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Genetics, Genomics and Development

Field Description

The Graduate Field of Genetics, Genomics and Development (GGD) at Cornell University provides top-ranked multidisciplinary training in the biological and biomedical sciences. The GGD Field builds on the strong tradition of interdisciplinary training at Cornell and is composed of more than 55 faculty members from 15 departments in 5 colleges. The field has particular strengths in the following research areas: Genetics; Developmental Biology; Population Structure and Molecular Evolution; Molecular Genetics; Genomics; Computational Biology; and Plant Genetics. Graduate students in the Field of GGD obtain outstanding training in genomics, genetics and development and acquire analytical tools that enable them to understand the mechanisms of inheritance, development, mutation, gene regulation, and population structure and evolution. The Cornell campus offers state-of-the-art facilities and provides many opportunities for collaboration. This fertile environment, led by an enthusiastic and dedicated faculty, provides a rigorous training environment. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in research universities and institutes, undergraduate colleges, and industry.

Contact Information

Website: http://gendev.cornell.edu
Email: gendev@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-2313

107 Biotechnology Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Genetics

  • developmental biology
  • genetics
  • genomics

Faculty

Carolyn E. Adler

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: stem cells, homeostasis, and regeneration

Eric E. Alani

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: analysis of DNA mismatch repair and genome stability in yeast

Charles F Aquadro

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: molecular population genetics and molecular evolution in Drosophila and humans

Daniel A. Barbash

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: evolutionary genetics, developmental genetics, molecular evolution, speciation

Daniel Carl Berry

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: adipose tissue; metabolism; adipose stem cells; niche biology

Adam Boyko

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: Canine genomics; evolutionary and population genetics; adaptation; computational biology; genetic architecture of complex traits and diseases; artificial selection; village dogs

Anthony Paul Bretscher

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: microfilament organization and function in vertebrates and yeast

Ilana Lauren Brito

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics; genomics
  • Research Interests: human microbiome; horizontal gene transfer; antibiotic resistance; microbial transmission

Nicolas S Buchon

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: Intestinal physiology; stem cells; host microbe relationships

Jonathan T. Butcher

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology
  • Research Interests: mechanobiology of embryonic development; regeneration; tissue engineering; developmental redux in aging

Andrew G Clark

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: population genetics; evolutionary genomics; genetics of complex traits

Paula Cohen

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: DNA repair proteins in mammalian meiosis and germ cell development

Charles G. Danko

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics; genomics
  • Research Interests: Gene expression, transcriptional regulation, enhancers, promoters, non-coding DNA

Iwijn De Vlaminck

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genomics
  • Research Interests: develop precision medicine technologies for microbiology and immunology, application of these technologies in monitoring infectious diseases and immune related complications

David Lawrence Deitcher

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology
  • Research Interests: molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release; molecular neurobiology and neurogenetics

Scott D. Emr

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: regulation of cell signaling; membrane trafficking; phosphoinositide kinases; protein kinases; ubiquitin modifications

Cedric Feschotte

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics; genomics
  • Research Interests: Using an integrative approach, combining bioinformatics, genetics and biochemistry, my lab investigates the contribution of mobile elements to genomic variation and to the emergence of biological novelty, including new genes and regulatory sequences, in a broad range of eukaryotic organisms. We focus on mobile and invasive DNA, with an emphasis on the genomes of vertebrates, including humans.

Thomas David Fox

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: genes of mitochondria and their regulation by nuclear genes in yeast

Maria J. Garcia-Garcia

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: regulation of cell motility during embryonic development in mice and flies

Patrick Gibney

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics; genomics
  • Research Interests: yeast biology, molecular genetics, metabolism, stress biology, systems biology

Michael Lewis Goldberg

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: Drosophila genetics; genes required for proper chromosome segregation and morphology

Andrew W. Grimson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: Eukaryotic gene regulation; post-transcriptional gene regulation; small RNAs; microRNAs; UTRs; evolution

Zhenglong Gu

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: metabolic networks; Saccharomyces

