Aravinda Chakravarti

Aravinda Chakravarti (born 6 February 1954, Calcutta) is a human geneticist, an expert in computational biology and the 2008 President of the American Society of Human Genetics.[3][4]

Aravinda Chakravarti
Aravinda Chakravarti in 2018
Born (1954-02-06) 6 February 1954 [1]
Calcutta, India
United States
Alma materIndian Statistical Institute
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
AwardsWilliam Allan Award (2013) [2]
Scientific career
InstitutionsJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
University of Pittsburgh
The Pennsylvania State University
University of Washington
ThesisThe Utility of Linked Marker Genes in Genetic Counseling [1] (1979)

Early life

Aravinda Chakravarti was born into a family of three sons. Their childhood revolved around the importance of education. He received his Bachelor of Statistics in 1974 from the Indian Statistical Institute in Calcutta. Then moved to the United States in 1979 where he received his Ph.D from the University of Texas.


After receiving his PhD, he then became a member of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1994 he began working at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is now currently the director of the Center for Complex Disease Genomics of the McKusick-Nathans Institute Medicine. As a professor at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, he contributed to an editorial titled Genomic Is Not Enough. Throughout this editorial, Chakravarti conveys his goal of making his genetic knowledge be used in medical practice for the use of public and for researchers. However, Chakravarti expresses there is lack of knowledge in how genes affect different diseases. Throughout evolving technology, he has discovered that genomes serve as a marking for our ancestors. Lastly, he discovered that genomic science has provided information about medical treatment for diseases depending on the individuals genes and from their family genes.

Chakravarti's research work has involved the elucidation of the genetics and molecular basis of human disease, primarily complex diseases, and includes both experimental and quantitative (statistical and computational) approaches. This work has, over the past 20 years, focused also on the development and application of numerous genetic and genome–wide tools to questions of human disease etiology.

Chakravarti served since 2000 as director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, and since 2007 as director of the Center for Complex Disease Genomics. He became director of the Center For Human Genetics & Genomics at New York University on 2 April 2, 2018.


In 2013, Aravinda Chakravarti received the award called the William Allan Award. This award is given out each year by the American Society of Genetics to a scientist who has made substantial contributions to understanding human genetics.


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