Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Principal Investigator Manolis Kellis, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded the 2011 Niki Award by the Athens Information Technology (AIT) Center of Excellence for Research and Education. The award, which is presented annually, honors prominent Greeks or personalities of Greek descent who are internationally recognized for their contributions to science and technology, and for inspiring a new generation of scientists.
Kellis, the leader of the MIT Computational Biology Group, was honored “for his distinguished contribution to science and his research into the human genome at the MIT Computational Biology Group,” according to the AIT website.
Kellis’ expertise is in the areas of computational biology, genomics, epigenomics, gene regulation and genome evolution. His group seeks to understand how the genome sequence leads to the unique biology of each person through understanding the functional building blocks of the human genome, their interconnections, and their association with disease and health phenotypes.