Aravinda Chakravarti, PhD
Aravinda Chakravarti, PhD, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Director, Center for Human Genetics and Genomics, Professor, Institute for Systems Genetics, Professor, Department of Medicine, is a molecular geneticist, is a molecular geneticist whose research is aimed at genome-scale analysis of human disease, analysis of gene variation and function, and elucidating the genetic basis of common genetic disorders. He received his PhD in human genetics from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 1979 and continued postdoctoral training at the University of Washington in Seattle until 1980.
Dr. Chakravarti's scientific contributions include pioneering linkage disequilibrium mapping in human genetics, building common variation maps of the human genome, unraveling the multifactorial molecular genetics of Hirschsprung disease and demonstrating the importance of non-coding genetic variation in enhancers in complex diseases. He has been a participant and part of the leadership of the human genome, the HapMap and the 1000 genomes projects. He was the 2008 President of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), and has been elected to the US National Academy of Medicine and is a Fellow of the AAAS. Dr. Chakravarti is one of the founding Editors of Genome Research and the Annual Reviews of Human Genetics & Genomics. He was awarded the American Society of Human Genetics’ Allan Award in 2013 for his contributions to human genetics.