CVG Membership Directory

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Dorothy Ainsworth Dorothy Ainsworth
Professor of Medicine
Dept. of Clinical Science
dma2@cornell.edu
Equine Lung Biology and Immunology
Adam Anderson 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 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 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 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 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 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 Adam Boyko
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
boyko@cornell.edu
Canine genomics; genetics of adaptation and domestication; bioinformatics
Ilana Brito Ilana Brito
Assistant Professor
School of Biomedical Engineering
ibrito@cornell.edu
Co-evolution of vertebrate hosts with their endogenous microbes; Immune function and the microbiome.
Marjory Brooks 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.
Jonathan Butcher Jonathan Butcher
Professor
School 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 Patricia Cassano
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 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 Jonathan Cheetham
Associate Professor
Dept. of Clinical Sciences
jc485@cornell.edu
Our group's research focuses on restoring function after peripheral nerve injury of disease.
Soon Hon Cheong Soon Hon Cheong
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Clinical Sciences
cheong@cornell.edu

Research topics related to theriogenology and reproductive biology.
Morten Christiansen 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 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
Ted Clark 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 Thomas Cleland
Professor
Dept. of Psychology
tac29@cornell.edu
Olfactory sensory processing; Neural coding and representation; Computational neuroscience; Behavioral phenotyping; Learning and memory systems
Paula Cohen Paula Cohen
Associate Vice Provost for Life Sciences
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 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 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 Robin Dando
Associate 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 Charles Danko
Assistant Professor
Baker Inst. for Animal Health
dankoc@gcornell.edu
We study how gene expression patterns are encoded in Metazoan DNA sequence, and how these patterns contribute to evolution, development, and disease.
Casey Dillman Casey B. Dillman
Research Associate
Curator of Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles
Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates
cbd63@cornell.edu
I'm interested in the genomics of fishes in an effort to understand patterns of speciation, biogeography and diversification.
Julia Felippe 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.
Cedric Feschotte Cedric Feschotte
Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
cf458@cornell.edu
Impact of transposons and endogenous viruses on genome variation, evolution, and function, in the context of development and physiology, including disease states.
Joe Fetcho 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.
Martha Field Martha Field
Assistant Professor
Div. of Nutritional Sciences
mas246@cornell.edu
We study gene-nutrient-environment interactions that affect cellular metabolism leading to development of pathology. Research areas include mitochondrial folate metabolism, mechanisms linking Adh1 gene variants to central adiposity gain, and the role of the blood-brain barrier in maintaining brain nutrient status.
Andrea Flesken-Nikitin Andrea Flesken-Nikitin
Assistant Research Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
af78@cornell.edu
Genomic analysis of stem cells of the female reproductive tract; comparative evaluation of stem/progenitor cells in human and mouse reproductive organs; identification of stem cell niches in reproductive tissues and susceptibility of niche cells to malignant transformation.
Maria Garcia-Garcia 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.
  Jen K. Grenier
Director
Genomics Innovation Hub, RNA Sequencing Core
jgrenier@cornell.edu
 
Andrew Grimson Andrew Grimson
Associate Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics
agrimson@cornell.edu
Studying 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 Zhenglong Gu
Professor
Div. of Nutritional Sciences
zg27@cornell.edu
Evolution of Metabolism; Comparative Genomics; Systems Biology
Matt Hare Matthew Hare
Associate Professor
Dept. of Natural Resources
mph75@cornell.edu
We study natural populations with a focus on the demographic and evolutionary factors that affect population differentiation, including dispersal, gene flow, hybridization and natural selection.
Fenghua Hu Fenghua Hu
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
fh87@cornell.edu
Signaling pathways involved in axon regeneration and neurodegeneration.
Weishan Huang Weishan Huang
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology
weishan.huang@cornell.edu
Genetic and environmental regulation of T cell and mast cell biology.
Heather Huson 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 Patricia Johnson
Professor
Dept. of Animal Science
paj1@cornell.edu
Endocrinology; Comparative reproductive physiology
Alon Keinan 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 Kathleen Kelly
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
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 Amnon Koren
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
koren@cornell.edu
Genomics of DNA replication timing and mutagenesis.
Michael Kotlikoff Michael Kotlikoff
Provost of Cornell University
Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
mik7@cornell.edu
Membrane ion channels; Intracellular Ca2+ Release; Transgenesis and in vivo Imaging; Conditional Gene Inactivation
Natasza Kurpios 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.
Hojoong Kwak Hojoong Kwak
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
hk572@cornell.edu
Functional diversity of enhancer transcription using nascent RNA sequencing; dynamics of mRNA processing in subcellular compartments during cell stress and immune cell activation; post-transcriptional mRNA heterogeneity using single cell transcriptomics.
Isaac Lee Esak (Isaac) Lee
Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences
Assistant Professor
School of Biomedical Engineering
el767@cornell.edu
3D organ-on-chip technology, microfluidics, biomimetics, 3D printing, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, vascular biology, lymphatic biology, immunology, cancer biology, cancer immunotherapy.
Sylvia Lee Siu Sylvia Lee
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 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.
Cindy Leifer 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.
David Lin David Lin
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
dml45@cornell.edu
developmental neurobiology of the mouse olfactory system; mouse genetics; epilepsy and autism, single cell transcriptomics, neuronal culture
John Lis 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 Jun Liu
Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
jl53@cornell.edu
Mesodermal patterning and cell fate specification; TGF-beta signaling; Nuclear envelope protein function
Irby Lovette 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 Dan Luo
Professor
 
