Embryos and Chemicals
Animal development, from egg fertilization to a fully functional multi-cellular organism, is governed by complex, dynamic and regulated gene activities. We use Zebrafish (Danio rerio), a model organism with >70% genetic homology to humans, to better understand gene expression during early embryogenesis and under stress. We study effects of pollution on gene-environment interactions animal development to better understand mechanisms of sensitivity and tolerance between and within lab-reared and natural fish populations.
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Damian Shea, Ph.D., North Carolina State University