CVG Membership Directory

MEMBER RESEARCH INTERESTS
Dorothy Ainsworth
Professor of Medicine
Dept. of Clinical Science
dma2@cornell.edu
Equine Lung Biology and Immunology
Adam Anderson
Associate Professor
Dept. of Human Development
aka47@cornell.edu
Psychology and neuroscience of emotions: including emotional experience and expression, with a major focus on interactions between emotion with various aspects of cognition, from early perception to social judgment.
Doug Antczak
McConville Professor of Equine Medicine
Baker Institute for Animal Health
dfa1@cornell.edu
Equine genetics; genomic imprinting; Major Histocompatibility Complex structure, function, and polymorphism; pregnancy immunology
Charles Aquadro
Professor of Population Genetics
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
cfa1@cornell.edu
Molecular population genomics, comparative genomics, evolutionary biology. Evolutionary and functional analysis of reproductive/fertilization proteins and germline stem cell maintenance and differentiation signaling proteins.
Avery August
Professor
Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
averyaugust@cornell.edu
Interested in signals that regulate the development and function of the immune system. Specifically, the Tec family tyrosine kinases and their roles in regulation of T cell development, mast cell development and function, and eosinophil development and function.
Andrew Bass
Professor
Dept. of Neurobiology & Behavior
ahb3@cornell.edu
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, using fish as model systems and using molecular techniques in combination with neurophysiology and neuroanatomy to identify the hormonal and neural mechanisms of the sense of hearing among vertebrates.
Yves Boisclair
Professor
Dept. of Animal Science
yrb1@cornell.edu
Endocrine regulation of metabolism with a focus on growth hormone, insulin-like growth factors and leptin.
Adam Boyko
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
boyko@cornell.edu
Canine genomics; genetics of adaptation and domestication; bioinformatics
Patsy Brannon
Professor
Div. of Nutritional Sciences
pmb22@cornell.edu
Current research examines how maternal nutrition regulates genes controlling placental growth in cell and animal models to understand how maternal malnutrition results in adverse fetal and adult offspring outcomes including intrauterine growth retardation and developmental programming
Ilana Brito
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
ibrito@cornell.edu
Co-evolution of vertebrate hosts with their endogenous microbes; Immune function and the microbiome.
Marjory Brooks
Sr. Research Associate
Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sci.
mbb9@cornell.edu
Comparative hemostasis: canine models of hereditary bleeding disorders, biomarkers of hypercoagulability in animals, role of transmembrane lipid movement in platelet apoptotic vs. activation response.
Elizabeth Buckles
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
elb36@cornell.edu
Anatomic pathology. Host viral interactions of avian viruses with special emphasis on the immune response to respiratory viruses.
Jonathan Butcher
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
jtb47@cornell.edu
Microenvironmental control of cardiac and valvular morphogenesis; Physiogenomics of cardiovascular systems; Mechanoregulation of heart valve cell biology in health and disease; Heart valve regenerative medicine and tissue engineering;
Patricia Cassano
Associate Professor
 
of Nutritional Epidemiology
Div. of Nutritional Sciences
pac6@cornell.edu
Studying the role of nutrition and gene-nutrient interactions in the etiology of chronic disease phenotypes. Role of nutrients with antioxidant properties in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Role of folate metabolism in health outcomes.
Yung-Fu Chang
Professor of Molecular Microbiology
Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sci.
yc42@cornell.edu
Molecular pathogenesis of bacterial diseases; Host-bacteria interaction; Comparative genomics; Vaccine and adjuvant development
Jonathan Cheetham
Research Scientist
Dept. of Clinical Sciences
jc485@cornell.edu
Our group's research focuses on restoring function after peripheral nerve injury of disease.
Soon Hon Cheong
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Clinical Sciences
cheong@cornell.edu

