November 5, 2015

Deer Crossing

"Good Morning,

I am writing to update you all on the situation with the deer that happened earlier today. At around 6:45am, a small buck came through the glass doors of the Veterinary Education Center into the Atrium. It ran around on the first floor and eventually made its way down the hallway towards Endocrinology/ Schurman Hall D-wing and laid down. Cornell Police responded quickly and helped the deer escape through the back entrance. The deer appears unharmed and we are in the process of fixing the door.

Thank you,
Manager of Facilities Operations
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University"

deer vs door before

deer vs door after

January 5, 2015

Schurman Hall is Under Construction!

Schurman Hall, in which the Stanhope Lab is currently housed, is undergoing some construction as part of the Vet College Class Expansion Project. Access to the third floor has been very limited so if you want to reach us, your best bet is to take the stairwell just past the Vet School cafeteria (1st floor), or if you are familiar with the building layout you can try your luck through the old DL and up from the 2nd floor via the elevator (or even past the incinerator facility). The project is estimated to be completed in 2017. You can read more about it at Good luck!


August 1, 2014

Changing of the guards

Congratulations to Dr. Vince Richards on his appointment as Assistant Professor at Clemson University. We wish him a warm farewell and are a little envious of the warmer South Carolina climes he is about to find himself in (though perhaps not so envious of the rattle snakes that apparently live near his house). We also welcome our newest postdoc, Dr. Nick Marra. Nick comes to us from Purdue and will be taking over the shark genomics and transcriptomics work. We look forward to working with him.

March 27, 2013

New Website

The new Stanhope Lab website is up. Please allow a few days for debugging and if you are having any troubles please contact Paulina.

April 3, 2012

Best of Luck to Associate Professor Suzuki!

After spending two years in the Stanhope Lab Dr. Haruo Suzuki is embarking on a new adventure - an Associate Professor position at Yamaguchi University in Japan. During his stay with us Haruo was a valued colleague, an endless source of coding knowledge and a hoot to have lunch with. We wish you the best of luck!

February 2, 2011

"New Lab!" version 4.0

The Stanhope Lab has moved (for the third time since it's inception) to the third floor of Schurman Hall. The lab is now located in S3-115, the offices are next door in S3-109 through 113. We are delighted to have the lovely folks of Dr. Ynte Schukken's lab as our new neighbors. The biggest news are the giant WINDOWS that let us have a daily peak at the glorious, if mercurial, Ithaca weather. The windowsills are filled with bird seed though, presumably for the enjoyment of Dr. Mew, the feline member of the Cornell Feline Health Center that used to inhabit these offices.

Lab S3-115

Lab S3-115 different view

August 5, 2010

Très Triste

We are delighted to inform you that Dr. Tristan Lefébure will soon be heading his own research group as a newly minted Associate Professor at the University of Lyon 1, but that does not make us any less sad to see him go. We will greatly miss Tristan's vast knowledge base, his zeal for research and his rather particular sense of humor. Thankfully he has bequeathed his copy of "A Hog on Ice and Other Curious Expressions" by Charles Earle Funk to the lab and we will enjoy the likes of "Teach your grandmother how to suck eggs" in his absence for years to come. Here is a picture of Tristan's going away party at Mike's house. From left to right are Tristan, Haruo, Mike, Vince and Paulina.

Tristan's Going Away Party

April 27, 2010

Spring at the Vet School

Cheery blossoms are in bloom outside the Vet School right now. Or possibly crab apples...

Cheery Blossoms Outside Vet School 1

Cherry Blossoms Outside Vet School 2

Cherry Blossoms Outside Vet School 3

April 9, 2010

Staying Healthy at the Vet School

Vet students sure have a quirky sense of humor. This adulterated sign was hanging on the doors of the computer lab.

Stay Healthy Funny Sign

March 10, 2010

Stanhope Lab Welcomes Dr. Vince P. Richards!

Vince joins us from Dr. Mahmood Shivji's lab in sunny Florida.

January 31, 2010

Farewell to Ping

Dr. Ping Lang is leaving us to join Dr. Wang's lab in Cornell's own Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Department. Ping has been with us for four years, during which time she skillfully tackled novel projects and was a delight to share the lab with. We especially enjoyed hosting her beautiful kiddos on the days when school was closed. We wish her all the best as she returns to her plant biology roots.

January 15, 2010

Wacky Neighbors

One of the joys of an open lab concept is that you really get to interact with the neighboring labs. There are about five research groups sharing the space around us, one of them is Dr. Craig Altier's Salmonella lab. Here is their mascot:

Altier Lab of Salmonella Mascot

December 15, 2009

Lab Snowman

We are getting a little silly here in the basement. Paulina made this guy yesterday and today he inexplicably went for a walk around the Vet School (with some help from the janitorial staff, we believe). Finally tracked him down to the elevator lobby.

