Yuk Fai Leung participated in the 2017 Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop (DBTW) from 27th June 2017 to 1st July 2017. This workshop was organized by Jennifer Fish from U Mass Lowell, Ian Woods from Ithaca College, and Eric Cole from St. Olaf College. It took place at the Darling Marine Center in Maine.

During this course, the participants studied many animal models for development including sea urchins, zebrafish, chicken, roundworm, flatworm and fruit flies. We focused on learning experiments that can be brought to the teaching lab to enrich student’s learning experience. Here are some pictures of the event:

The Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop, class of 2017.

Course leader Jennifer Fish

Course leader Ian Woods demonstrating zebrafish research.

Guest Instructor Eric Cole

The workshop took place at the beautiful Darling Marine Center.

Fai injected zebrafish embryos free hand with mouth pipetting.

Zebrafish with improper posterior development. Courtesy of 2017 DBTW.

An abnormal fruit fly made by the following transgenic line: dpp-GAL4; UAS-ey. Courtesy of 2017 DBTW.

Neurons in fruit fly larva labelled by green fluorescent protein. Courtesy of 2017 DBTW.

Sea Urchin Larva. Courtesy of 2017 DBTW.

Sea urchin larva 2. Courtesy of 2017 DBTW.

Roundworm. Nuclei labelled by a blue fluorescent dye. Courtesy of 2017 DBTW.

We finished the course with the final animal model–delicious lobsters from Maine!

Behaviour

  1. Palmér T, Ek F, Enqvist O, Olsson R, Åström K, Petersson P. Action sequencing in the spontaneous swimming behavior of zebrafish larvae – implications for drug development. Sci Rep. 2017 Jun 9;7(1):3191. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-03144-7. PubMed PMID: 28600565; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5466685.
  2. Vliet SM, Ho TC, Volz DC. Behavioral screening of the LOPAC(1280) library in zebrafish embryos. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2017 Jun 13. pii: S0041-008X(17)30267-3. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2017.06.011. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28623180.

Funding

  1. Kaiser J. NIH abandons grant cap, offers new help to younger scientists. Science. 2017 Jun 16;356(6343):1108. doi: 10.1126/science.356.6343.1108. PubMed PMID: 28619891.
  2. Wahls WP. NIH’s ineffective funding policies. Science. 2017 Jun 16;356(6343):1132-1133. doi: 10.1126/science.aan6504. PubMed PMID: 28619908.

Genetics

  1. Cassels L, Barde YA. Scaling pain threshold with microRNAs. Science. 2017 Jun 16;356(6343):1124-1125. doi: 10.1126/science.aan6784. PubMed PMID: 28619901.
  2. Peng C, Li L, Zhang MD, Bengtsson Gonzales C, Parisien M, Belfer I, Usoskin D, Abdo H, Furlan A, Häring M, Lallemend F, Harkany T, Diatchenko L, Hökfelt T, Hjerling-Leffler J, Ernfors P. miR-183 cluster scales mechanical pain sensitivity by regulating basal and neuropathic pain genes. Science. 2017 Jun 16;356(6343):1168-1171. doi: 10.1126/science.aam7671. Epub 2017 Jun 1. PubMed PMID: 28572455.

Genomics

  1. Shekhar K, Lapan SW, Whitney IE, Tran NM, Macosko EZ, Kowalczyk M, Adiconis X, Levin JZ, Nemesh J, Goldman M, McCarroll SA, Cepko CL, Regev A, Sanes JR. Comprehensive Classification of Retinal Bipolar Neurons by Single-Cell Transcriptomics. Cell. 2016 Aug 25;166(5):1308-1323.e30. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2016.07.054. PubMed PMID: 27565351; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5003425.

