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.


Sylvia Gong


  • Margie Oleksiak, Ph.D., University of Miami
  • Dave Hinton, Ph.D., Duke University
  • Damian Shea, Ph.D., North Carolina State University

*For more info about this project contact sylvia@bozinstitute.org