Aviva Presser Aiden, MD, PhD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-824-5497

Contact Information

6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
United States
Texas US

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and Molecular and Human Genetics

Baylor College of Medicine

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine residency Pediatrics 2018
Harvard Medical School medical school Doctor of Medicine 2014
Harvard University PhD Doctor of Philosophy 2009


Medicine is complex. I try to treat it as a science while recognizing that there is a lot of art to it. I make use of the medical tools we have, while recognizing their limitations. Like everything in medicine, these tools have both benefits, but also risks, and I try to use the best knowledge we have to balance these two. Finally, I try to see the issue, be it big or small, from the perspective of the parent and child, and not just from the perspective of medicine. 
Clinical Interests:

Emergency medicine
Research Interests:

Vector-borne infectious disease
Clean energy and health

Utilizing a core set of strategies, the Emergency Services department is committed to our vision of improving the health outcomes of all children in emergent and urgent care settings. Additionally, we endeavor to fulfill our mission of providing the highest quality care, experience, education, research, advocacy and value.

Please note that Dr. Aiden only sees patients in the Emergency Center and does not accept appointments.

Selected Publications

R.E.Gate, C.S.Cheng, A.P.Aiden et al,“Genetic determinants of chromatin accessibility and gene regulation in T cell activation across human individuals.” In press, Nature Genetics.

Matthews, B, & Dudchenko, O et al. “Improved Aedes aegypti mosquito reference genome assembly enables biological discovery and vector control.” In press, Nature.
O.Dudchenko,et,al.A.P.Aiden,and E.L.Aiden,“De novo assembly of the Aedes aegypti genome using Hi-C yields chromosome-length scaffolds.” Science 356(6333), p. 92-95, 07 April 2017.
J-B. Michel,Y. Shen, A. Presser Aiden, et al. "Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books" Science 331(6014) p. 176-182 (2011) Cover Article.
A. Presser Aiden, M.N. Rivera, et. al. “Chromatin Analysis of Wilms Tumor Highlights Stem Cell Properties and a Renal Developmental Network” Cell Stem Cell 6(6) p.591-602 (2010).

P.J.Yeh, M.J. Hegreness, A. Presser Aiden, & R. Kishony.“Drug interactions and the evolution of antibiotic resistance.” Nat. Rev. Microbiol 7 p. 460-466 (2009).