Yoav Gilad, PhD, Professor of Medicine, has been appointed as Vice Chair for Research effective November 1, 2017. Dr. Gilad is an internationally acclaimed leader in the fields of human genetics, gene regulation, and genome biology .
Dr. Gilad’s research focuses on advancing our understanding of the genetics of complex phenotypes by studying intermediate molecular data, such as gene regulatory states within and across populations and species. He uses both human and non-human primate models to understand how changes in gene regulation can explain human diseases, and how individual cells vary and differ from each other. Understanding this variability has profound impact on our understanding of how organs and our whole body function as a unit, and may help in defining what genetic differences are truly relevant to the development of common diseases. Dr. Gilad’s lab uses innovative empirical and computational approaches, such as stem cell models, single-cell sequencing, genome informatics, and functional genomics tools, using both human and non-human primate cells and tissues in order to advance individualized medicine.
Dr. Gilad currently serves as Chief of the Section of Genetic Medicine, Director of the Functional Genomics and Sequencing Core Facility for the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the Stem Cell Training Core Facility and Chair of the Committee on Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology. As a mentor, Dr. Gilad has trained or co-trained dozens graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom now hold academic positions at top institutions.
In his role as Vice Chair for Research, Dr. Gilad will work closely with Dr. Everett Vokes and Department leadership to advance the scientific mission.