Professor Charalambos P. Kyriacou

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Professor of Behavioural Genetics

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3430
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3378



BSc (Birmingham) PhD (Sheffield)


Bambos was born in Camden and spent his school years in North London.  During the week he helped out in his father’s restaurant in Finchley, and during the summers he worked in the local graveyard. He went to Birmingham at 17 and read Psychology, where one of his lecturers turned his attention towards behavioural genetics.  His PhD in this subject using Drosophila was carried out jointly in the Departments of Psychology and Genetics in Sheffield.  After spending one year in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh as a Demonstrator, he moved to Brandeis University in Boston, where he worked with Jeff Hall on the neurogenetics of sexual and circadian behaviour in flies.  He continued this collaboration into the 1980’s and 1990’s, and was involved in the pioneering molecular analyses of fly circadian rhythm  genes, first in Edinburgh, then in the Genetics department at Leicester, where he has worked since 1984. He was promoted to Reader in 1992 and a Personal Chair in 1996.   He was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2000 and was HoD in 2000-2001.



Research Interests



The Department of Genetics hosts the coordinator (Prof C P Kyriacou) and manager of INsecTIME, a Marie Curie ITN funded by the European Commission. INsecTIME is a consortium which provides funding and training to 12 young scientists and 3 more senior fellows. The researchers aim to study insect timekeeping (daily and seasonal rhythms) in order to enhance our general knowledge of the genetic basis of biological clocks. The consortium consists of 14 research groups, located in 7 European countries plus Israel and including three SMEs. The InsecTIME laboratories are among the most renown in this field in Europe, with years of experience in the molecular genetic dissection of timing in a variety of insect species.
The Department of Genetics will welcome one full-time and two associate INsecTIME PhD students, in addition to hosting the headquarters for the management, coordination and organization of the consortium. To read more about INsecTIME follow this link:



BS3000 Evolutionary Genetics: Course Convenor;  BS3018 Genes and Development
In the medical school, he teaches neurogenetics and development to second year students. 


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Department of Genetics
University of Leicester

Adrian Building
University Road
United Kingdom

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Interim Head of Department

Professor Alison Goodall