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We are looking for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. investigating the mysteries of cardiovascular development and disease

in zebrafish


Our research seeks to investigate the fundamental question of how

cardiac cells sense and respond to the environment during development

and disease. Focusing on tissue interactions we seek to understand the

mechanisms underlying the regulation of morphogenic and identity

transformations that occur during development and disease. We use the

assembly of the heart tube in zebrafish as our model with which to

elucidate these mechanisms. Some of the specific research questions we

are interested in investigating include, but are not restricted to:

how multiple tissues interact to regulate large movements? How

intercellular adhesions are tuned during collective movements? How

lumen formation is intrinsically and extrinsically encoded? and How

the plasticity of cardiovascular identity is regulated? These

challenging questions require we take an interdisciplinary approach,

combining the genetic and imaging strengths of zebrafish with both

biomechanical and systems-level methodologies.


Are these the type of difficult challenges that excite you? We are

recruiting graduate students to join our laboratory. Contact Josh

directly at


-More information about the laboratory can also be found at


-For more information about our graduate program including rotations

please see

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