Research topics related to theriogenology and reproductive biology.
Morten Christiansen
Professor
Dept. of Psychology
Co-Director, Cognitive Science Program
christiansen@cornell.edu
The interaction of biological and environmental constraints in the processing, acquisition, and evolution of language, approached using a variety of methodologies, including computational modeling, corpus analyses, behavioral experiments, neuroimaging, and molecular genetics.
Andrew Clark
Professor of Population Genetics
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
ac347@cornell.edu
Human and Comparative Genomics; Genetic basis of complex disease; Population genetics of sperm competition; Population genetics of innate immunity
Theodore Clark
Professor
 
of Parasitology and Immunology
Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
tgc3@cornell.edu
Mechanisms of gamete membrane fusion; biology of host-parasite interactions; mitochondrial dynamics during cell stress; evolution of antigen presentation in vertebrates.
Thomas Cleland
Associate Professor
Dept. of Psychology
tac29@cornell.edu
Olfactory sensory processing; Neural coding and representation; Computational neuroscience; Behavioral phenotyping; Learning and memory systems
Paula Cohen
Professor of Genetics
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
pc242@cornell.edu
Mammalian germ cell development and meiosis; DNA mismatch repair pathway; Recombination chromosome structure and dynamics during recombination
Scott Coonrod
Professor of Epigenetics
 
& Reproductive Biology
Baker Institute for Animal Health
sac269@cornell.edu
Mammalian Development, Epigenetics, Role of Histone Modifications in Gene Regulation, Cancer Biology
Bethany Cummings
Assistant Professor
Dept of Biomedical Sciences
bpc68@cornell.edu
Animal modeling of bariatric surgery and the mechanisms behind its impact on disease processes such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Bile acid metabolism and glucagon-like peptide-1 biology are our primary mechanisms of interest.
Robin Dando
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Food Science
rd426@cornell.edu
Chemosensory mechanisms in health and disease, functional and transcriptional regulation of the taste and endocrine systems through obesity.
Charles Danko
Assistant Professor
Baker Inst. for Animal Health
dankoc@gmail.com
We study how gene expression patterns are encoded in Metazoan DNA sequence, and how these patterns contribute to evolution, development, and disease.
Timothy DeVoogd
Professor, Dept. of Psychology
tjd5@cornell.edu
Neural basis of female bird song learning and discrimination;
Interplay between the hippocampus and other brain areas in spatial learning and memory;
Behavior and brain evolution in birds
Gerald Duhamel
Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Science
ged36@cornell.edu
My research focuses on basic understanding of molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions and their relationship to susceptibility and resistance against diseases, particularly within the framework of intestinal microbial pathogenesis in laboratory animal models of human diseases.
Julia Felippe
Associate Professor
 
of Large Animal Medicine
Dept. of Clinical Sciences
mbf6@cornell.edu
Our laboratory studies clinical immunology with specific interests in equine immunodeficiencies and developmental immunity of the foal. Our research program currently focuses on immunogenetics and mechanisms that control B cell development.
Joseph Fetcho
Professor
Dept. of Neurobiology & Behavior
jrf49@cornell.edu
We use zebrafish to study how movements are produced by the brain and spinal cord of vertebrates, how to restore function after spinal injury, and the neurobiological importance of sleep.
Lisa Fortier
Professor
 
