Eleazar Eskin, Ph.D.
“I was a Ph.D. student during the time of the Human Genome Project, and it inspired me to get into the field.”
Dr. Eleazar Eskin serves as the inaugural chair for the UCLA Department of Computational Medicine. Fascinated by the intersection of computer science and biology, Dr. Eskin is researching and developing computational methods for the analysis of genetic variations in human disease. There are millions of variants in the genome and identifying the variants involved in disease often requires tens of thousands of patient samples. In order to analyze these tremendously large datasets, Dr. Eskin and his team are solving challenging computational problems and developing new computational techniques. He received his PhD in computer science from Columbia University. A recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, Dr. Eskin’s work is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.