Lior Pachter

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Lior Samuel Pachter
Lior Pachter 2013.jpg
Lior Pachter in 2013
Born (1973-05-03) May 3, 1973 (age 45)
Ramat Gan, Israel
Alma mater California Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Spouse(s) Ingileif Bryndís Hallgrímsdóttir
Children Three daughters
Scientific career
Thesis Domino Tiling, Gene Recognition and Mice (1999)
Doctoral advisor Bonnie Berger

Lior Pachter is a computational biologist. He works at the California Institute of Technology, where he is the Bren Professor of Computational Biology. He has widely varied research interests including genomics, combinatorics, computational geometry, machine learning, scientific computing, and statistics.[1]

Pachter was born in Israel and grew up in South Africa.[2] He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1994.[1] He completed his doctorate in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, supervised by Bonnie Berger,[3] with Eric Lander and Daniel Kleitman as co-advisors.[1] He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1999 and was given the Sackler Chair in 2012.[1]

As well as for his technical contributions, Pachter is known for using new media to promote open science[4] and for a thought experiment he posted on his blog according to which 'the nearest neighbor to the "perfect human"' is from Puerto Rico.[5] This received considerable media attention,[6] and a response was published in Scientific American.[7]

In 2017, Pachter was elected as a Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Curriculum vitae: Lior Pachter (PDF), 2017, retrieved 2017-05-16 .
  2. ^ Eskenazi, Joe (June 14, 2002), "U.C. divestment petition troubles pro-Israel activists", Jweekly .
  3. ^ Lior Pachter at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Lesen, Amy E. (2015), "A new paradigm for science communication? Social media, twitter, science, and public engagement: a literature review", in Lesen, Amy E., Scientists, Experts, and Civic Engagement: Walking a Fine Line, Ashgate Studies in Environmental Policy and Practice, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., pp. 111–136, ISBN 9781472415240 . See in particular pp. 119–120.
  5. ^ Pachter, Lior (December 2, 2014). "The perfect human is Puerto Rican". Bits of DNA – Reviews and commentary on computational biology by Lior Pachter. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ Valdez, Maria G. (December 4, 2014), "New Study Reveals The Perfect Human Genetically Speaking Is From This Caribbean Island!", Latin Times 
  7. ^ Oleksyk, Taras K.; Martinez-Cruzado, Juan Carlos (February 5, 2015). "Why There Is No Perfect Human In Puerto Rico or Anywhere Else". Scientific American. .
  8. ^ "February 13, 2017: The International Society for Computational Biology Names Seven Members as the ISCB Fellows Class of 2017". www.iscb.org. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 

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