Westerfield Laboratory

Westerfield Lab Contact Info

P: 541-346-4596
F: 541-346-4548
Contact Person: Judy Peirce
Email: judyp@uoneuro.uoregon.edu

Lab Members

Katherine Anderson, Student
Bernardo Blanco-Sánchez, Research Associate
Aurélie Clément, Research Associate
Willem Griffiths, Student
Taylor Howett, Student

Judy Peirce, Research Assistant
Jennifer Phillips, Research Associate 
Jeremy Wegner, Research Assistant
Monte Westerfield, Professor (view curriculum vitae)
Westerfield Lab Alumni

ZFIN Database: 

Leyla Bayraktaroglu, Scientific Curator
Yvonne Bradford, Scientific Curator
Madison Cheek, Curator 
Anne Eagle, Project Manager 
David Fashena, Scientific Curator 
Ken Frazer, Scientific Curator 
Doug Howe, Curation Manager
Ashley Hughes, Curator 
Patrick Kalita, Software Engineer
Jonathan Knight, Adminstrative Assistant
Ryan Martin, System Administrator

Prita Mani, Software Engineer
Sierra Moxon, Database AdministratorChristian Pich, Software Engineer 
Sridhar Ramachandran, Scientific Curator 
Kevin Schaper, Software Engineer
Holle Schaper, Adminstrative Assistant 
Xiang Shao, Software Engineer 
Amy Singer, Scientific Curator 
Sabrina Toro, Research Associate
Ceri Van Slyke, Scientific Curator

Zebrafish International Resource Center:

Justin Bauer, Fish Facility Staff 
Renee Clark, Fish Facility Staff 
Keely Core, Fish Facility Staff 
April Freeman, Administrative Staff 
Gordon Hennesy, Technical Staff 
Ron Holland, Database Administrator
Jen-Jen Hwang-Shum, Research Associate
Michael Kent, Professor
Evyn Loucks, Fish Facility Staff 
David Lains , Fish Facility Staff

Dagmara Marston, Fish Facility Staff
Jen Matthews, Fish Facility Staff 
Katy Murray, Veterinarian
Andrzej Nasiadka, Research Associate 
Erin Quinn, Administrative Assistant 
Alex Schumann, System Administrator
Calvin Smith, Fish Facility Staff 
Evan Williams, Fish Facility Staff 
Zoltan Varga, Director

Research Interests:

Our laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanisms that regulate the differentiation of neurons.  We study how the specific properties of different kinds of neurons are regulated. 

We use zebrafish and a combination of anatomical, physiological, molecular, and genetic techniques.  The goal of our research is to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms that regulate the establishment of specific neuronal cell fates during normal development and what goes wrong during disease. 

Current research focuses on models of human disease. In particular, we are making and studying models of Usher syndrome, the leading cause of deafblindness.

Our research is funded by the National Eye Institute, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and theOffice of the Director of the National Institutes of Health. We also thank the Megan FoundationVision for a CureThe Usher 1F Collaborative, and The Gary Shapiro Memorial Fund for generous donations to the Usher Syndrome Research Fund that supports our work.

Contribute to the Usher Syndrome Research Fund.

Lab Haikus from annual Institute retreats:

Mutant hunt is fun
Tangoing through the gene pool
Don't drink the water

Free the zebrafish!
Take them to Amazon Creek
We need more field trips

 

 

Selected Publications

 

 

 

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Links:

The Coalition for Usher Syndrome Research
Usher syndrome registry 
The Usher 1F Collaborative
Hear See Hope - Usher syndrome: Hope for a cure 
The Foundation Fighting Blindness
Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology 
ZFIN (the zebrafish information network) - the zebrafish model organism database.
The Zebrafish International Resource Center