In partnership with Academy of Science – St Louis, Siteman Cancer Center, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and Children’s Discovery Institute
Tour Director: Zak Kupchinsky, Zebrafish Facility Supervisor
A common type of minnow, the zebrafish is popular in both scientific research and home aquariums. Zebrafish embryos are transparent and develop outside the body, making them useful for observing growth and development. Humans and Zebrafish share 70% of the same genes, and 84% of human disease genes have a Zebrafish counterpart.
Washington University School of Medicine’s Zebrafish Facility allows for large-scale, collaborative projects that would not be possible for individual investigators, helping scientists understand human development and disease, from birth defects and cancer to muscle and nerve disorders.
Learn about the day-to-day husbandry of zebrafish and the process of culturing young larvae to spawning adults in this exclusive behind-the-scenes walk-through tour of Washington University’s Zebrafish Facility nursery and two main adult rooms.