Itai Yanai has been named the inaugural director of the newly created Institute for Computational Medicine at New York University's Langone Medical Center. He'll step into the role officially on May 1. Yanai will also be a professor in NYU School of Medicine's department of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology.Yanai joins NYU Langone from the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology where he was a faculty member in the biology department. His research focuses on gene regulation and combines experimental approaches in embryology, molecular biology, and computational biology. He has a PhD in bioinformatics from Boston University.