zebrafish heart development & regeneration

Cardiovascular diseases represent the number one cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, affecting a broad spectrum of ages from babies that are born with congenital heart defects to adults that suffer acute myocardial infarctions and/or develop congestive heart failure over time. Our research program is motivated by the simple assumption that we can use the zebrafish as a model organism to understand how the cardiovascular system is established during development and how it efficiently regenerates following injury during adulthood.

Lab News...

June 15, 2021

Congratulations to Felicia Wranitz for receiving a two year LaDue graduate student fellowship to study cardiovascular biology. 

April 3, 2021

Congratulations to Mengmeng Huang, PhD for

receiving an

American Heart


fellowship award

to study a new

zebrafish model of

hypoplastic left heart syndrome. 

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March 25, 2021

Congratulations to our amazing trainees for reaching career milestones - Harvard graduate student Felicia Wranitz aced her preliminary qualifying exam and lab manager/research technician Katherine Copenhaver is off to complete her MD/PhD at LSU!