Simon Tavare

Simon Tavaré, PhD

Senior Associate Core Member

Simon Tavaré, PhD, is a Senior Associate Core Member at the New York Genome Center (NYGC). Dr. Tavaré, one of the world’s experts in statistics and probability in computational biology, became Founding Director of the Herbert and Florence Irving Institute of Cancer Dynamics at Columbia University in July 2018. He also holds appointments at Columbia in the departments of Statistics and Biological Sciences and as a member of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Tavaré was Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute and Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.

His research interests include statistical genetics, evolutionary approaches to cancer and stochastic computation. Dr. Tavaré forges connections and collaborations between the NYGC and other cancer research centers around the world, including leading a community-wide working group to build collaborations in computational cancer genomics.

He spent 25 years in academia in the United States before moving to Cambridge in 2004. He was elected as a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences in 2009, as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011, a member of EMBO in 2015, and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 2018. He is a Past President of the London Mathematical Society. Dr. Tavaré received his BSc degree, MSc degree and PhD in Probability and Statistics from the University of Sheffield, UK.