Charles A. Alexander Professor and Director, Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics, Molecular Biology and Genetics
Charles ("Chip") Aquadro is the Charles A. Alexander Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Population Genetics in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. He is also a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, and is the Director of the Cornell Center for Comparative and Population Genomics.
I am a research scientist and educator. I view these responsibilities part of a continuum that runs from current students to alumni to the general public. My research is focused on discovering basic principles that determine the amount of diversity that exists within and between the genomes of organisms, and how we can use that diversity to understand organismal diversity, to discover novel genes, to maximize human health, and to advance agriculture. Our research is carried out primarily with Drosophila, though past work has included mammals and plants. Our current research aims to evaluate the evolutionary flexibility of the genes that regulate germline stem cell maintenance and differentiation using combined population and functional genomic approaches. My teaching covers the concepts and methodologies of population genetics and comparative genomics, and personal genomics and medicine.
Recent Journal Publications
- Bubnell, J.E., Ulbing, C.K.S., Fernandez Begne, P., Aquadro, C.F., Functional divergence of the bag of marbles gene in the Drosophila melanogaster species group, Molecular Biology and Evolution, 2022, msac137
- Johri, P, Charles F. Aquadro, CF, Beaumont, M, Brian Charlesworth, B, Excoffier, L, Eyre-Walker, A, Keightley, PD, Lynch, M, McVean, G, A. Payseur, BA, Pfeifer, SP, Stephan, W, and Jensen, JD. 2022. Recommendations for improving statistical inference in population genomics. PLoS Biology 20(5):e3001669
- Bubnell, J.E., Fernandez-Begne, P., Ulbing, C.K., and Aquadro, C.F. 2021. Diverse wMel variants of Wolbachia pipientis differentially rescue fertility and cytological defects of the bag of marbles partial loss of function mutant in Drosophila melanogaster. G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics, advance access publication 7 September 2021. DOI: 10.1093/g3journal/jkab312
- Bauer DuMont, V.L., White, S.L., Zinshteyn, D. and Aquadro, C.F. 2021. Molecular population genetics of Sex-lethal (Sxl) in the D. melanogaster species group - a locus that genetically interacts with Wolbachia pipientis in Drosophila melanogaster. G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics 11(8), jkab197. DOI: 10.1093/g3journal/jkab197
- Raghavan, V., Aquadro, C.F. and Alani, E. 2019. Baker’s yeast clinical isolates provide a model for how pathogenic yeast adapt to stress. Trends in Genetics 35(11):804-817.
- Jensen J.D., Payseur B.A., Stephan W., Aquadro C.F., Lynch M., Charlesworth D., Charlesworth, B. 2018. The importance of the neutral theory in 1968 and 50 years on: A response to Kern and Hahn 2018. Evolution 73-1:111-114.
Awards & Honors
- 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
- Honorary Doctor of Science (2016) St. Lawrence University
- Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow (2016) Cornell University
- Charles A. Alexander Professor of Biological Sciences (2007) Cornell University
- President (2013) Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
- 2012 Russell Distinguished Teaching Award (2012) College of Arts & Sciences, Cornell University
- Appointed House Faculty Fellow, Hans Bethe House, Cornell University West Campus, 2009 – 2016
- Named the Charles A. Alexander Professor of Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2007 - present
- Accomplished Alumnus Award, Department of Biology, University of Vermont, 2006
- Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1993
- Genetics Society of Australia "Society Visitor for 1994
I currently teach a large undergraduate class in personal genomics and medicine (BioMG1290). I had previously taught the core Population Genetics course at Cornell since 1986. I also have given explorations for introductory biology students, alumni and public lectures on the genetics of diversity and genomics, and served as scientific advisor to science television (NOVA, WGBH, Discovery Channel).
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