Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
Genesis and consequences of embryonic ethanol exposure: A zebrafish FASD model
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the most frequent preventable birth defect syndrome. FASD affects approximately 1% of individuals globally, and much higher proportions are affected in some countries and at risk populations in the United States. Our experiments analyzing developmental mechanisms producing birth defects reveal numerous target genes and epigenetic effects. My laboratory has also studied potential therapeutic targets that mitigate effects of ethanol. Consequences on animal behavior, including visual system responses and anxiety are being pursued.