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Nina Bassuk Nina Bassuk

Horticulture
Urban trees and soils. Developing techniques to improve plant growth in cities.

Erica Behling-Kelly Erica Behling-Kelly

Clinical Pathology
My laboratory currently focuses on determining the pathogenic potential and diagnostic utility of serum lipoproteins in domestic species.

Thomas Björkman Thomas Björkman

Horticulture
I study two main biological questions. How does temperature regulate reproductive development in the massive inflorescence of broccoli? How do cover crops’ roots alter the rhizosphere to improve soil health and improve the sustainability of vegetable production?

Nicolas Buchon Nicolas Buchon

Entomology
We study host microbe interactions (immunology, microbiology), as well as intestinal physiology. We focus on how gut microbes (either invading pathogens or the indigenous gut microbiota) alter stem cell behavior in the gut.

Elizabeth Buckles Elizabeth Buckles

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Diseases of birds and wildlife.

Clare Casteel

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
The primary research goal of the Casteel lab is to identify the functions of microbes in plant-insect interactions and elucidate the key molecular mechanisms responsible for these relationships.

Carmen Catala Carmen Catala

School of Integrative Plant Science, Section of Plant Biology
Investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying fruit set and development. Fruit development is a crucial process in the sexual reproduction of flowering plants and of critical importance for seed dispersal, plant fitness and agricultural yield.

Robin Dando Robin Dando

Food Science
The mammalian taste system consists of many complex interactions which take a simple receptor activation at the taste bud, to a rich and emotional response such as that elicited by our favorite foods. As yet little is known about the true nature or depth of these interactions.

Angela Douglas Angela Douglas

Entomology / Molecular Biology and Genetics
Interactions between animals and gut microbes, especially in insects. Intracellular symbioses in insects. Insect nutrition.

Joseph Fetcho Joseph Fetcho

Neurobiology and Behavior
Our lab studies how movements are produced by the brain and spinal cord of vertebrates. We use zebrafish as a model system because they allow us to combine genetic and optical methods with more conventional physiological approaches to study the neural circuits.

Susheng Gan Susheng Gan

Horticulture
My research focuses on molecular regulatory mechanisms of plant senescence and dimensional control of gene expression in plants. This research has implications on the yields of certain crops and their storage after harvest.

Julio Giordano Julio Giordano

Animal Science
My research focuses on dairy cattle reproductive physiology, management, and the implications of reproductive performance on the economics of dairy farms. My research integrates basic and applied science to enhance the reproductive performance and productivity of cows.

Michael Gore Michael Gore

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Our lab uses quantitative genetic and genomic approaches in combination with analytical chemistry and remote sensing technologies to elucidate the genetic basis of complex trait variation in maize (dent and sweet corn), cotton, industrial rapeseed (Brassica napus L.), and guayule.

Rayko Halitschke Rayko Halitschke

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
As a Research Associate in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology I am interested in the mechanisms of herbivore-induced responses in several different plant species including wild tomato and tobacco, milkweed, and goldenrod.

Maria Harrison Maria Harrison

Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Molecular, genetic, genomic and cellular analyses of endosymbiotic associations of plants and fungi, exocytosis and membrane trafficking in plant cells, symbiotic phosphate and nitrogen transporters, phosphate sensors and phosphate sensing, hormone signaling in symbiosis, transcriptional regulation of symbiotic gene expression, microbial interac

John Hermanson John Hermanson

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Muscle biology, biomechanics, comparative anatomy, bat biology. Equine neuromuscular biology, bat locomotion (flight and overground).

Ikhide Imumorin Ikhide Imumorin

Georg Jander Georg Jander

Plant Biology
The Jander lab investigates genetic and biochemical mechanisms that mediate plant interactions with insect herbivores. This includes not only the identification of novel defense-related plant metabolites, but also characterization of the genes and enzymes that are involved in their biosynthesis.

Patricia Johnson Patricia Johnson

Animal Science
There are two objectives of the ongoing research in my lab. Our first goal is to understand the process of follicle selection and development in the hen. The features of avian follicle development make the hen an ideal model for understanding the process of regulation of follicular recruitment.

Natasza Kurpios Natasza Kurpios

Molecular Medicine
The research in this lab is related to organ shape acquisition requires intricate coordination of the morphogenetic repertoire during which tissues are bent, pulled, and moved. One striking example is the formation of the digestive system where complex looping and bending events shape the gut tube as it elongates.

Siu Sylvia Lee Siu Sylvia Lee

Molecular Biology and Genetics
We are interested in elucidating the molecular basis of how longevity is controlled in an organism. Our current research focuses on investigating the signaling mechanism that enable an animal to sense and cope with mitochondrial dysfunction, and on determining how chromatin and epigenetic changes can impact aging.  We mainly use C.

Xingen Lei Xingen Lei

Animal Science
antioxidant enzyme on diabetes, obesity, and fatty liver, biotechnology of hydrolytic enzymes for nutrition and environment, defatted microalgae as new feed and food, enrichment of n-3 fatty acids in eggs and chicken

Betty McGuire Betty McGuire

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
My students and I study the behavior of dogs at the Tompkins County SPCA, Cortland Community SPCA, and Chemung SPCA. Our current focus is scent-marking behavior during walks of individual dogs, and how this behavior varies with respect to sex, age, body size, and reproductive condition (intact versus spayed or neutered).

Saurabh Mehta Saurabh Mehta

Nutritional Sciences
The Mehta research group broadly works in the areas of infectious diseases, particularly HIV, Tuberculosis, and Neglected Tropical Diseases, and maternal and child health.

Rebecca J. Nelson Rebecca J. Nelson

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Diseases take a toll on maize productivity, and this burden is especially heavy in Africa. The use of genetic resistance is the most important method for reducing these losses. Our lab is working to understand the genetic basis of quantitative disease resistance in maize in collaboration with groups in the US and Kenya.

Nozomi Nishimura Nozomi Nishimura

Biomedical Engineering
We are part of the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. How do the vascular, immune, inflammatory systems interact with an organ in diseases?

Tom Overton

Animal Science
Nutritional physiology of dairy cattle and relationships with immune function and health.

Ned Place Ned Place

Vet Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Female reproduction aging, endocrinology, life history trade-offs.

Chris Schaffer Chris Schaffer

Biomedical Engineering
My lab develops and uses advanced optical techniques to observe and manipulate in vivo biological systems, with the goal of constructing a microscopic-scale understanding of normal and disease-state physiological processes in the central nervous system.

Jeremy Searle Jeremy Searle

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary and related studies of small mammals.

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