Erez Aiden, PhD

  • Recruited to: Baylor College of Medicine
  • Recruited from: Harvard
  • Award: First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Member

Erez Aiden received his PhD from Harvard and MIT in 2010, where he won the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for the best student inventor at MIT. After several years at Harvard's Society of Fellows and at Google as Visiting Faculty, he became Assistant Professor of Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and Computer Science at Rice University. A CPRIT Scholar, Prof. Aiden currently directs The Center for Genome Architecture. In 2009, he was named one of Technology Review’s TR35, the top 35 innovators under 35. In 2011, he recieved a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health. In 2012, he received the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering - the highest honor given by the US government to young scientists - for inventing, with colleagues, a technology that probes how genomes fold in 3D. His work has appeared on the covers of Nature and Science.