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Nicholas A. Christakis

Social Scientist and Physician; Director, Human Nature Lab, Yale University; Co-director, Yale Institute for Network Science

Nicholas A. Christakis is a social scientist and physician at Yale University who conducts research in the fields of network science, biosocial science, behavior genetics, public health, and epidemiology. His current work focuses on how human biology and health affect, and are affected by, social interactions and social networks. One body of work in his lab focuses on how health and health behavior in one person can influence analogous outcomes in a person’s social network.

Christakis is the author of more than 200 articles and several books and was named by Time magazine to their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009.

Christakis received his bachelor’s from Yale, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, his Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2006; the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010; and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.