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Summer research: zebrafish biology

By Lisa Belgam on July 6, 2011

Alyssa Perez is a summer intern in the Office of Admission, and she shared the following post with me — the first in a series about summer research at Colgate:

Brian Piotrowski ’12 is spending his summer at Colgate University working with Assistant Professor of Biology Jason Meyers studying the developmental neurobiology of the zebrafish (Danio rerio). Brian is furthering a line of research that started in the Meyers lab focusing on the regeneration of the zebrafish retina in response to injury. Brian is working with the microglia, a special type of immune cell, “trying to determine what signals these microglia produce and how they affect the Müller glia, cells that normally do not divide, but in response to injury turn into stem cells and repair the damaged retina.” Through this research experience Brian is getting a head start on the research process that is required of all biology concentrators while enjoying Colgate in the summer!

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