of Large Animal Surgery
Dept. of Clinical Sciences
laf4@cornell.edu
Regulation of chondrocyte phenotype through the small GTPases; Establishing/characterizing equine embryonic stem cells
Maria Garcia-Garcia
Associate Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
mjg75@cornell.edu
Our focus is to understand the genes and processes that control embryonic development in mammals. We use mouse forward genetics to discover novel genetic factors involved in human congenital birth defects.
Andrew Grimson
Assistant Professor
Div. of Molecular Biology and Genetics
agrimson@cornell.edu
Studyying the cis and trans-acting factors required for post-transcriptional gene regulation in mammals, using a combination of high-throughput, computational and molecular biology approaches to study the microRNA pathway, and to identify novel post-transcriptional pathways.
Zhenglong Gu
Associate Professor
Div. of Nutritional Sciences
zg27@cornell.edu
Evolution of Metabolism; Comparative Genomics; Systems Biology
Fenghua Hu
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
fh87@cornell.edu
Signaling pathways involved in axon regeneration and neurodegeneration.
Weishan Huang
Assistant Research Professor
Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology
weishan.huang@cornell.edu
Genetic and environmental regulation of T cell and mast cell biology.
Heather Huson
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Animal Science
hjh3@cornell.edu
Genetic Improvement of Animal Health and Production, Dairy Cattle Management and Genetic Evaluations, Population Structure and Adaptation, Genomic Tool Development, Wildlife and Indigenous Population Conservation
Patricia Johnson
Professor
Dept. of Animal Science
paj1@cornell.edu
Endocrinology; Comparative reproductive physiology
Alon Keinan
Associate Professor
Biological Stats. and Computational Bio.
ak735@cornell.edu
Human population genomics; genetics basis of complex disease; computational genomics; statistical genetics
Kathleen Kelly
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Science
kkb55@cornell.edu
Investigating the effect of the inflammatory milieu that accompanies many chronic diseases on cardiac function. Cardiomyocytes expression of cytokine & chemokine receptors and signaling pathways. Developing cardioprotective interventions to preserve cardiac function.
Amnon Koren
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
koren@cornell.edu
Genomics of DNA replication timing and mutagenesis.
Michael Kotlikoff
Provost of Cornell University
Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Science
mik7@cornell.edu
Membrane ion channels; Intracellular Ca2+ Release; Transgenesis and in vivo Imaging; Conditional Gene Inactivation
Natasza Kurpios
Associate Professor
Dept. of Molecular Medicine
natasza.kurpios@cornell.edu
Vertebrate embryogenesis, Genetics of organogenesis, Left-Right patterning, Gut development, Blood and lymphatic vascular development and angiogenesis, Cell-cell adhesion, ECM, Wnt signaling, Epigenetic control of organogenesis, Long non-coding RNA and chromatic looping.
S. Sylvia Lee
Associate Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
ssl29@cornell.edu
Using molecular genetic and genomic approaches to dissect the mechanistic basis of aging and longevity, focusing on the roles of major transcriptional and chromatin regulators, germline stem cells, and mitochondrial signaling in longevity of C. elegans.
Xingen Lei
Professor
Dept. of Animal Science
xl20@cornell.edu
Functional genomics of mineral-dependent antioxidant enzymes in oxidative stress, diabetes, and bone development;
Protein engineering of hydrolytic enzymes for mineral nutrition and environmental protection;
Pigs as a model of humans to fight against global micronutrient deficiencies.
Cynthia Leifer
Associate Professor
Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
cal59@cornell.edu
Studies how the immune system senses and regulates response to microbes and biomaterials; how macrophages sense and alter their functions in response to their environment to elicit damaging or reparative responses.
Sergiy Libert
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Science
libert@cornell.edu
We use diverse techniques to study normal and pathological process that accompany human aging, with the goal of developing interventions to ameliorate age-related diseases.
David Lin
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Science
dml45@cornell.edu
developmental neurobiology of the mouse olfactory system; mouse genetics; epilepsy and autism, single cell transcriptomics, neuronal culture
John T. Lis
Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
jtl10@cornell.edu
Investigations of mechanisms of transcription and its regulation using both focused and genome-wide studies in Drosophila, human cells, mouse embryonic stem cells, and mouse MEFs. Development and application of nucleic acid aptamers as detectors and inhibitors of biological processes.
Jun Liu
Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
jl53@cornell.edu
Mesodermal patterning and cell fate specification; TGF-beta signaling; Nuclear envelope protein function
Nancy Lorr
Lecturer in Physiology
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
nal4@cornell.edu
 
Irby Lovette
Fuller Professor of Ornithology
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Director, Fuller Evolutionary Biology
 
Program of Ornithology
Associate Director for Academic Affairs
IJL2@cornell.edu
Genetics and genomics of birds and other vertebrates as applied to studies of phylogenetics, speciation, ecology, behavioral ecology, and conservation
Dan Luo
Professor
 
of Biological Engineering
Dept. of Biological & Environmental Eng.
dl79@cornell.edu
Nucleic Acid Engineering; Drug Delivery; Nanobiotechnology
Minglin Ma
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biological & Environmental Eng.
mm826@cornell.edu
Cell encapsulation for type 1 diabetes treatment and cancer modeling
Amy McCune
Professor
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
arm2@cornell.edu
Development and evolution of fish swimbladders and tetrapod lungs; comparative osteichthyan morphology of swimbladders, lungs and the vascular system using Micro-CT data. Reproductive ecology of Amia calva.
Vicki Meyers-Wallen
Associate Professor
 