Vision

  1. Sabbah S, Gemmer JA, Bhatia-Lin A, Manoff G, Castro G, Siegel JK, Jeffery N, Berson DM. A retinal code for motion along the gravitational and body axes. Nature. 2017 Jun 7. doi: 10.1038/nature22818. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28607486.
  2. Demb JB, Clark DA. Vision: These retinas are made for walkin’. Nature. 2017 Jun 7. doi: 10.1038/nature22505. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28607483

Genome editing

  1. Stella S, Alcón P, Montoya G. Structure of the Cpf1 endonuclease R-loop complex after target DNA cleavage. Nature. 2017 May 31. doi: 10.1038/nature22398. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28562584.
  2. Palermo G, Miao Y, Walker RC, Jinek M, McCammon JA. CRISPR-Cas9 conformational activation as elucidated from enhanced molecular simulations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 26. pii: 201707645. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1707645114. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28652374.
  3. Shipman SL, Nivala J, Macklis JD, Church GM. CRISPR-Cas encoding of a digital movie into the genomes of a population of living bacteria. Nature. 2017 Jul 12. doi: 10.1038/nature23017. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28700573.

Stem cell

  1. Servick K. Stem cell approach for cataracts challenged. Science. 2017 Jun 30;356(6345):1318-1319. doi: 10.1126/science.356.6345.1318. PubMed PMID: 28663449.

Eye disease

  1. Servick K. Stem cell approach for cataracts challenged. Science. 2017 Jun 30;356(6345):1318-1319. doi: 10.1126/science.356.6345.1318. PubMed PMID: 28663449.

Ecology/Evolution

  1. Ceballos G, Ehrlich PR, Dirzo R. Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jul 10. pii: 201704949. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1704949114. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28696295.
  2. Castiglione GM, Hauser FE, Liao BS, Lujan NK, Van Nynatten A, Morrow JM, Schott RK, Bhattacharyya N, Dungan SZ, Chang BSW. Evolution of nonspectral rhodopsin function at high altitudes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 22. pii: 201705765. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1705765114. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28642345.

Imaging

  1. Hildebrand DGC, Cicconet M, Torres RM, Choi W, Quan TM, Moon J, Wetzel AW, Scott Champion A, Graham BJ, Randlett O, Plummer GS, Portugues R, Bianco IH, Saalfeld S, Baden AD, Lillaney K, Burns R, Vogelstein JT, Schier AF, Lee WA, Jeong WK, Lichtman JW, Engert F. Whole-brain serial-section electron microscopy in larval zebrafish. Nature. 2017 May 18;545(7654):345-349. doi: 10.1038/nature22356. Epub 2017 May 10. PubMed PMID: 28489821.

Neuroscience

  1. Ciabatti E, González-Rueda A, Mariotti L, Morgese F, Tripodi M. Life-Long Genetic and Functional Access to Neural Circuits Using Self-Inactivating Rabies Virus. Cell. 2017 Jul 1. pii: S0092-8674(17)30697-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.06.014. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28689641.

In May 2017, the Leung lab visited several collaborating groups in Asia and shared with them our research vision on using zebrafish to find new drugs for retinal degeneration. In this blog post, we will share some pictures of our visit to the the Eye Hospital at Wenzhou Medical University in China. We were hosted by Dr. Zibing Jin, a very accomplished vision scientist. We visited the University campus, and the eye hospital. Logan and Fai presented their work and interacted with the local students. Fai was also invited to be the external examiner of six master students and attended their oral defence. We also visit Yandang Mountains, a famous national geological park in China.

Wenzhou Medical University has a very pretty main campus in Chashan, with nice open space for the students.

Main campus of Wenzhou Medical University in Chashan

They have a whole building of 14 floors dedicated for different aspects of eye research!

Dr. Zibing Jin explaining the research programs in the Eye Hospital at Wenzhou Medical University.

Dr. Zibing Jin’s research group is accomplishing very well in recent years. They study genetics, stem cells, and animal models including zebrafish! In 2017 spring, they published three articles in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the most influential journals in the world.

Dr Zibing Jin sharing his group’s research achievements to Logan and Fai

The Leung lab has been working with Dr. Jin’s group for years. During this trip, Fai outlined his research vision; whereas Logan presented his recent findings to the students.

Fai outlined his research vision to the students at Wenzhou Medical University.

Logan presented his latest findings to the students at Wenzhou Medical University.

