Dr. Darius Balciunas

The Balciunas laboratory is using the zebrafish, Danio rerio, as the model system to study the development and particularly regeneration of the cardiovascular system.  Unlike humans and other mammals, zebrafish have outstanding regenerative capacity and can regenerate the heart after significant ventricular injury.  Conditional zebrafish mutants that we generate in our laboratory are especially helpful in uncovering genes essential for this process. We are also interested in understanding how gene expression is controlled during development and regeneration.

Please visit the Balciunas lab website for more information.