Head of Feeding Performance
The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, UK
In 2004, Darren Logan obtained his PhD at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, UK. He moved to The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, USA where he was awarded a Skaggs Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate how mice provoke suckling behaviour in their young. During his time there, Darren also characterized a novel family of protein pheromones that proved to be the first published example of genetically-encoded signals that initiate a range of innate behaviours in mice, including inter-male aggression and fear of predators. In early 2010 Darren joined the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge UK, as faculty in the model organism programme. His team studies genes that enable mammals to detect, interpret and respond to sensory signals with an appropriate behaviour. Their research encompasses neuronal genomics and transcriptomics, innate and learned behavioural analyses, animal modelling and genome sequencing of humans with rare disorders of behaviour. In 2013 Darren was appointed an EMBO Young Investigator and in 2015 he became an Assistant Member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, USA. In 2016, he joined The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, UK as Head of Feeding Performance, while maintaining a research team at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.