Summer Research Spotlight

by mlreynolds on July 12, 2022

Left: Allyson; Right: Olivia
Left: Olivia; Right: Allyson

During the weekend of June 24th, Dr. Lassiter took a couple of students to the International Zebrafish Society Conference in Montreal. Olivia Brichter and Allyson Herriges co-presented at their first international conference on the project, “Estrogen Exposure Results in Inhibited Tail Fin Regeneration in Embryonic Zebrafish (Danio rerio).” Together, they explored the effects of estrogen exposure on tail fin regeneration. Early data shows statistically significant effects, but future research will study the magnitude of effects at a genetic level. They explain their interest in this topic stems from the understanding of elevated levels of estrogen found in our water supply and they wish to explore the impact of estrogen on biodiversity. Olivia and Allyson enjoyed the experiences that the conference provided them. From networking with other developmental biologists and exploring graduate schools to learning about all the potential directions that their research could expand upon, it certainly sounds like an amazing first conference to have attended!

Both Allyson and Olivia have individual research projects that they are currently working on! Allyson is currently studying the effects of Zofran on genes correlated to autism and neural development. She explains that this project is in its preliminary stages of development and hopes to have it completed by spring. Olivia is currently studying the effects of estrogen on Pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) induced seizures in developing zebrafish.

Congratulations, ladies! We can’t wait to hear more about your research!

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