Aravinda Chakravarti

New York University

Primary Section: 41, Medical Genetics, Hematology, and Oncology
Secondary Section: 26, Genetics
Membership Type:
Member (elected 2015)


Aravinda Chakravarti, Ph.D. is Director, Center for Human Genetics and Genomics, and the Muriel G & George W Singer Professor of Neuroscience & Physiology and Professor of Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. He was the 2008 President of the American Society of Human Genetics, and has been elected to the US National Academy of Science, the US National Academy of Medicine, the Indian National Academy of Science and the Indian Academy of Sciences.For his contributions to human genetics and genomics he was awarded the 2013 William Allan Award by the American Society of Human Genetics and the 2018 Chen Award by the Human Genome Organization. Aravinda received his doctoral degree in human genetics in 1979 and started his faculty career at the University of Pittsburgh (1980 – 1993), was the James H. Jewell Professor of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University (1994-2000), and the inaugural Director and Henry J. Knott Professor of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins (2000-2007), and the inaugural Director of the Center for Complex Disease Genomics at Johns Hopkins (2007-2018) prior to his arrival at NYU.

Research Interests

His research has led to roles as a key participant and architect of the Human Genome project, the HapMap and 1000 Genomes projects, and his work is currently aimed at genome-scale analysis of the molecular basis of human disease.

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