of Biological Engineering
Dept. of Biological & Environmental Eng.
dl79@cornell.edu
Nucleic Acid Engineering; Drug Delivery; Nanobiotechnology
Minglin Ma Minglin Ma
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biological & Environmental Eng.
mm826@cornell.edu
Cell encapsulation for type 1 diabetes treatment and cancer modeling
Amy McCune 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.
Andrew Moeller Andrew Moeller
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
andrew.moeller@cornell.edu
We study the evolution of relationships between vertebrates and microorganisms through a combination of -omics approaches, gnotobiotic and microbiology experiments, and natural history.
Motoko Mukai 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.
Alex Nikitin Alexander Nikitin
Professor of Pathology
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
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 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.
Net Place Ned Place
Professor
Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sci.
njp27@cornell.edu
Photoperiodic modulation of female reproductive behavior, development and aging; ovarian physiology and endocrinology.
Jeff Pleiss Jeffrey Pleiss
Associate 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.
Angela Poole Angela Poole
Assistant Professor
Division of Nutritional Sciences
acp234@cornell.edu
The goal of our interdisciplinary research is to elucidate the interactions between host genetics, dietary intake, and gut microbes in order to benefit host health.
Shu-Bing Qian Shu-Bing Qian
Professor
Div. of Nutritional Sicences
sq38@cornell.edu
Nutrient signaling, protein synthesis and degradation, chaperone biology and mammalian genetics
Susan Quirk 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.
Yi Athena Ren Yi Athena Ren
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Animal Science
yar9@cornell.edu
Understanding the role of non-endocrine cells, such as immune and vascular cells, in regulating fertility and endocrine functions. We also aim to use reproductive tissues as platforms to study the regulation of tissue remodeling, and hormone regulation of immune and vascular cells.
Mark Roberson Mark Roberson
Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
msr14@cornell.edu
Molecular endocrinology; Neuropeptide integration of pituitary function; Molecular endocrinology of placental trophoblast function
Brian Rudd Brian Rudd
Associate Professor
Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology
bdr54@cornell.edu
Mechanisms limiting immune defense in early life.
John Schimenti John Schimenti
Professor of Genetics
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Director, Transgenic Core Facility
jcs92@cornell.edu
Mouse genetics/genomics; Meiosis and gametogenesis; Genome maintenance and instability
Ynte Schukken 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 Peter Schweitzer
Senior Research Associate
Biotechnology Resource Center
pas48@cornell.edu
 
Jeremy Searle 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 Vimal Selvaraj
Associate Professor
Dept. of Animal Science
vs88@cornell.edu
Mitochondrial physiology; steroid hormone biosynthesis; early embryo development; pluripotency and stem cells.
Praveen Sethupathy Praveen Sethupathy
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
Director, Ctr. for Vertebrate Genomics
praveens@cornell.edu
The Sethupathy lab studies non-coding RNA mechanisms that underlie genetic, microbial, dietary, and environmental control of metabolic health and disease. Our work is at the interface of functional genomics, physiology, bioinformatics, and molecular biology.
Michael Sheehan 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
Marcos Simoes-Costa Marcos Simoes-Costa
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics
simoescosta@cornell.edu
We explore how gene regulatory networks control multipotency and differentiation in vertebrate neural development.
Kenneth Simpson 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 Marcus Smolka
Associate Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Weill Institute
mbs266@cornell.edu
DNA damage checkpoint signaling pathway; Proteomics
Paul Soloway Paul Soloway
Professor and Chair
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
pds28@cornell.edu
Regulation of epigenetic phenomena in mice; Epigenomic technology development
Tracy Stokol Tracy Stokol
Professor
Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sci.
ts23@cornell.edu
Hematopoietic and hemostatic disorders in animals; Mechanisms of cancer metastasis
Nina Overgaard Therkildsen Nina Overgaard Therkildsen
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Natural Resources
nt246@cornell.edu
Population and conservation genomics of marine organisms.
Rory Todhunter 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.
Alex Travis Alexander Travis
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 Tudorita Tumbar
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
Bob Weiss Robert Weiss
Professor of Molecular Genetics
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
rsw26@cornell.edu
Molecular mechanisms for the maintenance of genomic stability; Cellular responses to DNA damage; Mouse models of human cancer
Andrew White Andrew White
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
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.
Mariana Wolfner 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 Andrew Yen
Professor
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
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 Haiyuan Yu
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 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
Victor Wenze Victor Wenze Zhong
Assistant Professor
Div. of Nutritional Sciences
wz365@cornell.edu
Advancing our understanding of the etiology, progression, and management of cardiometabolic diseases, using nutritional, epidemiologic, and genomics approaches.