Project Overview

Stem and progenitor cell signaling in fish sensory systems

Faculty Sponsor

Jason Meyers (




Although loss of sensory cells in the inner ear and retina of mammals leads to a permanent sensory deficit, in fish these sensory cells are readily regenerated.  This project seeks to understand the signals that coordinate this regenerative response in fish.  In addition, we'll be comparing the patterns that underlie the regeneration and compare them to those during initial development of these structures.  Our experiments involve a variety of ways of manipulating cells, genes, and organs and students will learn how to care for fish, how to manipulate these sensory cells, and how to analyze the effects of manipulations using microscopy.  

Student Qualifications

Either Biol 182 or Neur 170 ideal.

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

10 weeks

Applications open on 01/03/2022 and close on 02/04/2022

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