Dr. Jin invited Fai to be an external examiner of six master students, whom had their oral defence during our visit. All these students had an extremely positive attitude and were very prolific! They all publish their work in international journals as first author, and contributed to many other lab projects as co-author.

Fai as external examiner of six master students’ oral defence at Wenzhou Medical University.

(Front row) Fai and four other external examiners. (Back row) Dr. Jin and six of his master students.

Enjoying local cuisine with colleagues.

Fai and Logan also visited Yandang Mountains, a famous national geological park in China, with several colleagues.

Logan, Fai and colleagues at Yandang mountains.

Logan and Fai at Yandang mountains. The  Chinese characters on the monument are literally “Yandang mountains”.

In May 2017, the Leung lab visited several collaborating groups in Asia and shared with them our research vision on using zebrafish to find new drugs for retinal degeneration. In this blog post, we will share some pictures of our visit to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the next paragraph. We will also share some pictures of our attendance of the International Conference of Vision & Eye Research at the end of this post.

In DOVS, Dr. Wai Kit Chu from this department and Fai organized a “CUHK Ophthalmic Research Centre Joint Symposium” and invited local experts in ophthalmology and neuroscience to share our latest research findings with each other. Fai outlined our lab’s research program on discover new drugs for retinal degeneration by zebrafish research. Logan presented a talk entitled “Visual Motor Response of a Transgenic Retinitis Pigmentosa Zebrafish Model”.

The CUHK Ophthalmic Research Centre Joint Symposium.
From left to right, 1st row: Mr Jeremiah Palmerston, Dr Wai Kit Chu, Dr Yuk Fai Leung and Mr Logan Ganzen.
From left to right, 2nd row: Dr Rosa Chan, Dr Geoffrey Lau, Dr Wenjun Xiong and Dr Amy Lo.

Fai outlined our lab’s research program on discover new drugs for retinal degeneration by zebrafish research.

Logan presented a talk entitled “Visual Motor Response of a Transgenic Retinitis Pigmentosa Zebrafish Model”.

Dr. Amy Lo from the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Geoffrey Lau from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Wai Kit Chu from the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Wenjun Xiong from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Rosa Chan from the Department of Electronic Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong.

Jeremiah Palmerston from Dr. Rosa Chan’s group.

Fai and Logan also attended the International Conference of Vision & Eye Research (iCOVER) when they were in Hong Kong.

Fai and Logan with Dr. Chi Wai Do from the School of Optometry at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Dr. Amy Lo from the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Hong Kong during the dinner ceremony of iCOVER.

Logan and Fai with Dr. Henry Chan from the School of Optometry at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University during the coffee break of iCOVER.

 

Development

  1. Kobayashi T, Zhang H, Tang WWC, Irie N, Withey S, Klisch D, Sybirna A, Dietmann S, Contreras DA, Webb R, Allegrucci C, Alberio R, Surani MA. Principles of early human development and germ cell program from conserved model systems. Nature. 2017 Jun 7. doi: 10.1038/nature22812. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28607482.
  2. Peter IS, Davidson EH. Assessing regulatory information in developmental gene regulatory networks. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 6;114(23):5862-5869. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1610616114. PubMed PMID: 28584110.

Regeneration

  1. Laha B, Stafford BK, Huberman AD. Regenerating optic pathways from the eye to the brain. Science. 2017 Jun 9;356(6342):1031-1034. doi: 10.1126/science.aal5060. Review. PubMed PMID: 28596336.

Genomics

  1. Jiao Y, Peluso P, Shi J, Liang T, Stitzer MC, Wang B, Campbell MS, Stein JC, Wei X, Chin CS, Guill K, Regulski M, Kumari S, Olson A, Gent J, Schneider KL, Wolfgruber TK, May MR, Springer NM, Antoniou E, McCombie WR, Presting GG, McMullen M, Ross-Ibarra J, Dawe RK, Hastie A, Rank DR, Ware D. Improved maize reference genome with single-molecule technologies. Nature. 2017 Jun 12. doi: 10.1038/nature22971. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28605751.

