Research and Career Training in Vertebrate Developmental Genomics

The Center for Vertebrate Genomics (CVG) administers an NIH training grant (T32, PD/PI Praveen Sethupathy) in vertebrate developmental genomics. This grant supports three pre-doctoral students. Eligible students have passed their A-exam and have a PI who is designated as a trainer on the grant. Candidate applications are typically accepted each year in the Fall semester. Successful proposals are at the interface of: (a) genetics/genomics, (b) vertebrate biology/biomedicine, and (c) stem cell biology or developmental biology.

The T32 is not technically a part of the CVG. The CVG is funded by the Cornell OVPRI, whereas the T32 is funded by an NIH/NICHD grant. However, the CVG and the T32 are strongly linked in two ways. First, both the CVG and the T32 are administered by CVG leadership. Second, CVG Scholars (~5-6) and T32 fellows (3) together create a joint cohort (~8-9) of students who participate together in training activities such as CVG Scholar lunches and Zoom-With-an-Expert.

Current Trainees

  • Mr. Adam He, Danko laboratory, "Sequence determinants of transcription initiation during spermatogenesis."
  • Ms. Lauren Walter, Cosgrove laboratory, "Single-cell analysis of skeletal muscle aging."
  • Ms. Kieran Koch-Laskowski, Sethupathy laboratory, "Context-specific effects of microRNA-375 on intestinal epithelial stem cell differentiation."

Past Trainees

  • Mr. Austin Hovland, Simoes-Costa laboratory, "Modeling Neural Crest Differentiation at a Single-Cell Resolution."
  • Ms. Amanda Touey, Cohen laboratory, "Investigation of a Novel Sex Bias Phenotype in Litters Derived from Male Mice Lacking Argonautes 1, 3 and 4."
  • Mr. Gaetano Scuderi, Butcher laboratory, "Unraveling Mechanical-Induced Cardiomyocyte and Myocardial Maturation."
  • Ms. Jordana Bloom, Schimenti laboratory, "Measuring Mutation Accumulation in Germ Cells Deficient for Genome Maintenance Pathways."
  • Mr. Ian Rose, Nikitin laboratory, "Comparative characterization of gene networks controlling stem cell niches of the distal and proximal tubal epithelium."
  • Mr. Nathan Tippens, Lis laboratory, "Functional and Biochemical Studies of Vertebrate Enhancers."
  • Ms. Chelsea Gregg, Butcher laboratory, "Multi-Scale Approaches to the Study of Tissue Morphodynamics through Immunological and Genomic Analysis of Cadiogenesis in the Live Avian Embryo using Micro-Computed Tomography Imaging."
  • Mr. David Taylor, Soloway laboratory, "Regulation of Noncoding RNA in Imprinting Control."
  • Mr. Adam Bisogni, Lin laboratory, "Combinations of delta-Protocadherins in Axon Guidance."
  • Ms. Katherine Alexander, Garcia-Garcia laboratory, "Roles of TRIM28 During Embryonic and Germ Cell Genome-wide Reprogramming
  • Ms. Ashley Palmer, Stover laboratory, "Genetic and Metabolic Pathways Underlying Neural Tube Defects"
  • Mr. Ian Welsh, Kurpios laboratory, "Transcriptional Targets and Cellular Mechanisms through which Pitx2 Directs the Asymmetric Growth of Organs"
  • Mr. Elliot Kahen, Lee laboratory, "Coregulatory Network of DAF-16/FoxO"
  • Mr. John McElwee, Coonrod laboratory, "Role of PADI2 in Breast Cancer"
  • Ms. Marsha Wallace, Schimenti laboratory, "A Genomics Approach to Understanding the Development of Breast Cancer using the Mcm4- Chaos3 Mouse Model"