The Zebrafish Education and Research Facility complements current biomedical studies at UNE and expands its research infrastructure by providing opportunities to students for training and hands-on experience with cutting-edge techniques using the zebrafish in both the classroom and in biomedical research.
Because zebrafish share more than 70% genetic similarity with humans, the species serves as an important model system for studying human disease. In fact, 85% of genes associated with human diseases can also be found in the zebrafish. Offering advantages such as ease of genetic manipulation, cost effectiveness, and rapid embryonic development, zebrafish provide a significant benefit to students and faculty interested in researching a wide array of biomedical issues, including development, regeneration, infectious disease, cancer, and toxicology.
The facility, located on the Biddeford Campus, currently contains two double-sided recirculating systems with the capacity to house up to 7,000 zebrafish. It provides expertise and facilities for zebrafish husbandry as well as classroom and experimental use for faculty, students, and external users.
The facility offers the following services:
- Animal housing and care
- Shipping and receiving of embryos and adult fish
- Embryo procurement and disinfection
- Training on microinjection and microinjection services