Stem cells

  1. Kilpinen H, Goncalves A, Leha A, Afzal V, Alasoo K, Ashford S, Bala S, Bensaddek D, Casale FP, Culley OJ, Danecek P, Faulconbridge A, Harrison PW, Kathuria A, McCarthy D, McCarthy SA, Meleckyte R, Memari Y, Moens N, Soares F, Mann A, Streeter I, Agu CA, Alderton A, Nelson R, Harper S, Patel M, White A, Patel SR, Clarke L, Halai R, Kirton CM, Kolb-Kokocinski A, Beales P, Birney E, Danovi D, Lamond AI, Ouwehand WH, Vallier L, Watt FM, Durbin R, Stegle O, Gaffney DJ. Common genetic variation drives molecular heterogeneity in human iPSCs. Nature. 2017 May 10. doi: 10.1038/nature22403. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28489815.

Genome Editing

  1. Dong, Guo M, Wang S, Zhu Y, Wang S, Xiong Z, Yang J, Xu Z, Huang Z. Structural basis of CRISPR-SpyCas9 inhibition by an anti-CRISPR protein. Nature. 2017 Apr 27. doi: 10.1038/nature22377. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28448066.

Molecular Biology

  1. Pennisi E. Circular DNA throws biologists for a loop. Science. 2017 Jun 9;356(6342):996. doi: 10.1126/science.356.6342.996. PubMed PMID: 28596318.
  2. Roundtree IA, Evans ME, Pan T, He C. Dynamic RNA Modifications in Gene Expression Regulation. Cell. 2017 Jun 15;169(7):1187-1200. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.05.045. Review. PubMed PMID: 28622506.

Funding

  1. Kaiser J. Data Check: Critics challenge NIH finding that bigger labs aren’t necessarily better. Science. 2017 Jun 9;356(6342):997. doi: 10.1126/science.356.6342.997. PubMed PMID: 28596319.

Genetics

  1. Boyle EA, Li YI, Pritchard JK. An Expanded View of Complex Traits: From Polygenic to Omnigenic. Cell. 2017 Jun 15;169(7):1177-1186. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.05.038. Review. PubMed PMID: 28622505.
  2. Trigos AS, Pearson RB, Papenfuss AT, Goode DL. Altered interactions between unicellular and multicellular genes drive hallmarks of transformation in a diverse range of solid tumors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 13;114(24):6406-6411. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1617743114. Epub 2017 May 8. PubMed PMID: 28484005.
  3. Bussey KJ, Cisneros LH, Lineweaver CH, Davies PCW. Ancestral gene regulatory networks drive cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 13;114(24):6160-6162. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1706990114. Epub 2017 Jun 5. PubMed PMID: 28584134.

Evolution

  1. Cindrova-Davies T, Jauniaux E, Elliot MG, Gong S, Burton GJ, Charnock-Jones DS. RNA-seq reveals conservation of function among the yolk sacs of human, mouse, and chicken. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 13;114(24):E4753-E4761. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1702560114. Epub 2017 May 30. PubMed PMID: 28559354.

 

In May 2017, the Leung lab visited several collaborating groups in Asia and shared with them our research vision on using zebrafish to find new drugs for retinal degeneration. In this blog post, we will share some pictures of our visit to the Department of Ophthalmology at the Osaka University School of Medicine. We met our long-term collaborator Dr. Motokazu Tsujikawa. He is a co-mentor of Logan Ganzen, a graduate student in our laboratory. Logan is a recipient of the predoctoral award from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. During our Osaka trip, he presented a talk entitled “Visual Motor Response of a Transgenic Retinitis Pigmentosa Zebrafish Model” to Dr. Tsujikawa.

 

Logan in front of a new Center for Medical Innovation and Translational Research.

Fai and Dr. Motokazu in his zebrafish facility in the Center of Medical Innovation and Translational Research.

The Center is beautifully designed with lots of open space.

Logan presented his latest findings to Dr. Motokazu, who served as a co-mentor in Logan’s CTSI predoctoral fellowship.

We also visited the daily operation of the ophthalmology clinic and Osaka University Hospital, and participated in the grand rounds of the local ophthalmologists. We experienced firsthand the passion of translational research from our Japanese colleagues.

