Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
Yaniv Erlich is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computational Biology at Columbia University and a Core Member at the New York Genome Center. He is also a member of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
The Erlich Lab has developed bioinformatics methods that use diverse datasets to explore the genetic architecture of complex human traits. His work has focused on the role of short tandem repeats in rare genetic disorders and recently on the design of new approaches that use genealogy social networks to conduct genetic epidemiology studies based on millions of individuals. In a widely noticed 2013 paper he also showed that it is possible to identify personal identities in data previously thought to be de-identified, raising important questions about data security and privacy.
Before joining Columbia University, Erlich was a Principal Investigator at the Whitehead Institute, MIT. He has been a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award, the Harold M. Weintraub award, and the IEEE/ACM-CS HPC award. In 2010 he was selected as one of “Tomorrow’s PI’s” by Genome Technology magazine.