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Stay up to date on the work of researchers in NYU Langone’s Center for Human Genetics and Genomics by reading the latest news and scientific publications.

Center for Human Genetics and Genomics Welcomes Inaugural Director Aravinda Chakravarti, PhD

In April 2018, celebrated geneticist Aravinda Chakravarti, PhD, joined NYU Langone as the inaugural director of the Center for Human Genetics and Genomics. Dr. Chakravarti is known for his seminal work on elucidating the complex genetic underpinning of human disease.

Under his leadership, the center will further explore how large-scale genetic analyses can inform the development of new targeted treatments. Dr. Chakravarti and his team aim to innovate genetic research by taking an interdisciplinary approach, working closely with faculty across NYU Langone.

Faculty Spotlight: Gilad D. Evrony, MD, PhD

Gilad D. Evrony, MD, PhD, a faculty member in the Center for Human Genetics and Genomics, was a featured lecturer in the Spotlight on Faculty seminar series hosted by Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, NYU Langone’s vice dean for science and chief scientific officer. Dr. Evrony discussed his research and the recently-launched Pediatric Undiagnosed Diseases Program, which he will co-direct.

“More than half of undiagnosed rare diseases will remain without a diagnosis, which means that most of those affected will likely not get the treatment that is best suited for their specific condition,” said Dr. Evrony in his talk.

The significance of his work is evident in the stories of his former patients, many of whom received definitive diagnoses through the use of genetic tools, allowing them to receive effective treatment for the first time.

Center for Human Genetics and Genomics Hosts Human Genetics in NYC Conference

In February 2019, the Center for Human Genetics and Genomics, under the leadership of Dr. Chakravarti, hosted the 7th Human Genetics in NYC conference at NYU Langone. The full-day event, which was attended by more than 400 researchers, ethicists, and other experts in human genetics from across New York City, is held biannually in collaboration with The Rockefeller University, Columbia University, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. This event drew more attendees than any other in its four-year history.

“Here at our new center, we have big ambitions to improve the science and clinical practice of human genetics,” said Dr. Chakravarti in his welcome remarks. Dr. Evrony also spoke, detailing his research focused on genetic conditions that lead to severe developmental abnormalities.

The conference featured scientific presentations on the progress, existing challenges, and areas of future direction in understanding the link between genetic mutations and human disease. Attendees also discussed the complex topic of communicating genetic results with patients and their families and providing them with relevant education and support.

Gilad Evrony, MD, PhD, Launches Pediatric Undiagnosed Diseases Program

Co-directed by John G. Pappas, MD, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Evrony’s pioneering research program will enroll pediatric patients who have undiagnosed diseases, using advanced genomics technologies to find the molecular–genetic cause of their disease.