Entrance hall of the medical building

A panoramic view at the top floor of the hospital.

We joined the grand rounds of the local ophthalmologists. Dr. Kohji Nishida welcomed the group and gave an opening speech.  Even though we did not speak Japanese, we witnessed their passion to improve clinical service through research.

Needless to say, we were also well-fed by Dr. Tsujikawa with the finest Japanese food, and took some time to visit Kyoto, a magnificent ancient city.

Dr. Motokazu fed us with delicious Japanese food!

A torii path at the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.

Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto

Stem cells

  1. Mandai M, Watanabe A, Kurimoto Y, Hirami Y, Morinaga C, Daimon T, Fujihara M, Akimaru H, Sakai N, Shibata Y, Terada M, Nomiya Y, Tanishima S, Nakamura M, Kamao H, Sugita S, Onishi A, Ito T, Fujita K, Kawamata S, Go MJ, Shinohara C, Hata KI, Sawada M, Yamamoto M, Ohta S, Ohara Y, Yoshida K, Kuwahara J, Kitano Y, Amano N, Umekage M, Kitaoka F, Tanaka A, Okada C, Takasu N, Ogawa S, Yamanaka S, Takahashi M. Autologous Induced Stem-Cell-Derived Retinal Cells for Macular Degeneration. N Engl J Med. 2017 Mar 16;376(11):1038-1046. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1608368. PubMed PMID: 28296613.
  2. Merkle FT, Ghosh S, Kamitaki N, Mitchell J, Avior Y, Mello C, Kashin S, Mekhoubad S, Ilic D, Charlton M, Saphier G, Handsaker RE, Genovese G, Bar S, Benvenisty N, McCarroll SA, Eggan K. Human pluripotent stem cells recurrently acquire and expand dominant negative P53 mutations. Nature. 2017 May 11;545(7653):229-233. doi: 10.1038/nature22312. Epub 2017 Apr 26. PubMed PMID: 28445466; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5427175.

Genome-editing

  1. Yu W, Mookherjee S, Chaitankar V, Hiriyanna S, Kim JW, Brooks M, Ataeijannati Y, Sun X, Dong L, Li T, Swaroop A, Wu Z. Nrl knockdown by AAV-delivered CRISPR/Cas9 prevents retinal degeneration in mice. Nat Commun. 2017 Mar 14;8:14716. doi: 10.1038/ncomms14716. PubMed PMID: 28291770.
  2. Schaefer KA, Wu WH, Colgan DF, Tsang SH, Bassuk AG, Mahajan VB. Unexpected mutations after CRISPR-Cas9 editing in vivo. Nat Methods. 2017 May 30;14(6):547-548. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.4293. PubMed PMID: 28557981.

Scientific Career

  1. Barnett A. Comment: Research needs more competence, less ‘excellence’. Nature. 2017 Mar 22;543(7646):S29. doi: 10.1038/543S29a. PubMed PMID: 28328912.

Development

  1. Lefrançais E, Ortiz-Muñoz G, Caudrillier A, Mallavia B, Liu F, Sayah DM, Thornton EE, Headley MB, David T, Coughlin SR, Krummel MF, Leavitt AD, Passegué E, Looney MR. The lung is a site of platelet biogenesis and a reservoir for haematopoietic progenitors. Nature. 2017 Apr 6;544(7648):105-109. doi: 10.1038/nature21706. Epub 2017 Mar 22. PubMed PMID: 28329764.

Genomics

  1. Stevens TJ, Lando D, Basu S, Atkinson LP, Cao Y, Lee SF, Leeb M, Wohlfahrt KJ, Boucher W, O’Shaughnessy-Kirwan A, Cramard J, Faure AJ, Ralser M, Blanco E, Morey L, Sansó M, Palayret MG, Lehner B, Di Croce L, Wutz A, Hendrich B, Klenerman D, Laue ED. 3D structures of individual mammalian genomes studied by single-cell Hi-C. Nature. 2017 Apr 6;544(7648):59-64. doi: 10.1038/nature21429. Epub 2017 Mar 13. PubMed PMID: 28289288; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5385134.

