MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship Winner Ghedin Joins NYU Faculty

Elodie Ghedin, a biomedical researcher and a winner of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship, has joined the faculty in NYU’s Department of Biology.

Ghedin, whose research focuses on creating genomic sequencing techniques to better understand human pathogens, will also be part of NYU’s Global Institute of Public Health and the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology.

Ghedin, formerly at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, has focused her research on parasites that cause diseases found in tropical climates. Her studies have revealed similarities and differences in the molecular physiology of these parasites—findings that have implications for future drug development.

In addition, Ghedin and her colleagues are investigating approaches to understanding viruses that infect humans, such as HIV and influenzae. These viruses tend to mutate rapidly, frustrating efforts to develop vaccines. In a recent study of genome sequences of influenza collected in the New York area, Ghedin’s research team found that the virus quickly evolves—even within a relatively small geographic region.

Ghedin, a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow in 2012, received a B.S. (1989) from McGill University, an M.S. (1993) from Université du Québec à Montréal, and a Ph.D. (1998) from McGill University.

Prior to coming to NYU this spring, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1998-2000) and led the viral genomics group at the Institute for Genomic Research (2000-2006).  

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