Dr Eran Elhaik
Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2704
Room B112, Firth Court, Bioinformatics Hub
Lab website: www.eranelhaiklab.org
- BSc (1999) Israel, Open University (double major in Computer Science and Business)
- PhD (2009) Texas, University of Houston
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2009-2011) Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2011-2013) Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health
- Research Associate (2013-2013) Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health
- Lecturer (2014-present) University of Sheffield
- Topic Editor for Frontiers in GENETICS
My research centres on identifying and addressing BIG QUESTIONS in biology from multiple fields such as:
- Complex disorders, particularly mental health disorders
- Population genetics (biogeography, population structure, DNA reconstruction)
- Personalised medicine (prescribing medicine based on biogeography)
- Molecular evolution (molecular clocks, evolution rates)
- Genomics (genome evolution, phylogeny)
- Paleo-genomics (Adam Y chromosome, ancient genomes)
- Epigenetics (methylation, gene expression, regulation)
My research is multidisciplinary and requires computational and statistical skills alongside epidemiological and mathematical skills. For example, in Elhaik (2013a) I designed a dedicated microarray for genetic genealogy, in Elhaik (2013b) I showed that the origin of European Jews is from the Khazars, in Elhaik (2014a) I dated the most ancient human Y chromosome known as "Adam" Y chromosome, and in Elhaik (2014b) I developed the GPS tool that uses DNA to predict geographical origin of populations with an extreme accuracy.
Current research topics include:
- Identifying the environmental causes of autism and developing therapeutic methods
- Identifying the "Missing Link" between human and ape
- Predicting the geographical origins of ancient populations
- Developing applications for personalised medicine and stem cell therapy
I am currently teaching on the following modules:
- 2016, Contributing to APS351, Human Evolutionary Genetics (L3), 10 credits.
- 2016, APS331, Dissertation (L3), 20 credits.
- 2015-2016, Contributing to APS344, Topics in Evolutionary Genetics (L3), 10 credits.
- 2015-2016, APS222, Tutorials (L2), 10 credits.
- 2015-2016, APS135, Skills for Biologists 1 (L1), 20 credits.
- 2015-2016, Contributing to MEDT32/33, Bioinformatics & Interpretation in Genomics (MSc in Genomic Medicine), 15 credits.
I will have completed my CiLT2 certificate in 3 weeks time.
I was nominated to the Sheffield Students' Union Academic Award 2016 in the category: Best Personal Tutor.