Ilan Shomorony

Data Scientist at Human Longevity, Inc.

e-mail: ishomorony at humanlongevity dot com

phone: 305-331-2153


  • Nov 15 2017: I gave an invited talk at the IEEE IT Meeting at Stanford. Title: DNA Sequencing: From Information Limits to Genome Assembly Software.
  • Oct 30 2017: I gave an invited talk at the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers. Title: "Storing Information in Short DNA Molecules".
  • Oct 6 2017: I gave an invited talk at the Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing. Title: "Is Genome Assembly Really NP-Hard?".
  • July 17 2017: I joined the Data Science team at Human Longevity, Inc.
  • May 6 2017: One paper to appear at ISIT 2017:
    • Fundamental limits of DNA storage systems (arXiv)
  • Feb 17 2017: I gave a talk at the CSE Colloquium Lecture Series at UCSD.
  • Feb 16 2017: I gave a talk at the ITA Workshop on "Fundamental Limits of DNA Storage Systems".
  • Sep 28 2016: I gave a talk at the Allerton Conference on "Designing genome assembly algorithms from a rate-distortion perspective".
  • Aug 31 2016: Our paper "Information-optimal genome assembly via sparse read-overlap graphs" was published at Bioinformatics and will be presented at ECCB 2016.
  • Jul 6 2016: Our new long-read assembler HINGE is now available!
  • May 8 2016: Two papers to appear at ISIT 2016:
    • Overlap-Based Genome Assembly from Variable-Length Reads (link)
    • Partial DNA Assembly: A Rate-Distortion Perspective (arXiv)
  • Mar 28 2016: I gave an online talk at the Shannon Channel. (link)
  • Feb 10 2016: I gave a talk at the Machine Learning seminar at Duke University. Title: "The DNA Assembly Problem: Designing algorithms based on Information Limits"
  • Oct 15 2015: I gave a talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory meeting on Probabilistic Modeling in Genomics. Title: "Sparse String Graphs Achieve the Information Limit for de novo assembly"
  • Oct 1 2015: Paper "Informational Bottlenecks in Two-Unicast Wireless Networks with Delayed CSIT" at Allerton Conference (presented by Alireza).

About me

I recently joined the Data Science team at Human Longevity, Inc., where I'll be conducting research on computational methods for analyzing genomic data.

From June 2015 to July 2017, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the NSF Center for Science of Information working with Prof. Tom Courtade at UC Berkeley and Prof. David Tse at Stanford University.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Simons Institute at UC Berkeley during Spring 2015. I completed my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University in August 2014, under the supervision of Prof. Salman Avestimehr. I was part of the Foundations of Information Engineering (FoIE) group. I received my B.S. in Mathematics and ECE from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, MA, in 2009. I spent the summer of 2011 as an intern at HP Labs, in Palo Alto, CA.

Research Interests

I am interested in applications of information theory to problems in wireless communications, networking, and computational biology. My current research focuses on the design of algorithms for error correction and assembly of genomic data. My PhD research revolved around network information theory problems, particularly related to multi-user multi-hop wireless networks.


Best Presentation Award, UC Berkeley Computational Biology Retreat 2015

Simons Fellowship for Spring 2015 - Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, 2013 (with Alireza Vahid)

ISIT Student Paper Award Finalist, 2011

Olin Fellowship - Cornell University, 2009-2010

Provost's MQP Award (Senior Thesis Award) - WPI Math Department, 2009