The Westerfield Laboratory
Institute of Neuroscience
Phillips, Research Associate
Jeremy Wegner, Research Assistant
Monte Westerfield, Professor
Westerfield Lab Alumni
Bayraktaroglu, Scientific Curator
Mani, Software Engineer
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Justin Bauer, Fish Facility Staff
|Dagmara Marston, Fish Facility Staff
Jen Matthews, Fish Facility Staff
Katy Murray, Veterinarian
Andrzej Nasiadka, Research Associate
Erin Quinn, Administrative Assistant
Alex Schumann, System Administrator
Calvin Smith, Fish Facility Staff
Evan Williams, Fish Facility Staff
Zoltan Varga, Director
Our laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanisms that regulate the differentiation of neurons. We study how the specific properties of different kinds of neurons are regulated.
We use zebrafish and a combination of anatomical, physiological, molecular, and genetic techniques. The goal of our research is to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms that regulate the establishment of specific neuronal cell fates during normal development and what goes wrong during disease.
Current research focuses on models of human disease. In particular, we are making and studying models of Usher syndrome, the leading cause of deafblindness.
Our research is funded by the National Eye Institute, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health. We also thank the Megan Foundation, the Usher 1F Collaborative, and friends and family of Jodi Carter and Ryan Thomason for generous donations to the Usher Syndrome Research Fund that supports our work.
Contribute to the Usher Syndrome Research Fund.
Lab Haikus from annual Institute retreats:
Mutant hunt is fun
Tangoing through the gene pool
Don't drink the water
Free the zebrafish!
Take them to Amazon Creek
We need more field trips
The Coalition for Usher Syndrome Research
Usher syndrome registry
The Usher 1F Collaborative
Hear See Hope - Usher syndrome: Hope for a cure
The Foundation Fighting Blindness
Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology
ZFIN (the zebrafish information network) - the zebrafish model organism database.
The Zebrafish International Resource Center