of Genetics & Reproduction
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
vnm1@cornell.edu
Inherited disorders of the reproductive system; Canine inherited disorders; Animal models of human inherited disorders
Jason Mezey
Associate Professor
Biological Stats. and Computational Bio.
jgm45@cornell.edu
Quantitative genetics/genomics; Statistical genetics; Computational biology; Pathway modeling; Molecular evolution
Motoko Mukai
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Food Science
mm2295@cornell.edu
My laboratory studies how chemical contaminants found in environment and in food can affect health. chemical food safety, environmental toxicology, endocrine disruptors, circadian rhythm, neuroendocrinology, transcriptomics studies in free-ranging avian species.
Alexander Nikitin
Professor of Pathology
Dept. of Biomedical Science
an58@cornell.edu
Genetic modeling of human cancer in the mouse; Stem cells and cancer; Early stages of carcinogenesis; Pathobiology of neoplasias of reproductive and endocrine systems;
Live imaging and rational targeting of cancer
Kimberly O'Brien
Professor
Dept. of Nutritional Sciences
koo4@cornell.edu
Nutrient partitioning during pregnancy; regulation of placental mineral transport; vitamin D metabolism across gestation and heme and non-heme iron metabolism.
Ned Place
Associate Professor
Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sci.
njp27@cornell.edu
Photoperiodic modulation of female reproductive behavior, development and aging; ovarian physiology and endocrinology.
Jeffrey Pleiss
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
jap332@cornell.edu
RNA biology. Studying the mechanism of pre-mRNA splicing, and splicing as a control point for regulating gene expression; RNA processing both in the budding and fission yeasts, and human cell lines.
Shu-Bing Qian
Associate Professor
Div. of Nutritional Sicences
sq38@cornell.edu
Nutrient signaling, protein synthesis and degradation, chaperone biology and mammalian genetics
Susan Quirk
Professor
Dept. of Animal Science
smq1@cornell.edu
Ovarian physiology. Role of the hedgehog signaling pathway in ovarian development and function. The molecular basis of ovulation.
Kristy Richards
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
kristy.richards@cornell.edu
Our group uses genetic and genomic strategies to understand lymphoma in humans and dogs. We utilize several approaches to understand the biology of lymphoma, tailor treatment strategies, and expedite development of new therapies.
Mark Roberson
Professor and Chair
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
msr14@cornell.edu
Molecular endocrinology; Neuropeptide integration of pituitary function; Molecular endocrinology of placental trophoblast function
Veerle Rottiers
Research Scientist
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics
rottiers@cornell.edu
Understanding the genetics of human obesity through the study of conserved lipid homeostasis genes and pathways in model organisms.
Brian Rudd
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology
bdr54@cornell.edu
Mechanisms limiting immune defense in early life.
John Schimenti
Professor of Genetics
Dept. of Biomedical Science
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Director, Ctr. for Vertebrate Genomics
jcs92@cornell.edu
Mouse genetics/genomics; Meiosis and gametogenesis; Genome maintenance and instability
Ynte Schukken
Professor
 
of Epidemiology and Herd Health
Director, Quality Milk Promotion
Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sci.
yhs2@cornell.edu
Population dynamics of infectious diseases; Udder health in dairy herds
Peter Schweitzer
Senior Research Associate
Biotechnology Resource Center
pas48@cornell.edu
 
