Zebrafish Research Alliance
March 31, 2016
The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has awarded Assistant Professor of Biology Tamily Weissman an $80,000 grant to study nervous system development in zebrafish embryos. This formal collaboration with two other principal investigators at Whitworth University (Aaron Putzke) and Reed College (Kara Cerveny) will establish a regional research alliance by bringing together scientists pursuing similar research goals using advanced imaging technologies. The Collaborative Research Alliance Pilot Initiative will establish a virtual “Center for Excellence” in the Pacific Northwest: the total amount awarded to all three institutions is $240,000, and will also involve Drs. Greg Hermann and Norma Velázquez-Ulloa at Lewis & Clark, and computational biologists at Reed and Whitworth. The project will bring a number of researchers and undergraduates together to better understand how the nervous system develops, foster research-rich teaching environments, and enhance the sharing of data and expertise across the region. More about Dr. Weissman’s research program is available here.