Assistant Professor of Molecular & Human Genetics
Named McNair Scholar March 2014
Dr. Aiden is an assistant professor of the department of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and holds a joint appointment as an assistant professor of computer science and applied mathematics at Rice University. Aiden received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University; completed a Master of Arts degree in history from Yeshiva University; and completed a Master of Arts degree in Applied Physics as well as a Ph.D. in Applied Math and Health Sciences and Technology from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology in Cambridge. Subsequently, Aiden was a fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and a visiting faculty member at Google, Inc. Aiden and his collaborators invented the Hi-C method for three-dimensional genome sequencing and Aiden subsequently led the team that reported the first three dimensional map of the human genome. His lab continues to develop powerful new technologies and methods for interrogating genomes in three dimensions.
His research has won numerous awards including the Lemelson-MIT prize for best student inventor at MIT; membership in Technology Review's 2009 TR35, recognizing the top 35 innovators under 35; and a National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award. In 2012, he received the President's Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, the highest government honor for young scientists, awarded by the President of the United States. His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and his online talks have been viewed over a million times. Fast Company recently called Aiden “America's brightest young academic.” View profile.
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