Yaniv Erlich


Tel(212) 939-7050

Yaniv Erlich’s research interests are computational human genetics.

Erlich is an associate professor of computer science and computational biology and the chief science officer of MyHeritage.com. Previously, he was a fellow at the Whitehead Institute, MIT. Erlich received his bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, Israel (2006) and a PhD from the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2010).

Erlich is the recipient of DARPA’s Young Faculty Award (2017), the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award (2013), Harold M. Weintraub award (2010), the IEEE/ACM-CS HPC award (2008), and he was selected as one of 2010 Tomorrow’s PIs team of Genome Technology.

Professional Experience

  • Chief Science Officer, MyHeritage, 2017 –
  • Associate professor of computer science, Columbia University, 2017 –
  • Assistant professor of computer science, Columbia University, 2015 – 2017
  • Whitehead Fellow and PI, MIT, 2010 – 2015  


Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Human Genetics

Honors & Awards

  • Young Faculty Award, DARPA, 2017
  • The Marker “Israel 40 under 40,” 2017
  • Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface, 2013
  • Weintraub PhD Award, 2010
  • ACM HPC PhD Award, 2008


Selected Publications

  • Quantitative analysis of population-scale family trees, Joanna Kaplanis, Assaf Gordon, Mary Wahl, Michael Gershovits, Barak Markus, Mona Sheikh, Melissa Gymrek, Gaurav Bhatia, Daniel G MacArthur, Alkes Price, and Yaniv Erlich, Science, 2018
  • DNA.Land is a framework to collect genomes and phenomes in the era of abundant genetic information, Jie Yuan, Assaf Gordon, Daniel Speyer, Richard Aufrichtig, Dina Zielinski, Joseph Pickrell and Yaniv Erlich, Nature Genetics. 2018
  • DNA Fountain enables a robust and efficient storage architecture. Yaniv Erlich and Dina Zielinski, Science. 2017
  • Abundant Contribution of Short Tandem Repeats to Gene Expression Variation in Humans. Melissa Gymrek,Thomas Willems, Audrey Guilmatre, Haoyang Zeng, Barak Markus, Mark J. Daly, Alkes L. Price, Jonathan K Pritchard, Andrew J Sharp, and Yaniv Erlich. Nature Genetics. 2016
  • Routes for breaching and protecting genetic privacy. Yaniv Erlich and Arvind Narayanan. Nature Reviews Genetics. 2014.
  • Identifying personal genomes by surname inference. Melissa Gymrek, Amy McGuire, David Golan, Eran Halperin, Yaniv Erlich. Science. 2013.
  • Compressed Genotyping. Yaniv Erlich, Assaf Gordon, Michael Brand, Gregory J. Hannon, and Partha P. Mitra. IEEE Transaction on information theory. 2010.
  • Alta-Cyclic: a self-optimizing base caller for next generation sequencing. Yaniv Erlich, Partha P. Mitra, Melissa delaBastide, W Richard McCombie, and Gregory J. Hannon. Nature Methods. 2008