Lab Snowman

November 21, 2009

Fun with Whiteboards

This is hanging outside our office. Used to be just the three of us, now Mike and Haruo have joined the lab member board.

Stanhope Lab Member drawing

From left to right, Haruo and Mike on the top, Paulina, Tristan and Ping on the bottom.

October 30, 2009

In the News

The October 2009 issue of 'Scopes has a brief blurb about us on page 23. It reads:

"Dr. Michael Stanhope, professor, was granted more than $2 million by the National Institutes of Health in July 2008 to compare genomic diff erences between Streptococcus species and strains, which will improve our understanding of how bacteria from this genus have evolved and adapted. Streptococcus causes illnesses in many mammalian species, including humans, horses, and cows. The results are expected to provide a level of detail on molecular adaptation and evolution that does not currently exist."

May 12, 2009

Stanhope Lab Welcomes Dr. Haruo Suzuki!

Dr. Suzuki is joining our lab as a postdoctoral associate. He hails from the University of Idaho where he was developing computational methods of predicting plasmid hosts based on genome sequence data.

August 8, 2008

Summer Research Opportunities at the Vet School

This summer we hosted two talented and motivated summer students. Today they presented their projects and are heading home for a well deserved break before continueing their studies.

Ellen Petermeier Smith Ellen Petermeier, who took part in the Cornell Leadership Program, worked on the population genetics of Streptococcus uberis using a 14 gene MLST (multi locus sequence typing). 152 strains of S. uberis were divided into clonal complexes, which Ellen analyzed further for correlation with host adaptability and geographic origin. Ellen completed her undergrad at the University of Minnesota and will be starting her second year of veterinary school at the same institution.

Brooke Washington of Oklahoma State University participated in the Veterinary Investigator Program. While at the Stanhope Lab, she worked with Streptococcus equi ssp. equi and ssp. zooepidemicus.

September 15, 2007

"New Lab!" version 3.0

The Stanhope Lab is back at the Vet School! We can now be found in the basement of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) building in rooms C1-116E and C1-117. This is a brand new lab facility and the plaster is barely dry. We will be sharing a loooooong lab space with at least five or six other researchers in similar disciplines, which affords ample opportunity for the exchange of both ideas and equipment. We have already made acquaintances with Dr. Yung-Fu Chang's and Dr. Craig Altier's labs. An equally looooong lab space exists on the other side of the hallway but is as of yet unoccopied.

Hallway outside lab C1-116

lab C1-116

Lab C1-116E

We bid farewell to our friends at Baker Institute that has housed us while our new lab was being completed. We will miss your off-the-beaten-path sense of community but are glad to get back to civilization.

October 24, 2006

Mike's Seminar Today!

Mike is giving a talk for the Baker Institute Seminar series today. Come check it out at noon. Series Schedule.

October 14, 2006

A Wedding at Baker

Alan and Paulina tied the knot this weekend in the Baker Institute Lecture Theater. Thank you Baker for letting us use your space when our original location was flooded. We believe this wedding is a Baker first. Best wishes to the happy couple!

Wedding at Baker Institute Alan and Paulina

June 8, 2006

A Bear at Baker

We sure get a lot of wildlife out here at the Baker Institute. This morning a bear visited us and Lisa Daley was able to snap a picture.

Bear at Baker Institute

May 23, 2006


Well we are definately off campus now that we are at Baker Institute. Outside our window is a meadow with various wild life coming and going all day long. A doe and two fawns were frightened by my car this morning, causing the fawns to hide out in the bushes. Here is one of them:

Fawn at Baker Institute

May 2, 2006

"New Lab!" version 2.0

The Stanhope Lab has moved to the beautiful Baker Institute for Animal Health on Hungerford Hill Road. The lab is spacious, the views spectacular, and the parking is free! What more can a research group hope for?

March 7, 2006

Stanhope Lab Welcomes Dr. Tristan Lefebure

Dr. Lefebure is the new post doc to join our lab having just completed his PhD at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, where he worked on the evolution and biogeography of subterranean amphipods and other members of Crustacea.

January 3, 2006

Stanhope Lab Welcomes Dr. Ping Lang

Our new post doc, Dr. Ping Lang, is joining us from Auburn University in Alabama where she worked in the Department of Horticulture on cold acclimation genes in Poncirus trifoliata and Citrus unshiu “Owari”.

December 16, 2005

View from the Top

Here is the view looking out from our 9th floor office space in the Vet Research Tower in the Cornell Vet School.

View of Cornell from Vet Research Tower

And now the view looking down!

View from the top of Vet Research Tower at Cornell

December 15, 2005

Stanhope Lab Welcomes Paulina Melechkina

Paulina Melechkina has joined our lab as a lab technician. She is coming from Dr. Maureen Hanson's lab in Cornell's Molecular Biology and Genetics Department where she provided technical support on work in RNA editing.

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