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Dr. Erez Aiden named newest McNair Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Erez Aiden

Award-winning scientist Dr. Erez Aiden has been named the newest McNair Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine.

The McNair Scholar program at Baylor identifies established and rising stars in biomedical research to be recruited to Baylor. The program is supported by the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation and managed by the McNair Medical Institute.

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.

With funding from the McNair Scholar Program and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, Aiden was recruited to Baylor as an assistant professor of genetics. He 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.

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.”