About the Consortium

The main goal of the Zebrafish Consortium is to promote zebrafish research.

Created in February 2010, the Constorium offers excellent networking opportunities and peer support for active zebrafish laboratories.

DBFC currently includes the following labs (links provided are to their lab websites):

Zebrafish Facility Directors

Lila Solnica-Krezel, PhD, WUSM

Research: Inductive and morphogenetic processes that establish and shape germ layers during vertebrate embryogenesis, using zebrafish and embryonic stem cell models - Website

Kelly Monk, PhD, WUSM

Research: Molecular and genetic mechanisms of myelination, myelin maintenance, and remyelination - Website

Martha Bagnall, PhD, WUSM

Research: Microcircuitry of sensory-motor transformations in the zebrafish - Website

Charles Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D., WUSM

Research: Understanding and modifying the mechanisms controlling the onset of melanoma cancer by integrating zebrafish models and human disease - Website

Lavinia Sheets, Ph.D., WUSM

Research: Mechanisms of sensory hair-cell damage and repair - Website

Mayssa Mokalled, Ph.D.

Research: Mechanisms of spinal cord regeneration after injury or disease - Website

Zebrafish Facility Investigators

Luis F.Z. Batista, Ph.D., WUSM

Research: Understanding the importance of telomerase in human stem and progenitor cell function and regulation

Kyunghee Choi, PhD, WUSM

Research: Utilizing an in vitro differentiation model of embryonic stem (ES) cells and early mouse embryos to study the mechanisms by which blood (hematopoietic) and blood vessel (endothelial) cell lineage differentiation are regulated​ - Website

John Cooper, MD, PhD, WUSM

Research: Molecular mechanisms of cell motility and cytoskeleton assembly - Website

Joe Corbo, MD, PhD, WUSM

Research: Transcriptional regulatory networks in photoreceptor development, evolution, and disease - Website

Sergej Djuranovic, Ph.D., WUSM

Research: Molecular mechanisms of translational control

Christine Gurnett, MD, PhD, WUSM

Research:The genetic basis of musculoskeletal diseases affecting children, including scoliosis and limb contractures - Website

Tim Holy, PhD, WUSM

Research: Neural mechanisms of pheromone detection, recognition, and olfactory learning; novel optical methods for recording neuronal activity - Website

Stephen Johnson, PhD, WUSM

Research: Growth control of adult stem cells and regeneration - Website

Kory Lavine, MD, PhD, WUSM

Moe Mahjoub, PhD, WUSM

Research: Molecular mechanisms of centriole biogenesis and ciliogenesis, and their influence on cell division and differentiation - Website

Colin Nichols, PhD, WUSM

Research: Ion channel biology in health and disease - Website

Mike Nonet, PhD, WUSM

Research: Molecular genetic analysis of synaptic development and function - Website

David Ornitz, MD, PhD, WUSM

Research: FGF signaling in cardiovascular, lung, skeletal, and inner ear development, injury response, and regeneration - Website

Lauren Piccio, MD, PhD, WUSM

Linda Sandell, PhD, WUSM

Research: Gene regulation of extracellular matrix proteins and its influence on the phenotype of cells - Website

Stephanie Paine-Saunders, PhD, Fontbonne University


J. Evan Sadler, M.D., Ph.D., WUSM

Research: Biochemistry and function of hemostatic proteases and von Willebrand factor

Linda J. Sandell, Ph.D., WUSM

Research: Gene regulation of extracellular matrix proteins and its influence on the phenotype of cells

Ting Wang, PhD, WUSM

Research:Genetic and epigenetic impact of transposable elements on gene regulatory networks - Website

Mark Warchol, PhD, WUSM

Research: Mechanisms of development, injury and repair in the vertebrate auditory system Website

If your lab is interested in joining the Consortium, please send an email to Lila Solnica-Krezel at Washington University School of Medicine at solnica@wustl.edu