The Zebrafish Facility Core offers investigators and research personnel breeding and maintenance of zebrafish for use in the research community.
Zebrafish are vertebrates that offer a greater similarity to humans than worms and other common small model organisms, such as fruit flies. It is therefore commonplace to identify genetic factors that are conserved in vertebrates. Importantly, this similarity also allows for researchers to study diseases in this system that are common between zebrafish and humans. The zebrafish is also powerful model for small-molecule screening. This makes the zebrafish an attractive model to facilitate translational medicine. Additional features of using zebrafish in research include:
The main room of the zebrafish facility contains 6 racks with the capacity to hold 168 one-liter tanks, 180 three-liter tanks, and 90 ten-liter tanks, which equals an approximate total system volume of 2651 liters. The zebrafish facility is a 24-hour operation run by research assistants with the aid of graduate and undergraduate students in the McDermott Lab.
Current users are charged a flat rate of $375/month for usage.