Yaniv Erlich’s lab focuses on developing new strategies at the New York Genome Center in order to harness datasets from millions of people through social media and scientific resources. With that information, the lab will work to dissect the genetic architecture of complex traits to work toward bridging the missing heritability gap. Erlich’s lab consists of a group of computer scientists, statisticians, and experimentalists who are interested in integrative approaches for next generation genomics.
Yaniv Erlich, PhD, is an Adjunct Core Member at the New York Genome Center (NYGC). He holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University. Prior to joining the NYGC, Dr. Erlich was at the Whitehead Institute at MIT. He led his own research group there as the prestigious Whitehead Fellow from 2010-2014.
Dr. Erlich’s research focuses on building new tools and algorithms for studying human genomics. He is developing new strategies at the NYGC to harness datasets from millions of people from social media and scientific resources, and, in turn, dissect the genetic architecture of complex traits to work toward bridging the missing heritability gap. His work has been featured often in the national and international media, including the New York Times, NPR and the Wall Street Journal.
He received his PhD from the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Dr. Erlich is the recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award, Harold M. Weintraub Award, the IEEE/ACM-CS HPC Award and he was selected as one of Tomorrow’s PIs team of Genome Technology.