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Chris Wiggins
prof, hackNY/Columbia

Chris Wiggins is co-founder of hackNY and an associate professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University. and is also a founding member of Columbia’s Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (C2B2).

This includes inference, analysis, and organization of naturally-occurring networks; statistical inference applied to time-series data; applications of information theory and optimization in biological networks; and large-scale sequence informatics in computational biology.

He originally moved to NYC in 1989 to attend Columbia.

Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia he was a Courant Instructor at NYU and earned his PhD at Princeton University.

Since 2001 he has also held appointments as a visiting scientist at Institut Curie (Paris), the Hahn-Meitner Institut (Berlin), and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (Santa Barbara). At Columbia he serves as the faculty advisor for the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) as well as the Application Development Initiative (ADI).

He is a founding member of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering (IDSE), serving on the Executive Committee, the Entrepreneurship Committee, and as Advisor to the Education Committee in forming the IDSE Curriculum and a Certificate program.

He is also co-founder of, whose programs have introduced hundreds of students to New York City’s growing venture-backed startup environment.

He was awarded the Avanessians Diversity Award in recognition of his work enhancing diversity in departmental, school, and university programs at Columbia in 2007.

He has served as a mentor during each of the Techstars NYC programs.


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