Professor Robert Gerlai
Robert Gerlai is a behaviour geneticist and obtained his PhD in 1987 from the Eötvös Loránd University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. He has worked in the biotechnology (Genentech) and biopharmaceutical research industries (Eli Lilly and Company and Saegis Pharmaceuticals) as senior scientist and executive as well as at different universities.
Professor Gerlai is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He has worked with several different animal species, including paradise fish and mice. He has been using zebrafish in his research for the past 15 years, and studies the effects of alcohol on brain function and behaviour, including social behaviour, fear-anxiety, and learning and memory. In recognition of his research, he received the 2013 IBANGS Distinguished Scientist Award, and the 2015 UTM Research Excellence Award. This is Professor Gerlai’s first term on the UTM Campus Council.