Eye diseases, glaucoma

  1. Williams PA, Harder JM, Foxworth NE, Cochran KE, Philip VM, Porciatti V, Smithies O, John SW. Vitamin B(3) modulates mitochondrial vulnerability and prevents glaucoma in aged mice. Science. 2017 Feb 17;355(6326):756-760. doi: 10.1126/science.aal0092. PubMed PMID: 28209901; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5408298.
    • Crowston J, Trounce I. Relief for retinal neurons under pressure. Science. 2017 Feb 17;355(6326):688-689. doi: 10.1126/science.aam7935. PubMed PMID: 28209856.

Retina

  1. Wang J, O’Sullivan ML, Mukherjee D, Puñal VM, Farsiu S, Kay JN. Anatomy and spatial organization of Müller glia in mouse retina. J Comp Neurol. 2017 Jun 1;525(8):1759-1777. doi: 10.1002/cne.24153. Epub 2017 Mar 7. PubMed PMID: 27997986.
  2. Xiang L, Chen XJ, Wu KC, Zhang CJ, Zhou GH, Lv JN, Sun LF, Cheng FF, Cai XB, Jin ZB. miR-183/96 plays a pivotal regulatory role in mouse photoreceptor maturation and maintenance. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 May 30. pii: 201618757. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1618757114. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28559309.
  3. Fan J, Jia L, Li Y, Ebrahim S, May-Simera H, Wood A, Morell RJ, Liu P, Lei J,  Kachar B, Belluscio L, Qian H, Li T, Li W, Wistow G, Dong L. Maturation arrest in early postnatal sensory receptors by deletion of the miR-183/96/182 cluster in mouse. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 May 23;114(21):E4271-E4280. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1619442114. Epub 2017 May 8. PubMed PMID: 28484004; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5448201.

Genetics

  1. Yang J, Jin ZB, Chen J, Huang XF, Li XM, Liang YB, Mao JY, Chen X, Zheng Z, Bakshi A, Zheng DD, Zheng MQ, Wray NR, Visscher PM, Lu F, Qu J. Genetic signatures of high-altitude adaptation in Tibetans. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Apr 18;114(16):4189-4194. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1617042114. Epub 2017 Apr 3. PubMed PMID: 28373541; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5402460.
  2. Jin ZB, Wu J, Huang XF, Feng CY, Cai XB, Mao JY, Xiang L, Wu KC, Xiao X, Kloss BA, Li Z, Liu Z, Huang S, Shen M, Cheng FF, Cheng XW, Zheng ZL, Chen X, Zhuang W, Zhang Q, Young TL, Xie T, Lu F, Qu J. Trio-based exome sequencing arrests de novo mutations in early-onset high myopia. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Apr 18;114(16):4219-4224. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1615970114. Epub 2017 Apr 3. PubMed PMID: 28373534; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5402409.

 

Our research on zebrafish vision has been featured by Inés Laura Dawson from Draw Curiosity in her educational science video entitled “Is Animal Vision 20/20?”.

Logan Ganzen and Yuk Fai Leung attended the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in Baltimore, MD from 2017-05-07 to 05-11. Logan presented a poster entitled “Visual Motor Response of a Transgenic Retinitis Pigmentosa Zebrafish Model”. They also attended several events to meet fellow researchers over the world. A few pictures of these events:

Dinner with zebrafish colleagues

Prof. Mark Tso from Wilmer Eye Institute sharing his life experience with his former students

Dinner with Dr. Mark Tso from the Wilmer Eye Institute.

Fai and Logan with Dr. Mark Tso from the Wilmer Eye Institute.

 

Dinner with Prof. Mark Tso and his former students.

On 2017-04-08, Prahatha Venkatraman, Logan Ganzen, and Khaled Noui-Mehidi demonstrated zebrafish research in the 2017 Purdue Spring Fest.

Prahatha Venkatraman demonstrating zebrafish research to the public.

Logan Ganzen and Khaled Noui-Mehidi demonstrating zebrafish research to the public.