423 Biotechnology Building
Professor of Developmental Biology and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
Mariana Federica Wolfner is a member of Cornell’s Graduate Fields of Genetics & Development and Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics (3CPG). She is also a Rawlings House Fellow at Cornell’s Alice Cook House. Mariana received a B.A. in Biology (genetics and development) and Chemistry from Cornell in 1974, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stanford in 1981, and did postdoctoral work at UC San Diego. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and previously received a DuPont Young Faculty Award, Career Advancement and POWRE Awards from the NSF, and a Faculty Research Award from the American Cancer Society, and she was Basil O'Connor Scholar of the March of Dimes. Mariana has received awards from Cornell for teaching and for advising (Robert A. and Donna B. Paul Award, Stephen and Margery Russell Award, Stephen H. Weiss Fellow). She also serves on several Editorial and Biology-organizations’ Boards.
In addition, Mariana has co-taught courses, including:BioGD7800 Sperm storage patterns, co-taught with Dr. L. Sirot, and Prof. A. Clark
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 biology, 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 please see our lab webpage.
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