Evan E. Eichler


Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Evan Eichler, Ph.D. is a Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator (appointed 2005) in the Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Eichler joined the University of Washington in 2004 as an Associate Professor with tenure and then Professor in 2008. He also became an Associate Member of the New York Genome Center (NYGC) in 2015. Dr. Eichler’s research group provided the first genome-wide view of segmental duplications within human and other primate genomes and he is a leader in an effort to identify and sequence normal and disease-causing structural variation in the human genome. The long-term goal of his research is to understand the evolution and mechanisms of recent gene duplication and its relationship to copy number variation and human disease. He graduated with a B.Sc. Honours degree in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1990 and received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. After a Hollaender postdoctoral fellowship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in 1997. Dr. Eichler was an Affiliate Professor in the Division of Human Biology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, from 2004–2018. Dr. Eichler was a March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Scholar (1998–2001), awarded an AAAS Fellowship (2006) and the American Society of Human Genetics Curt Stern Award (2008), and elected to the National Academy of Sciences (2012) and the National Academy of Medicine (2017). He is an editor of Genome Research and has served on various scientific advisory boards for both the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Eichler has about 400 peer-reviewed publications, of which about 180 are first or corresponding senior-author publications.