CVG Symposium 2020
In alignment with Cornell University's shift to online instruction, the 2020 CVG symposium will be held as a virtual meeting.
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.
2017 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow
Chair, Department of Oncological Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Professor of Human Genetics and the Life Sciences Institute
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Distinguished Senior Recruit of the Provost's Genome Biology Initiative
Professor, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
2019 United Kingdom Blavatnik Award Finalist
Group Leader, Stem Cell Biology
Francis Crick Institute, London, United Kingdom
2019 MacArthur Fellow
Associate Professor of Biology
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Director of Genomics and Computational Biology
Professor of Biology
Duke Univeristy, Durham, North Carolina
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
|8:00 AM||Dr. Praveen Sethupathy
Welcome and introductions
|8:10 AM||Dr. Julie Makani
"Understanding Human Genomics to Establish Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease in Africa"
|9:00 AM||Dr. Andrew Moeller
"The evolution of the mammalian gut microbiome."
|9:35 AM||10 minute Break|
|9:45 AM||Dr. Greg Wray
"Rewiring the developmental gene regulatory network of sea urchins: lessons from extreme biology."
|10:35 AM||Dr. Jenny Tung
"Social interactions in primate genomics, life history, and evolution."
|11:30 AM||Breakout Discussion Session 1
Moderators: Andrew Clark, Charles Danko, Paul Soloway, Nina Overgaard Therkildsen
|12:15 PM||30 minute Lunch Break|
|12:45 PM||Poster Sessions|
|1:15 PM||10 minute Break|
|1:25 PM||Dr. Kathy Niakan
"Genetic approaches to study early lineage specification in human embryos."
|2:15 PM||Dr. Vivian Cheung
"The many unexpected features of RNA sequences and structures."
|3:05 PM||10 minute Break|
|3:15 PM||Dr. Frank Pugh
"Protein Architecture of a Eukaryotic Genome"
|3:50 PM||Dr. Brad Cairns
"Regulation of Chromatin Remodeling Machines, and their Misregulation in Cancer."
|4:45 PM||Breakout Discussion Session 2
Moderators: Effie Apostolou, Paula Cohen, Jen Grenier, John Lis
|5:30 PM||Dr. Praveen Sethupathy
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
- Andrew Clark, Dept. of Molecular Biology and Genetics
- Charles Danko, Baker Institute for Animal Health and Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
- Paul Soloway, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
- Nina Overgaard Therkildsen, Dept. of Natural Resources
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
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.