Jeremy Searle
Professor
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Bio.
jeremy.searle@cornell.edu
Evolutionary biology: studies of speciation and colonization history of vertebrates, in particular small mammals.
Vimal Selvaraj
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Animal Science
vs88@cornell.edu
Mitochondrial physiology; steroid hormone biosynthesis; early embryo development; pluripotency and stem cells.
Michael Sheehan
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Neurobiology and Behavior
msheehan@cornell.edu
Evolutionary and population genomics of pheromones; multi-gene families; animal communication; social behavior; population genomics of wild house mice
Kenneth Simpson
Professor of Medicine
Dept. of Clinicial Sciences
kws5@cornell.edu
Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology; Host-microbe interactions in the gastrointestinal tract, with a particular interest in the relationship of bacteria to mucosal inflammation in animals and people
Marcus Smolka
Associate Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Weill Institute
mbs266@cornell.edu
DNA damage checkpoint signaling pathway; Proteomics
Paul Soloway
Professor
Div. of Nutritional Sciences
pds28@cornell.edu
Regulation of epigenetic phenomena in mice; Epigenomic technology development
Martha Stipanuk
Professor
Div. of Nutritional Sciences
mhs2@cornell.edu
Mammalian cysteine metabolism; Thiol dioxygenases; Responses to amino acid deprivation; Integrated stress response
Tracy Stokol
Professor
Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sci.
ts23@cornell.edu
Hematopoietic and hemostatic disorders in animals; Mechanisms of cancer metastasis
Patrick Stover
Professor of Nutrition
Div. of Nutritional Sciences
pjs13@cornell.edu
Metabolic regulation of genome methylation, stability and expression; Generation of genetically altered mice to elucidate the biochemical mechanisms for the involvement of folate in cancer and developmental anomalies
Susan Suarez
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Biomedical Science
sss7@cornell.edu
Regulation of sperm movement and storage in the mammalian female reproductive tract.
Elia Tait Wojno
Assistant Professor
Dept of Microbiology and Immunology
Baker Institute for Animal Health
elia.taitwojno@cornell.edu
Immune responses during helminth infection and allergic disease, focusing on the role of cytokines and prostaglandins in the regulation of innate type 2 immune responses at mucosal tissues.
Rory Todhunter
Professor of Surgery
Dept. of Clinical Science
rjt2@cornell.edu
Genetic- and genomic-based analyses of canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament, and osteoarthritis. Feline genetics and genomics. Oversight committee of the Cornell Veterinary Biobank.
Alexander Travis
Associate Professor
 
of Reproductive Bio. & Wildlife Conserv.
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
ajt32@cornell.edu
Function of membrane raft sub-domains in sperm capacitation and fertilization; biomimetic design of energy production for hybrid organic-inorganic medical devices; technologies of assisted reproduction for development of transgenesis in dogs; use of reproductive stem cells for and holistic approaches to wildlife conservation;
Tudorita Tumbar
Associate Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics
tt252@cornell.edu
Understanding the molecular mechanisms that govern the maintenance and fate choice of adult stem cells. We focus in particular on using the mouse skin as a model system. Transcription and epigenetic control of stem cell fate in normal homeostasis and cancer. Regulation of tissue stem cell quiescence
Robert Weiss
Professor of Molecular Genetics
Dept. of Biomedical Science
rsw26@cornell.edu
Molecular mechanisms for the maintenance of genomic stability; Cellular responses to DNA damage; Mouse models of human cancer
Andrew White
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Science
acw93@cornell.edu
We use mouse models to understand the causes and conditions that facilitate cancer initiation and progression arising from adult stem cells of the skin.
David Winkler
Professor
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Laboratory of Ornithology
Director, CU Museum of Vertebrates
dww4@cornell.edu
The life histories of birds and how the details of organismal biology condition and constrain ecological performance in the field. Working mostly in a model ecological system, Tachycineta swallows from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego to study the phylogenetic, physiological, endocrinological and functional genomic bases of variation in survival, reproductive output and movement.
Mariana Wolfner
Goldwin Smith Professor
 
of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow
Dept. Molecular Biology & Genetics
mfw5@cornell.edu
Identifying the genes and pathways that are essential for two critical reproductive processes: (a) the "activation" of a fertilized egg to begin development and (2) the role of seminal proteins in fertility. Examining the roles of candidate genes and pathways in mammalian reproduction and development.
Andrew Yen
Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Science
ay13@cornell.edu
Cancer cell and molecular biology; Regulation of the cell cycle and differentiation by retinoids, carcinogens, oncogenes, and tumor suppressor genes.
Haiyuan Yu
Associate Professor
Biological Stats. and Computational Bio.
haiyuan.yu@cornell.edu
Biomedical Systems Biology with both high-throughput experimental and integrative computational methodologies, aiming to understand gene functions and their relationships within complex molecular networks and how perturbations to such systems may lead to various human diseases
Kelly Zamudio
Professor
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
kelly.zamudio@cornell.edu
Population and conservation genetics of vertebrates, population genetics of adaptive immunity, immunogenetics, genetics of speciation and hybridization