Nathan Yozwiak, PhD

Associate Director of Viral Genomics, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard

Nathan Yozwiak is an Associate Director of Viral Genomics in the Sabeti Lab at Harvard University and the Broad Institute. He oversees research projects studying Ebola and Lassa virus diagnostics and viral evolution in collaboration with partners in West Africa. He is working to establish the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease (ACEGID; at Redeemer’s University, Nigeria, as well as new U.S.-based global health education programs. His interests focus on global health policy, developing genomic diagnostic research and teaching tools, and expanding infectious disease research capacity.

Nathan received his Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases and Immunity from the University of California, Berkeley, where his studies, with co-mentors Joe DeRisi and Eva Harris, focused on the detection and discovery of known and novel viruses in acute pediatric illness in Nicaragua using viral microarrays and deep sequencing technology. Prior to joining the Sabeti Lab, he was a Hellman Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he developed an initiative investigating public trust in childhood vaccines.

When not in the lab, he can often be found exploring the New England woods, enjoying team sports, and reading anything and everything. He is fascinated not only by evolutionary biology, but by cartography, oil painting, and facts about deep space.