Christopher Mason is Assistant Professor in the Institute for Computational Biomedicine and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He directs the Mason Lab, which utilizes computational and experimental methodologies to identify and characterize the essential genetic elements that guide the function of the human genome, with a particular emphasis on the elements that orchestrate the development of the human brain. The lab creates detailed cell-specific molecular maps of genetic, epigenetic, transcriptional, and translational activity, creating a draft of the molecular recipe for the creation of the brain. It also develops methods to detect, catalog and functionally annotate variants in the genetic pathways that control developmental processes and how they are perturbed to create disease. Dr. Mason's research aims to understand of the fuctional elements of the human genome well enough to enable, eventually, the ability to repair, re-engineer, or fortify these genetic networks within human cells.