Prof. Dan Graur

Emeritus in School of Zoology
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Prof. Dan Graur
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Dan Graur was born in Piatra Neamt, Romania in 1953 and emigrated to Israel in 1964. After serving in the army for three years, he finished his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at Tel Aviv University.

In 1985, he got his Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, followed by postdoctoral research at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen funded by a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung.

Dan Graur started his academic career at Tel Aviv University in 1986, and climbed through the ranks until he reached the rank of Professor in 1996.

In 2003, he became Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University and relocated to the University of Houston, where he is John and Rebecca Moores Distinguished Professor of Biology and Biochemistry.

His research focuses on evolutionary bioinformatics of genes and genomes. Dan Graur has authored and coauthored five books and more than 150 research articles, reviews, book chapters, and commentaries.

Dan Graur has had visiting appointments in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States.

In 2015, he was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.




1980-1985. Ph.D. (University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston).

1979-1980. M.Sc. (Tel Aviv University)

1974-1978. B.Sc. (Tel Aviv University)


Academic Appointments:


2003-present. John and Rebecca Moores Professor, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston

2006-present. Professor Emeritus of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

2012-present. Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston

2005-2016. Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine

2005-2013. Adjunct Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University

2003-2006. Norman and Rose Lederer Professor Emeritus of Biology, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

2001-2003. Gordon Professor of Life Sciences, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

1996-2001. Professor, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

1992-1996. Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

1989-1992. Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

1986-1993. Academic Associate, Interdisciplinary Program for the Fostering of Excellence, Tel Aviv University

1986-1989. Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

1985-1986. Postdoctoral Fellow, Lehrstuhl für Populationsgenetik, Universität Tübingen

1983. History of Science Consultant, J. Huxley Archives, Rice University


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Recent Publications

Publications since 2013:

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Zheng Y, Dimond KL, Graur D, Zufall RA. 2013. Patterns of intron sequence conservation in the genus Tetrahymena. Protist Genomics 1:19–24.


Graur D, Zheng Y, Price N, Azevedo RB, Zufall RA, Elhaik E. 2013. On the immortality of television sets: "function" in the human genome according to the evolution-free gospel of ENCODE. Genome Biol. Evol. 5:578-590.


Elhaik E, Graur D. 2013. IsoPlotter+: A tool for studying the compositional architecture of genomes. ISRN Bioinformatics 2013: 725434 (6 pages)


Ezawa K, Landan G, Graur D. 2013. Detecting negative selection on recurrent mutations using gene genealogy. BMC Genet. 14:37.


Simola DF, Wissler L, Donahue G, Waterhouse RM, Helmkampf M, Roux J, Nygaard S, Hunt BG, Hagen D, Viljakainen L, Reese J, Graur D, Elhaik E, Glastad KM, Kriventseva EV, Wen J, Parker B, Cash E, Privman E, Muñoz-Torres M, Berger SL, Boomsma JJ, Bornberg-Bauer E, Currie C, Elsik C, Suen G, Goodisman MAD, Keller L, Liebig J, Rawls A, Reinberg D, Smith CD, Smith CR, Tsutsui N, Wurm Y, Zdobnov EM, Gadau J. 2013. Social insect genomes exhibit dramatic evolution in gene composition and regulation while preserving regulatory features linked to sociality. Genome Res. 23:1235-1247.


Elhaik E, Tatarinova TV, Klyosov AA, Graur D. 2014. The 'extremely ancient' chromosome that isn't: a forensic bioinformatic investigation of Albert Perry's X-degenerate portion of the Y chromosome. Eur. J. Hum. Genet. 22:1111-1116.


Elsik CG, Worley KC, Bennett AK, Beye M, Camara FC, Childers CP, de Graaf DC, Debsyer G, Deng J, Devreese B, Elhaik E, Evans JD, Foster LJ, Graur D, Guigo R, Hoff KJ, Holder ME, Hudson ME, Hunt GJ, Jiang H, Joshi V, Khetani RS, Kosarev P, Kovar CL, Ma J, Maleszka R, Moritz RFA, Munoz-Torres MC, Murphy TD, Muzny DM, Newsham IF, Reese JT, Robertson HM, Robinson GE, Rueppell O, Solovyev V, Stanke M, Stolle E, Tsuruda JM, Van Vaerenbergh M, Waterhouse RM, Weaver DB, Whitfield CW, Wu Y, Zdobnov EM, Zhang L, Zhu D, Gibbs RA. 2013. Finding the missing honey bee genes: lessons learned from a genome upgrade. BMC Genomics 15:86.


Woehle C, Kusdian G, Radine C, Graur D, Landan G, Gould SB. 2014. The parasite Trichomonas vaginalis expresses thousands of pseudogenes and lncRNAs independently from neighboring genes. BMC Genomics 15:906


Elhaik E, Graur D. 2014. A comparative study and a phylogenetic exploration of the compositional architectures of mammalian nuclear genomes. PLoS Comput. Biol. 10:e1003925.


Elhaik E, Tatarinova TV, Klyosov AA, Graur D. 2014. An extended reply to Mendez et al.: The 'extremely ancient' chromosome that still isn't. arXiv:1410.3972


Graur D, Zheng Y, Azevedo RB. 2015. An evolutionary classification of genomic function. Genome Biol. Evol. 7:642-645.


Elhaik E, Tatarinova TV, Klyosov AA, Graur D. 2015. Reply to Mendez et al: The 'extremely ancient' chromosome that still isn't. Eur. J. Hum. Genet. 23:567-568.


Price N, Graur D. 2016. Are synonymous sites in primates and rodents functionally constrained? J. Mol. Evol. 82:51-64.


Graur D. 2016. Molecular and Genome Evolution. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA (717 pp)






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