Project Overview

Signaling coordinating sensory cell progenitor and stem cell fate

Faculty Sponsor

Jason Meyers (




Although mammals have relatively poor regeneration of many neural structures, other vertebrates, including fish, have robust regeneration. We are interested in studying the mechanisms that lead to this regeneration in several sensory systems within zebrafish, and in comparing and contrasting the developmental processes that establish those sensory organs in the first place with the regenerative processes that repair them. This work involves use of genetic and pharmacological manipulation of zebrafish while we monitor cell proliferation and differentiation states. Student projects are part of ongoing research aims to understand the specific pathways that control stem and progenitor cells within these tissues.

Student Qualifications

Completed Ner 170 or Biol 182.

Number of Student Researchers

4 students

Project Length

10 weeks

Applications open on 01/15/2017 and close on 02/07/2017

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