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Peter Schweitzer

Genomics Facility Director

Peter has been the director of the Genomics Facility at Cornell University for 14 years. To read more about Peter’s expertise and experience, see the leadership page.

Linda Cote

Lab Manager

Linda received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from SUNY Cortland. Since joining the Genomic facility in 2007, Linda's position has evolved from junior technician responsibilities to her current role as laboratory manager for the Sanger Sequencing lab. In addition to overseeing all Sanger workflow and billing, Linda works directly with researchers to coordinate special research projects. Linda takes part in the Vitisgen grape project based in Geneva, processing marker assisted selection samples from around the country and world, and working directly with the researchers involved in this project.

Jennifer Mosher

Lab Manager

Jennifer obtained her bachelor's degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester. Upon graduation, she joined the Cornell Institute of Biotechnology. She originally started in the Cornell Microarray facility, which merged with the DNA sequencing Core to form the now Genomics Core. Currently, she is the manager of the Illumina/Next Generation sequencing part of the Genomics Core. Her professional interests include: optimizing and standardizing new sequencing techniques, genomic sequencing project design and management, and non-standard Illumina library preparations with custom sequencing run parameters. She is a self-professed stickler for quality control metrics.

Jing Wu

Lab Manager

Jing obtained a bachelor’s degree in organic chemistry at Peking University and a master’s degree in physical chemistry at Free University of Berlin. Jing started her research career in a surface science lab jointly run by the Chinese Academy of Science (China) and Max-Planck Institute (Germany). She worked on biomembranes in the Feigenson lab at Cornell for eight years, and on membrane biophysics at University of Michigan for three years. Jing came back to Cornell in 2014 and joined the Genomics Facility where she enjoys working on cutting-edge techniques surrounded by very smart and diverse people in a pleasant environment. 

Jennifer Hagadone

Technician

Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University in 2004. After graduating, she worked at the USDA-ARS Plant, Soil and Nutrition lab in Ithaca, NY before moving to Lexington, KY to work in the University of Kentucky Pharmacy lab on projects related to HIV and cystic fibrosis. Jennifer returned to Ithaca with her husband and children in 2013, and has been employed at the Cornell Institute of Biotechnology since then where she is responsible for processing samples for Sanger sequencing applications. 

Cindy Wang

Technician

Cindy has worked at Cornell University almost 20 years. She joined the Genomics Facility in 2013 where she provides high-level technical support concerning all aspects of laboratory operations for DNA Sanger sequencing and genotyping. Her work is critical to the continuous and smooth operations of the facility’s high-throughput Sanger DNA sequencing platform. 

Jeff Mattison

Technician

Jeff received his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Elmira College. He started at Cornell in 2006 where he initially worked on protein characterization, and became a lab manager in the department of Biomedical Engineering. Since joining the Genomics Core Facility, Jeff is responsible for several critical steps of quality control and sample processing for next-generation sequencing. 

Xiaoyun Wang

Technician

Xiaoyun joined the Genomics facility as a technician in 2014. Her responsibilities include extractions, quantification, and quality control of nucleic acids. She also prepares sequencing libraries for different applications such as whole genome, rAmpseq, and 3’RNA-Seq. Xiaoyun takes part in troubleshooting, optimizing, and modifying of library prep protocols for custom projects.

Wenyan Zhu

Technician

Wenyan joined the Genomics Facility in 2003. She specializes in sample preparation and quantification for large genotyping and sequencing projects such as the Maize Nested Association Mapping Population project or the sorghum genotyping project. Her expertise also covers library preparation for RNA-Seq and whole genome sequencing.