Collaborating Labs

The following laboratories collaborate with one of the zebrafish groups at Brown University.  These laboratories may study cell lines, invertebrate organisms, rodent models or human tissues and use zebrafish as a complementary model system.


The laboratory of Dr. Rachel Altura
Department of Pediatrics
The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Our laboratory is exploring novel anti-cancer treatments for pediatric and adult malignancies. We are also interested in the toxicities of chemotherapy and on whether mutations in specific genes make children more prone to develop toxicity after chemotherapy treatment.

* In May 2014, Dr. Altura joined the division of Discovery Medicine Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lawrenceville, NJ.  Dr. Altura continues to work on her research program at Brown University as an adjunct professor in collaboration with Dr. DeNardo and Dr. Chalwa. 

Link to faculty profile:  http://research.brown.edu/myresearch/Rachel_Altura

People in the Altura Lab who use zebrafish as a model system:

Rachel Altura (PI), Email: [email protected]
Mike Holloway (Assistant Professor), Email: [email protected]
Bradley Denardo (Postdoc), Email: [email protected]
Kevin Nguyen (Undergraduate Student), Email: [email protected]
Colby Davis (Undergraduate Student), Email: [email protected]
Isabela Souza (Undergraduate Student), Email: [email protected]


The laboratory of Dr. Richard Bennett
Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Brown University

My laboratory is interested in understanding the biology of the human pathogen Candida albicans. C. albicans is a yeast that grows in the human gastrointestinal tract and is usually harmless to humans. However, in some cases, Candida can cause localized infections in healthy individuals and even life-threatening systemic (bloodstream) infections in immunocompromised individuals. The focus of the laboratory is to understand how Candida acts as a pathogen in humans.

Link to faculty profile: http://research.brown.edu/myresearch/Richard_Bennett 
Link to Bennett laboratory:  http://biomed.brown.edu/labs/bennett/

People in the Bennett Lab who use zebrafish as a model system:

Richard Bennett (PI), Email: [email protected]
Emily Mallick (Graduate Student), Email: [email protected]


The laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Brainerd
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Brown University

Professor Brainerd and her research group combine anatomical studies of the musculoskeletal system with principles and techniques from engineering to understand the mechanical basis of movement in animals. Current projects include: biomechanics of the temporomandibular joint, muscle architecture, intercostal muscle function, and the development of a new 3D imaging technology, X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology

Link to faculty profile:  http://research.brown.edu/myresearch/Elizabeth_Brainerd 
Link to Brainerd laboratory: http://www.brown.edu/Departments/EEB/brainerd_lab/

People in the Brainerd Lab who use zebrafish as a model system:

Elizabeth Brainerd (PI), Email: [email protected]
Terry Dial (Graduate Student), Email: [email protected]
Tom Anzivino (URI summer intern), Email: [email protected]
Cally Harper* (Graduate Student), Email: [email protected]

* Prior lab members


The laboratory of Dr. Will Fairbrother
Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry
Brown University

My lab studies RNA splicing. A third of all hereditary disease mutations affect RNA splicing. Using deep sequencing and array based synthesis, we are measuring the effects of thousands of mutations and SNPs on splicing, spliceosome assembly and RNA protein binding. In the lab there is a strong emphasis on developing hybrid approaches to science, combining genome analysis and computational biology with experimentation.

Link to faculty profile:   https://vivo.brown.edu/display/wfairbro

People in the Fairbrother Lab who use zebrafish as a model system:

Will Fairbrother (PI), Email: [email protected]
Chien-Ling Lin (Postdoc), Email: [email protected]


The laboratory of Dr. Elena Oancea
Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology & Biotechnology
Brown University

The focus of my laboratory is in understanding signal transduction events using fluorescent microscopy in living cells. My lab is equipped with a state-of-the-art two-color TIRF microscope, which we will use to study UV-induced pigmentation in human skin and melanoma behavior. To visualize signal transduction events, we design and generate novel fluorescent probes using molecular biology techniques, which give us a unique angle in answering biologically relevant questions.

Link to faculty profile: https://vivo.brown.edu/display/eoancea

People in the Oancea Lab who use zebrafish as a model system:

Elena Oancea (PI), Email: [email protected]
Rana (Graduate Student), Email: [email protected]
Kirk (Graduate Student), Email: [email protected]
Iliana (Research Assistant), Email: [email protected]


The Laboratory of Dr. Jason Sello
Department of Chemistry
Brown University

Members of my research group and I have been investigating new approaches to antibacterial therapy and to biofuel production that are inspired by the unique metabolites and physiology of Streptomyces bacteria. A hallmark of my program has been the synergistic application of experimental methods from synthetic organic chemistry, molecular microbiology and biochemistry. Thematically, my research has been organized around potential solutions to challenges in human health and in energy.

Faculty Profile:  https://vivo.brown.edu/display/jsello

People in the Sello Lab who use zebrafish as a model system:

Amanda Dombroski (Graduate Student):  [email protected] 


The laboratory of Dr. Kristi Wharton
Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry
Brown University

The goal of the research in our laboratory is to understand how TGF-B signaling molecules facilitate the communication between cells. Cellular communication is essential to the proper manifestation of cell movements, growth, and differentiation during the development of multi-cellular organisms.

Link to faculty profile:  https://vivo.brown.edu/display/kwharton 

People in the Wharton Lab who use zebrafish as a model system:

Kristi Wharton (PI), Email: [email protected] 
Cathy Trebino (Research Assistant), Email: [email protected]
Eric Tung (Undergraduate Student), Email: [email protected]