We specialize in long-read sequencing technologies. We mostly serve as a central laboratory for the Vertebrate Genomes Project. Our expertise spans multiple fields including sample collection and preparation (e.g. High-Molecular Weight DNA isolation), sequencing data production, genome assembly, and comparative genomics. We host several sequencers in our lab ( PacBio Sequel IIe, Oxford Nanopore PromethIon) and an optical mapping instrument (Bionano Saphyr). We enjoy pushing technological limits and we strive to constantly improve ourselves. But above all, we are biologists and are passionate about biodiversity and uncovering the genetic basis of traits.
Vertebrate Genome Laboratory
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue, Box 366
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (212) 327-8217
Fax: (212) 327-8276
The main reason why I decided to create the VGL is to push Genomics forward. In my life time, I want to see perfect genome assemblies of all living vertebrates. Not only I want to witness this achievement but I also want to be a major player.
Erich D. Jarvis, Director of the VGL
Lab operation lead
Jen is a molecular biologist and expert in isolating ultra-High Molecular Weight DNA and in many long read technologies such as PacBio and Bionano.
Giulio is a bioinformatician interested in genome assembly. He has developed several methods for genome assembly, polishing, and evaluation.
Management and Administration Lead
Lauren oversees VGL finances, communications, and is a liaison for the lab.
Melanie is a field biologist specialized in bird capture. She has an extensive knowledge of sample collection, import, and export permits.
Nivesh is a molecular biologist specialized in ultra-High Molecular Weight DNA isolation, Bionano, and Oxford Nanopore.
Tatiana is a molecular biologist specialized in ultra-High Molecular Weight DNA isolation, Hi-C, Oxford Nanopore and PacBio.
Kathleen is our Project Manager. She facilitates samples exchange between institutions and coordinates new genomic projects.
Nadolina is a bioinformatician specialized in genome assembly and curation. She is interested in the intersection between data science, computation and -omic research.
Conor is a molecular biologist specialized in next-generation sequencing technologies..
Patrick is a molecular biologist specialized in ultra-High Molecular Weight DNA isolation.
Linelle is a bioinformatician specialized in genome assembly. She is passionated about biodiversity and loves popcorn more than anything.
Sabrina is a visiting professor from UNC Chapel Hill. She uses an integrative approach that combines behavioral, anatomical, and molecular biology techniques to discover the neural mechanisms of the behavior of natural animals with a focus on social and spatial cognition.
Cassidy is a PhD student at Rockefeller University. She is interested in genome assembly methods and is currently rotating at VGL.
Suziane alves Barcellos