Lior Pachter received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from MIT in 1999. He then moved to the University of California at Berkeley where he was a postdoctoral researcher (1999-2001), assistant professor (2001-2005), associate professor (2005-2009), and until 2018 the Raymond and Beverly Sackler professor of computational biology and professor of mathematics and molecular and cellular biology with a joint appointment in computer science. Since January 2017 he has been the Bren professor of computational biology at Caltech.
Lior Pachter’s research interests span the mathematical and biological sciences, and he has authored over 100 research articles in the areas of algorithms, combinatorics, comparative genomics, algebraic statistics, molecular biology and evolution. His lab develops computational and experimental methods for genomics, and is currently focused on the development of single-cell genomics technologies and their application to RNA biology. The computational challenges addressed in his group involve the analysis of high-dimensional data.