Roy Dar researches biological noise – fluctuations in gene expression (noise) happen due to random timing and discrete nature of biochemical interactions that occur throughout gene expression processes. The Dar Research Group aims to determine if cellular decision-making can be controlled by modulated and engineered noise. Through their research, his lab hopes to control decision-making at a single-cell level that is important for viruses and cancers. Recently, Dar found that introducing noise at an HIV-1 gene circuitry enhanced viral reaction.
Roy David Dar, PhD, received his B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics form Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 2004 and his PhD in Physics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2011. He is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is also an affiliate of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and a mentor with the CCIL’s TiMe program.