The New York Genome Center has appointed Evan Eichler as an associate faculty member. He will help lead the autism study for the Center for Common Disease Genomics at NYGC that was established through the National Human Genome Research Institute common disease grant. In addition, Eichler will take on an advisory role planning scientific initiatives with the leadership and faculty of NYGC. He is currently a professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in the department of genome science at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is an editor of Genome Research and has served on various scientific advisory boards for both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.