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Welcome to the Wolfner Lab at Cornell University!  Here you can find information about the people and projects in our lab.


Broadly, our lab is interested in using molecular biology and genetics to dissect the important reproductive processes that occur around the time when a sperm fertilizes an egg.  We use the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, for most of our work.  Drosophila reproduction and development can be readily studied with molecular genetic and genomic techniques.  Furthermore, Drosophila serves as a model for other animal systems.  Many of the genes and reproductive/developmental phenomena in flies have counterparts or analogues in other animals, including humans and insect vectors of disease.  For more information on our specific areas of research, please see our Research Projects page.

Wolfner Lab, May 2014


Recent Announcements

  • Mattei's research featured in the Cornell Chronicle Former undergraduate, Sandy Mattei, used a high resolution micro-CT scanner to obtain 3D images of Drosophila female reproductive tracts before and after mating to determine the morphological changes that ...
    Posted Aug 5, 2015, 10:15 AM by Jennifer McGlaughon
  • White Awarded Fellowship Simone White was recently awarded the HHMI Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study, which is given to graduate students that are committed to increasing diversity in science. Read more about it ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2015, 7:04 AM by Jennifer McGlaughon
  • Wolfner Lab Members Attend Leadership Conference Graduate students Simone White and Jen McGlaughon participated in this year's Colman Graduate Leadership Program at Cornell (left: Mariana joins them for the closing ceremony and banquet).
    Posted Feb 10, 2015, 1:13 PM by Jennifer McGlaughon
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