Dr. Erez Aiden, the researcher who invented the the Hi-C method for three-dimensional genome sequencing, is the newest scientist recruited to the McNair Scholar program at the Baylor College of Medicine, as an assistant professor of genetics.
Dr. Aiden’s research has already been awarded with the National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award, the Lemelson-MIT prize for best student inventor at MIT, and a membership in Technology Review’s 2009 TR35 that recognized the top 35 innovators under 35. The President of the United States has honored him in 2012 with the President’s Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, the highest government honor for young scientists.
Aiden was the leader of the team that reported the first three dimensional map of the human genome, and his lab continues developing new methods and technologies regarding genomes in three dimensions. Recently called by Fast Company as the “America’s brightest young academic,” his work has already been on the front page of the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal.
The newest McNair Scholar graduated from Princeton University, with a Ph.D. in Applied Math and Health Sciences and Technology from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology in Cambridge. He also hold a Master of Arts degree in history from Yeshiva University, and another one in Applied Physics.
Aiden was a fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a visiting faculty member at Google, Inc. At Rice University, he also holds an appointment as an assistant professor of computer science and applied mathematics.
McNair Scholar Program identifies established and new stars in biomedical research, is supported by the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, and managed by the McNair Medical Institute.