Vertebrate Genomics Club, a.k.a "The Verge"

The Center for Vertebrate Genomics (CVG) was created to enhance research and education in vertebrate genetics and functional genomics at Cornell University. As part of that overall goal, the CVG aims to foster research interactions amongst vertebrate geneticists and other faculty. The monthly "Verge" meetings were started to increase awareness among CVG members of the different research programs that currently exist on campus, to share up-to-date information from conferences and the scientific literature, and to encourage interactions between CVG members.

COVID-19 Update (Dec 15):
For the Spring 2021 semester, Verge will be held as a Zoom webinar. The webinar link will be shared via the Verge-L email list and may be requested by emailing
Charlotte Williams or Carolynn Steele-Law.

The Verge meets at Noon on the second Tuesday of each month.

Schedule Spring 2021

Jan 12, 2021

  • Andrew Grimson
    Fishing for MicroRNA Targets
  • Jacqueline Copeland (Simoes-Costa Lab)
    Post-transcriptional Tuning of Signaling Systems Mediated Neural Crest Induction

February 9, 2021

  • Ned Place
    Naked but not afraid of reproductive aging: Oogenesis and the ovarian reserve in the naked mole-rat
  • Shu-Bing Qian
    Secrets of Translation Initiation

March 9, 2021

  • Leonardo Campagna (Lovette Lab)
    Combinatorial Speciation in Neotropical Seedeaters
  • Tudorita Tumbar
    Single cell genomics and lineage tracing approaches reveal heterogeneity of adult epithelial skin stem cells and their niches

April 13, 2021

  • Cédric Feschotte
    Recurrent evolution of vertebrate transcriptional factors by transposase capture

May 11, 2021

  • Albert Vill (Brito Lab, Distiguished CVG Scholar)
  • Elizabeth Johnson

Past Presentations