Zebrafish (Danio rerio) is a freshwater fish belonging to the Cyprinidae family. It offers numerous advantages as a vertebrate animal model such as high physiological and genetic homology to mammals, external fertilization, rapid organogenesis, transparent embryos and larvae, and ease of genetic manipulations. These features resulted in the increase use of zebrafish in biomedical research.
The zebrafish lab in the Department of Anatomy contains a zebrafish housing facility that holds up to 360 adult zebrafish. Currently, this lab holds wild-type zebrafish from RIKEN Japan and from local aquarium. Equipped with stereomicroscope and micromanipulator, numerous application can be performed in this lab, including intracranial injection and fish dissection.