Academic Staff

Manuel Aregullin

Manuel Aregullin

Manuel Aregullin

Senior Research Associate

Manuel Aregullin conducts research on the metabolic regulation of lipid biosynthesis in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, investigating the genetic regulation of its lipidome with emphasis on genes implicated in dyslipidemias such as high cholesterol. He strives to combine knowledge of their biosynthetic regulation and function with the development of potential therapies for the treatment of some of these diseases.

Aureliano Bombarely Gomez

Aureliano Bombarely's research interests are focused in the use and integration of the -omics tools in a bioinformatic context to study the plant genome evolution, specially in polyploids. He is working in several important genus such as Glycine, Solanum, Nicotiana and Fragaria.

Carmen Catala

Carmen Catala

Carmen Catala

Senior Research Associate

Carmen Catalá's research program is focused on elucidating key questions related to auxin synthesis, translocation and the nature of auxin-regulated signaling networks during fruit development, using tomato as a model system. Her goal is to better understand the mechanisms by which auxin is produced and transported in tomato fruit and how these mechanisms are regulated to mediate cell and tissue specific growth and differentiation.

Giulia Friso

Giulia Friso

Senior Research Associate

Giulia Friso's current professional objective is to excel in mass spectrometry applied to plant biology and in supervising, training of others in the academic environment. His aim is to work as close to the cutting edge of mass spectrometry and to follow and implement new developments and tools in plant biology.

Maria A. Gandolfo

Maria Gandolfo Nixon

Maria A. Gandolfo

Senior Research Associate

Paleobotany and Plant anatomy, with emphasis on plant evolution and development, origin of angiosperms, Cretaceous and Tertiary floras and paleoclimate of North and South America.

Jonathan Hart

Jonathan Hart

Senior Research Associate

Jonathan Hart's research interests involve achieving a greater understanding of plant-metal interactions. Metals are critical factors in the normal functioning of plants but can also represent hazards to plants as well as to consumers of plants. His work has focused on the physiological processes underlying movement and retention of the potentially toxic heavy metal cadmium in durum wheat plants. 

Laurel Southard

Laurel Southard

Laurel Southard

Senior Lecturer

Laurel Southard serves as the Director of Undergraduate Research for Cornell where she is responsible for helping promote undergraduate research in all of the colleges at Cornell.  She also directs the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers, which has been funded bythe Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1990.

Cankui Zhang

Cankui Zhang

Cankui Zhang

Research Associate

Cankui Zhang has been conducting research on the mechanisms of carbon phloem loading, C4 photosynthesis in maize, and biomass/yield improvement in potato, maize, and poplar in Dr. Robert Turgeon's lab. In the last three years he has redirected this effort to the study of mineral nutrient redistribution, long distance signaling communication between shoot and root, and assimilation of pollutant nitrogen from the atmosphere.