Scientist in the Spotlight: Studying Zebrafish to Understand the Human Brain

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Natural History Museum of Utah - Naturalist Lab

Deeptha Vasudevan, a developmental neurobiologist, will be at Scientist in the Spotlight at NHMU.

The brain is awesome. In addition to being the only organ that named itself, it is the control center of our entire body. It is so complex that we still don't know how much we don't understand about the brain. Previously, scientists thought that brain cells (neurons) were non-regenerative. Now, we are learning that neurons can actually regenerate, even in adults, from neural stem cells. 

Join developmental neurobiologist Deeptha Vasudevan, who studies the regeneration of neurons in zebrafish after spinal cord injury to better understand how the nervous system develops and how humans are wired. Check out the tools she uses, the zebrafish that she studies, and learn a bit about how we can better understand our own brains by studying these amazing fish.

Scientist in the Spotlight is held on the first and third Friday of each month from 2–4 p.m.The program allows Museum guests to meet real scientists and discuss their research. See link below for additional scientists in the series.


Included in Museum admission, free to members and University of Utah faculty, staff, and students with a current U ID.