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

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


Click here for Washington University’s active zebrafish laboratory.


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


 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., WUSM

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


 Amber Stratman, PhD, WUSM

Research: Mural cell development and behavior – 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 – Website

 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

 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

 Stephanie Paine-Saunders, PhD, Fontbonne University – Website

 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