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Dr. Michael Blanda

Dr. Michael Blanda

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Professor and Assistant Vice President for Research and Federal Relations

In addition to his primary roles as Professor and Assistant Vice President for Research and Federal Relations, Dr. Blanda is serving as the Interim Chair of the Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center.

Dr. Manfred Schartl

Dr. Manfred Schartl

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Co-PI for the Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center

My main research interests are the molecular processes in organismic development and their malfunction in cancerogenesis. One major topic is signal transduction and gene regulation in melanoma. I use the Xiphophorus model system and transgenic medaka that develop different types of pigment cell tumors. Besides classical tools for biochemical characterization of signal transduction and transcriptional regulation, I use genome sequencing and RNA-Seq transcriptomics in a comparative approach of fish models with human data to identify new melanoma genes and small non-coding RNAs that are involved in the transition from a benign pigmentary lesion to malignant melanoma. 

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Dr. Yuan Lu

Dr. Yuan Lu

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Co-PI for the Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center

My research focuses on using the Xiphophorus model system to identify an endogenous EGFR regulator utilizing transcriptomics and genome wide association studies. In addition, my research characterizes the light-induced genetic response in several aquatic model systems, including Xiphophorus, medaka, zebrafish and using Xiphophorus interspecies hybrid, and allele specific gene expression to identify key genetic responses to environmental cues such as light.

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Dr. Caitlin Gabor

Dr. Caitlin Gabor

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Co-PI for the Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center

My research program spans population level questions using conservation physiology and behavioral and evolutionary ecology with fish and amphibians as model organisms. My lab studies the historical forces of natural and sexual selection on speciation in a unisexual-bisexual species complex of live bearing fish from a population, behavioral, genetic and physiological standpoint.

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Markita Savage

Markita Savage

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Operational Manager of the XGSC Markita began her employment with the Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center as a Grant Specialist in 2005 and was promoted to Operational Manager in 2008.  Markita has since been in charge of all daily operations of the Stock Center including Xiphophorus species maintenance as well as maintenance of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) lines housed at the center.

In Memoriam: Dr. Steven Kazianis

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Steven Kazianis Ph.D., of Philadelphia, died at 41 on March 10, 2008, of anaplastic astrocytoma cancer. Dr. Kazianis was a leading melanoma cancer scientist and avid nature photographer. Steven was given the nickname "Xiphophorus" because of his love of the species of fish that he spent most of his life researching.

Here is a link to a tribute published in Zebrafish: Nikolas K. Haass. Zebrafish. June 2008, 5(2): 91-92.