3CPG: Fostering Interdisciplinary Genomics Research at Cornell
by Elizabeth Nelson
The Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics (3CPG) studies the large-scale comparison of DNA sequences of populations. The center fosters research, education, and outreach in comparative and population genomics. The center’s interdisciplinary faculty comes from more than a dozen departments. Their interests include basic and applied sciences, agriculture, medicine, and environmental sciences. The center shares a commitment to a comparative and evolutionary genomic approach to the study of living systems.
Each year 3CPG hosts a seminar series, bringing six top researchers from around the nation to campus. Visitors during the 2015-2016 academic year included professors from MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Kansas, and Harvard University.
Graduate students and postdocs are an integral part of the center’s mission. They study a breadth of topics, including model and non-model systems, animals, plants and microbes, evolutionary and functional approaches, and experimental and computational methods. Students who conduct research through 3CPG benefit from the cross-disciplinary influences of its excellent faculty.
Undergraduate students benefit from classes taught by members of 3CPG. Several faculty members teach classes relevant to personal genomics and medicine. Each spring Charles Aquadro, Molecular Biology and Genetics, and director of 3CPG, teaches Personal Genomics and Medicine: Why Should You Care About What’s In Your Genes?