Dr. Judith Eisen works in the University of Oregon Zebrafish Facility, which houses 80,000 zebrafish used in developmental biology research.

Dr. Judith Eisen works in the University of Oregon Zebrafish Facility, which houses 80,000 zebrafish used in developmental biology research.

Zebrafish Research Pioneer to Speak at SWOSU about Neurological Development

Dr. Judith Eisen, professor of biology at the University of Oregon, will be guest speaker at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Biological Sciences J.D. Maness Seminar Series on Wednesday, December 4.

Eisen will present “Developmental Interactions Between the Microbiome and the Nervous System” in a presentation open to the public at 4 p.m. in Room 212 of the Old Science Building on the Weatherford campus.

The large number of neurons present in the vertebrate nervous system collectively contribute to how animals behave. Eisen uses cellular, molecular, genetic and microbiological manipulations of zebrafish in her research, and she is particularly interested in the impact of microbes and the immune system on neuronal architecture, circuitry and function.

Eisen is a pioneer in the use of zebrafish as models for studying neurological development and her research efforts have been honored in several capacities. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2018 member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences section on neurosciences, cognitive sciences and behavioral biology.

For more information, contact SWOSU Department of Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Dr. Regina McGrane at 580-774-3046.