On 11/12/2018, Emre Coskun attended the Purdue Fall Undergraduate Research Exposition and presented a poster of his undergraduate reserarch work on “A Pharmacological Model of TRPA1-Mediated Nociception in the Zebrafish for Therapeutic Discovery”. This project was conceived by our graduate student Logan Ganzen. Logan and Emre worked closely to develop the foundation of this research project, and established zebrafish as a model for screening drugs to alleviate pain in patients.

Emre presenting his undergraduate research work.


On 11/10/2018, Logan Ganzen and Yuk Fai Leung attended the 2018 Sensorium at Purdue University. Logan gave a talk on “Drug Screening and Hit Identification for Retinitis Pigmentosa with Zebrafish” and shared our latest discoveries on using zebrafish to find new drugs to treat night blindness.

Logan described how we used zebrafish model of night blindness to screen and find new drugs to treat the disease.

Logan described the therapeutic effect of a positive compound that he identified in his doctoral research.



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Genome Editing

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Stem cells

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Cell Biology

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Signal Transduction

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Molecular biology

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Stem cells

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Eye diseases

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Science Career

My second life as a teacher 



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  1. New concerns raised over value of genome-wide disease studies

Cell biology

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  1. Nagano T, Lubling Y, Várnai C, Dudley C, Leung W, Baran Y, Mendelson Cohen N, Wingett S, Fraser P, Tanay A. Cell-cycle dynamics of chromosomal organization at single-cell resolution. Nature. 2017 Jul 5;547(7661):61-67. doi: 10.1038/nature23001. PubMed PMID: 28682332.

Molecular Biology

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Genome editing

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Genome editing

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  1. Madl T. Patchy proteins form a perfect lens. Science. 2017 Aug 11;357(6351):546-547. doi: 10.1126/science.aao1456. PubMed PMID: 28798115.
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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!


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Genome editing

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Stem cell

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Eye disease

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  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.
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  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.



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Stem cells

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Genome Editing

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Molecular Biology

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