Yaniv Erlich is a Core Member at the New York Genome Center and Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computational Biology at Columbia University. Prior to these positions, he was a Principal Investigator at the Whitehead Institute, MIT. He received a bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, Israel (2006) and a PhD from the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2010). Dr. Erlich’s research interests are computational human genetics. He specifically interested in repurposing of social media for genetic studies. In his past research, Dr. Erlich constructed a 13 million people pedigree using genealogy-driven social media and launched DNA.Land, a website to crowd-source genetic information. Dr. Erlich also identified a new genetic privacy loophole that allows inferring surname of individuals from simple Internet searches using genetic data.
Dr. Erlich is the recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award (2013), Harold M. Weintraub award (2010), the IEEE/ACM-CS HPC award (2008), and he was selected as one of 2010 Tomorrow’s PIs team of Genome Technology.