Accepted Wait List Registrations for Junior Academy TEENS! Tour Washington University’s School of Medicine Zebrafish Consortium Facilities

Monday, January 21 @ 11:00 am-12:00 pm


2nd Tour on Monday, January 21 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Location details to be sent with registration confirmation.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science and STEM Teens Leadership Council student members in grades 6-12 ONLY. REGISTER BELOW and choose 11AM or 12PM tour. Space is limited to 10 per tour. Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis.

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Tour Director: Zak Kupchinsky, Zebrafish Facility Supervisor

A common type of minnow, the zebrafish is popular in both scientific research and home aquariums. Zebrafish embryos are transparent and develop outside the body, making them useful for observing growth and development. Humans and Zebrafish share 70% of the same genes, and 84% of human disease genes have a Zebrafish counterpart.

Washington University School of Medicine’s Zebrafish Facility allows for large-scale, collaborative projects that would not be possible for individual investigators, helping scientists understand human development and disease, from birth defects and cancer to muscle and nerve disorders.

“Washington University in St. Louis is home to one of the largest zebrafish facilities in the world. And with robotic feeding and cleaning systems, it is the world’s most modern.”

—Lilianna Solnica-Krezel, PhD, Fellow, The Academy of Science – St. Louis; Professor and Chair, Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine

Learn about the day-to-day husbandry of zebrafish and the process of culturing young larvae to spawning adults in this exclusive behind-the-scenes walk-through tour of Washington University’s Zebrafish Facility nursery and two main adult rooms. Students will see the high-tech components of the facilities’ recirculating aquaculture systems and super-cool automated feeding robots! After the walk-through session microscopes are set up for a hands-on experience. Students can handle and inspect embryos at different stages of the developmental cycle.

Junior Academy TEENS! Tour Washington University’s School of Medicine Zebrafish Consortium Facilities is a Genetics and Genomics Series Community Event of The Academy of Science – St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, Siteman Cancer Center, and the Children’s Discovery Institute of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
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