Itai Yanai

Itai Yanai, PhD

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and Pathology
Alexandria Life Sciences Building, 510
430 East 29th Street, New York, NY  10016
Office:  646-501-4603
Lab:  646-501-4633

Lab Website

Key Interests

Systems biology, computational biology, microbiome, cancer, evolutionary and developmental biology, single-cell transcriptomics, genomics​

Biographical Details

Graduate Education:               PhD in Bioinformatics at Boston Univeristy (2002)
Postdoctoral Training:             Weizmann Institute of Science (2002-2004) and 
                                                Harvard University (2004-2008)
Academic Appointments:        Assistant Professor in Biology, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
                                                Associate Professor in Biology, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
                                                Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU School
                                                 of Medicine (2016)

Major Responsibilities

Director of the Institute of Computational Medicine

Research Interests

Our research focuses on the interface of gene expression, development, and evolution.  Trained in experimental embryology, molecular biology, and computational biology, we are interested in exploring how developmental pathways evolve at the molecular level.  Members of my lab carry out intriciate embryological experiments at the level of individual cells and apply coputational approaches to explore gene regulation.  Our results from a systemic comparison of gene pathways across diverse animal species indicate that evolutionary processes cna be used to study the regulatory genomic architecture.

Lab Members

Tobias Schraink, PhD Student
Gustavo Franca, Postdoctoral Fellow
Gal Avital, Graduate Student
Maayan Baron, Graduate Student
Bo Xia, Graduate Student
Yun Yan, Summer Student