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...

May 20, 2020

Burns Lab meeting in the new normal. 


January 09, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Michka Sharpe for successfully defending her thesis and earning her PhD from Harvard Medical School! She is off to Flagship Pioneering in Cambridge, MA later this month. 


September 12, 2019

Congratulations to Alex Akerberg and our collaborative team on acceptance of our 


describing a deep

learning neural

network for assessing

chamber volumes in

embryonic zebrafish hearts. (Disease Models and Mechanisms)  https://dmm.biologists.org/content/dmm/12/10/dmm040188.full.pdf)Including 

cover photo and

First Person interview: