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...

February 6, 2022

Congratulations to Maryline Abrial and Sandeep Basu for

their new



a zebrafish

model of

thoracic aortic root

aneurysm. Sandeep will also be featured in a "First Person" interview.

Sandeep Basu_Burns Lab Photo-1.jpg

January 28, 2022

Congratulations to Michka Sharpe and Juanma González-Rosa for their new manuscript describing an essential function for Ruvbl2 (Reptin) in suppressing cardiomyocyte proliferation during zebrafish heart development and regeneration. 

December 14, 2021

Congratulations to

Warlen Pereira

Piedade, PhD for

receiving an


Heart Association

postdoctoral fellowship award to study a new zebrafish congenital heart disease model. 


June 15, 2021

Congratulations to Felicia Wranitz for receiving a two year LaDue graduate student fellowship to study cardiomyocyte proliferation in the context of heart development and heart regeneration. 

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.