Individual research ESR 9

Zebrafish models of vascular development and disease


  • Generate at least one zebrafish model for a novel mutation causing a vascular anomaly in humans using transgenesis or CRISPR/Cas9 approaches
  • Characterize the phenotype of the zebrafish model with intra-vital microscopy, developmental genetics, and cell biological methods
  • Perform a detailed molecular characterization of the zebrafish mutants by whole-mount in situ hybridizations, immunohistochemical methods, and RNASeq
  • Elucidate potentially important signaling pathways using genetic reporter lines and genetic interaction studies with other zebrafish mutants in relevant pathways

Expected Results:

  • Establishment of a potential disease model in the zebrafish embryo;
  • Elucidation of the molecular pathways misregulated in that model;
  • Comparison of misregulated gene profiles with data available from patients.