Chun Han

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: Dendrite development; dendrite degeneration; dendrite/neuronal environment interaction; neural development

Maureen R Hanson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: plant mitochondrial gene expression; RNA editing; cytoplasmic male sterility

Fenghua Hu

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration

Tim Clark Huffaker

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: microtubule-based motility in yeast

Alon Keinan

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: human population genomics; statistical genetics; molecular evolution; human complex disease risk prediction; evolutionary dynamics

Amnon Koren

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics; genomics
  • Research Interests: Genomics of DNA replication timing and mutagenesis

Natasza Kurpios

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology
  • Research Interests: tissue morphogenesis; cell shape and architecture; organ development; gut morphogenesis; mammary gland biology; breast cancer

Hojoong Kwak

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics; genomics
  • Research Interests: transcriptional regulatory elements in human population and disease; post-transcriptional RNA regulation in subcellular environments; regulation of gene expression in single cells

Brian Paul Lazzaro

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: population genetics; molecular evolution; insect immunity

Sylvia Siu Lee

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: genetics of aging in C. elegans, insuling signaling in C. elegans

Ruth E. Ley

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: microbiome; microbial population genetics; co-evolution of microbes and host

David Ming Lin

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology
  • Research Interests: axon guidance and target formation during the development of the mouse olfactory system, using genetic, in vitro, and genomic approaches

John T Lis

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: gene structure and regulation in Drosophila

Jun (Kelly) Liu

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology
  • Research Interests: mesodermal cell fate specification in C. elegans; nuclear envelope function during development

Ross Joseph MacIntyre

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: gene structure and function in Drosophila

Philipp Messer

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics; genomics
  • Research Interests: Population genetics; evolutionary genomics; computational biology

June Bowman Nasrallah

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: molecular genetics of self-incompatibility in plants

Alexander Yu Nikitin

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: Cancer pathogenesis, stem cells, microRNAs, genetically modified mouse models, stem cell pathology

Wojtek Pawlowski

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: mechanisms of meiosis; meiotic recombination

Joseph E Peters

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: chromosome integrity (transposition, DNA replication, recombination and repair); functional genomics

Jeffrey A. Pleiss

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: genome-wide approaches; microarray; high-throughput sequencing; RNA biology; pre-mRNA processing; splicing

Shu-Bing Qian

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: nutrient sensing mechanism; protein homeostasis and adaptive stress response

Robert D. Reed

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genomics
  • Research Interests: Evolutionary developmental biology; functional genomics; developmental pattern formation

Eric J. Richards

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: epigenetics; DNA methylation; nuclear organization

Jeffrey Warren Roberts

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: regulation of gene expression in phage lambda

Adrienne H.K. Roeder

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: Role of cell division and growth in plant development and patterning

Marcos Sawada Simoes Costa

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology
  • Research Interests: cell differentiation; control of gene expression; gene regulatory networks

Michael J. Scanlon

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: Shoot meristem structure and function; leaf development; embryogenesis

John C. Schimenti

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: mouse developmental genetics, meiosis, recombination, mutagenesis, embryonic stem cells

Praveen Sethupathy

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics; genomics
  • Research Interests: gene regulation; microRNAs; metabolic disease; gastrointestinal disease; stem cells; cancer

Marcus B. Smolka

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: DNA damage; cell signaling; proteomics

Paul Soloway

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: functional genomic analysis in mice; epigenetics; innate immunity

Tudorita Tumbar

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in governing stem cell function in mouse tissue

Robert Samuel Weiss

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: molecular mechanisms for the maintenance of genomic stability; cellular responses to DNA damage; mouse models of human cancer

Andrew C. White

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: Cancer and stem cell biology of epithelial tissues

Amy L. Williams

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics; genomics
  • Research Interests: human population and medical genetics; computational methods development; haplotype inference and analysis; recombination in human

Mariana Federica Wolfner

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: developmental biology; genetics
  • Research Interests: molecular genetics of reproductive proteins and nuclear envelopes in Drosophila

Haiyuan Yu

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Genetics: genetics
  • Research Interests: 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.