CVG Symposium 2020

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COVID-19 Update:
In alignment with Cornell University's shift to online instruction, the 2020 CVG symposium will be held as a virtual meeting.

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Registration is required. Registration closes July 10th.

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. The symposium is an outgrowth of these monthly meetings, where we will learn more about the exciting research in vertebrate genomics that is being conducted both within and outside of Cornell, through presentations from distinguished invited speakers and through opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of CVG labs to showcase their own research.

We are very excited about this year's outstanding speaker line-up. The symposium will be divided into a morning session and an afternoon session, with time in between at midday for lunch and poster presentations. Each session will include four talks followed by a breakout period for discussion. More detailed information about the speakers, schedule and symposium structure is available below. We hope you will register and take advantage of the unique opportunity to hear from an incredibly creative and inspiring group of accomplished scientists.

The CVG symposium is free to attend. All members of the research community, within and beyond Cornell, are warmly welcomed to register and attend the speaker presentations. Please note, however, that breakout sessions and poster sessions are intended primarily as training opportunities for Cornell trainees and therefore, due to limited space, priority will be given to those within the Cornell community.


Brad Cairns

Dr. Bradley Cairns

2017 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow
Chair, Department of Oncological Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Vivian Cheung

Dr. Vivian Cheung

Professor of Human Genetics and the Life Sciences Institute
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Frank Pugh

Dr. Frank Pugh

Distinguished Senior Recruit of the Provost's Genome Biology Initiative
Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Kathy Niakan

Dr. Kathy Niakan

2019 United Kingdom Blavatnik Award Finalist
Group Leader, Stem Cell Biology
Francis Crick Institute, London, United Kingdom

Jenny Tung

Dr. Jenny Tung

2019 MacArthur Fellow
Associate Professor of Biology
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Andrew Moeller

Dr. Andrew Moeller

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Greg Wray

Dr. Greg Wray

Director of Genomics and Computational Biology
Professor of Biology
Duke Univeristy, Durham, North Carolina

Julie Makani

Dr. Julie Makani

2011 Winner of the Royal Society Africa Award
Associate Professor of Haematology and Principal Investigator, SickleInAfrica
Muhumbili University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Schedule of Events

Event Information

Breakout Discussions

The symposium will be divided into a morning session and an afternoon session. Each session will include four talks followed by a breakout period for discussion. The breakout zoom-rooms are meant to provide an opportunity for participants to interact and chat about topics related to the four talks they just heard. There will be four simultaneous breakout rooms per session with Cornell faculty moderators who are there to help guide the discussion. The four speakers from that session will rotate among the four breakout rooms, spending about 10 minutes in each. If you are excited to participate in an engaged discussion group and for the opportunity to interact more directly with the speakers, we encourage you to register for the breakout discussions.

Faculty Moderators, Morning Discussion Session

Faculty Moderators, Afternoon Discussion Session

  • Effie Apostolou, Dept. of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Paula Cohen, Center for Reproductive Genomics and Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
  • Jen Grenier, Genomics Innovation Hub
  • John Lis, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Poster Session

The symposium will feature a midday poster session intended to showcase the work of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the life sciences. This online "blitz"-style poster session will be structured as simultaneous zoom meeting rooms with 6 presenters in each room and 5 minutes per presentation. Approximately 2-4 slides is recommended per presentation. The list of presentations and their room assignments will be available after registration closes in July and will be emailed to symposium registrants.

A history of CVG symposia.