Thu, Sep 03, 2020 7:15 pm
Zebrafish have gained a lot of traction as a scientific model organism since the 1980's, due in large part to their amenability to genetic modification. One such modification is transgenesis; the insertion of a gene from one species' genome into another. This talk will explore the traits that make zebrafish a unique and valuable model organism, what transgenes are and how they contribute to research, and finally, how transgenic zebrafish are made in the laboratory.Dr. Jacob Montgomery
Jacob obtained his PhD at the University of Notre Dame and is a researcher in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. He used zebrafish to study retinal regeneration as a graduate student and is currently using them in his research on the spinal networks that produce locomotion. He has generated numerous transgenic zebrafish lines over the course of his career, and finds it to be one of the most rewarding (and aggravating) aspects of research.