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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?”.

Prahatha Venkatraman and Yuk Fai Leung led a Development and Disease Research Lab section in the 13th USA Biology Olympiad Finals at Purdue University and shared our lab research on eye drug discovery using the zebrafish model. The students also learned essential basic skills for zebrafish research.






Lilly Hall of Science; 2015 Purdue Spring Fest

Prahatha Venkatraman showing the way to measure fish vision to a future scientist.

Martian Tian explaining how to use zebrafish for eye disease research to the Lafayette community.

On 3/21, several lab members attended the 130th Annual Academy Meeting for the Indiana Academy of Science. The participants were: Meng She, Zain Abedali, Martin Tian, Ryan Wyer, Sylvia Bonilla, Prahatha Venkatraman and Yuk Fai Leung. Meng, Zain and Martin presented a poster of their undergraduate research work under the supervision of graduate students Sylvia and Prahatha. Here are a few pictures of the event.

Leung Lab and Dr. Chris Sahley at the IAS Annual Meeting.

Leung Lab the selfie style!

Martin Tian

Martin presenting his work.

Zain Abedali

Zain presenting his work.

Meng She

Meng presenting her poster.

Undergraduate students: Meng, Zain, Ryan Wyer, and Martin

Meng, Sylvia Bonilla (their research mentor), and Martin.

Zain, Prahatha Venkatraman (their research mentor), Ryan.


On 3/18, students from Jefferson high school in Lafayette visited our department. They were hosted by the Leung Lab. See our departmental news for the details of the visit. Here are several pictures of the event.

Prahatha Venkatraman giving students a lecture on zebrafish research.

Prahatha Venkatraman and Isidore Julien showing students how to observe developing zebrafish embryos.

Dr. Clark Gedney described the research opportunities in our department for high school students.

Isidore Julien discussing with Dr. Melissa George about student learning experience.

Yuk Fai Leung showing students how to observe zebrafish embryos.

Students studying zebrafish embryos—I.

Students studying zebrafish embryos—II.

Prof. Motokazu Tsujikawa from the Department of Ophthalmology and the Department of Visual Regenerative Medicine at the Osaka University Medical School in Japan visited Leung Lab at Purdue, Indiana University School of Medicine – Lafayette, Bindley Bioscience Center and Drug Discovery Center from 10/22 – 24, 2014. He also gave a departmental seminar on  “Retinal degeneration research using zebrafish – from an ophthalmologist’s perspective” during his visit.

Prof. Motokazu Tsuijikawa interacted with Prof. Gordon Coppoc, Director of the Indiana University School of Medicine — Lafayette, the first year medical students, and pre-med students in the Leung lab. They discussed the differences in health care and medical education between US and Japan.

Prof. Motokazu Tsujikawa and students from the Leung Lab visited Bindley Bioscience Center and Drug Discovery Center.

The members of the Leung Lab gathered to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays on 12/6/2013. Here are some pictures (Courtesy of Lue Xiang).

Image courtesy: Lue Xiang @ Leung lab

We have been hoping to set up the zebrafish electroretinography in the lab to facilitate our drug discovery program for a while. When Prof. Kwoon Wong  from the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan visited our department in early December, we seized the opportunity to learn from him and asked for his help to put the components together.

Image courtesy: Lue Xiang @ Leung lab

Dr. Don Ready kindly let us used his fly ERG setup for our test. Dr. Wong spent an afternoon trying different parameters and finally we have obtained a very decent ERG trace.  Many more friends and colleagues contributed to this endeavour, including Dr. Woody Walls who gathered a number of components and laid down the foundation over a period of time, lab members Prahatha Venkatraman and Lue Xiang who collected ample healthy embryos for the test, and Lue Xiang as the assistant of Dr. Wong during the course of experimentation. We would like to optimize this system further and are seeking highly motivated students with physiology and/or engineering background. We are particularly interested in the talents who like electrophysiology and would like to contribute their effort to identify new drugs for patients.

Left: Dr. Wong explained various ERG concepts to the lab members. Top right: lab members shared their research with Dr. Wong over lunch. Middle right: Dr. Wong worked on the ERG setup. Bottom right: Dr. Wong and Fai learned from Dr. Ready on several critical components of the ERG setup. Image courtesy: Lue Xiang @ Leung lab

Dr. Woody Walls instructed us on using LabChart for data collection. Image courtesy: Lue Xiang @ Leung lab

Robert Carmer, an HHMI Summer Undergrate Student, was featured in the press releases of the College of Science and Department of Biological Sciences.

Robert Carmer presenting the research work that he conducted with the other lab members, including Gaonan Zhang and Prahatha Venkatraman

Also see him describing his research experience in this video.