Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 4:00 PM
Crystal Cove Auditorium, UC Irvine Student Center
Reception to follow the Lecture at 5:00 PM
About the Lecture:
Recently the zebrafish, a small freshwater fish commonly found in your home aquarium, has emerged as a powerful new gene discovery and disease model system. Much of what we know about human genes and their role in health and disease has come from research using small animals as model systems. This is possible because two-thirds or more of our genes are similar in structure and function to genes in a fly or a fish. Professor Schilling will discuss how his lab has used zebrafish to study musculoskeletal development, including genetic causes of birth defects such as cleft palate and muscular dystrophy. He will also discuss how this work has led to insights into the basic biology of cartilage, bone and tendon development. These include how cells choose to become one of these cell types and how defects in these processes can lead to disease states. Such information gained from studies in a little fish is leading to potential therapies for musculoskeletal disorders.
Reservations are requested.
Refreshments will be served at the reception following the lecture.
The event is open to the public and the UCI campus community.
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