On September 13, 2013, Associate Professor Manolis Kellis took the stage at TEDxCambridge to explain his work with computational biology and his hopes for the future of medicine. Using his own genome as an example, Kellis described his work using advanced computer science techniques to transform the field of medicine by taking a more personalized approach to treating patients.
As described in his talk, Kellis envisions a future where doctors and patients could access information on their personal genome to see whether certain combinations of medications, tailored to a person’s specific genetic mutations, could help treat or even predict disease.
“Over the past 10 years, my lab at MIT has developed a series of computational techniques, a series of lenses, that you can add to your genome microscope, each lens revealing a different aspect of its function,” said Kellis, describing his work to study the intricacies of the human genome. “We are now using these lenses to understand genomes at an unprecedented level of detail.”
Kellis is a principal investigator at CSAIL and a member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. At CSAIL, he leads the MIT Computational Biology Group. He is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
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For more information on Kellis’ work, please visit: http://www.csail.mit.edu/user/1562.