The labspaces are renovated, the equipment purchased, the fish are growing up, and maybe winter will end in Edmonton someday–we are ready to truly kick off our research program this summer!

Some of our very first trainees have already secured stipends and awards that will pay for their work throughout the summer in the Hall lab:

Parya Pourbehi was awarded an University of Alberta Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) award to begin testing whether muscular disease, by impairing movement early in life, has indirect impacts on concurrent brain development.

Kayla Lottin will be working in the lab this summer on a collaborative project with Dr. Tamzin Blewett looking at the effects of hydraulic fracturing wastewater exposure on nervous system development in embryonic and larval zebrafish.

Micaiah Achtymichuk will be working in the summer as a research assistant, flexing his molecular biology knowledge to help develop, test, and rear some new transgenic zebrafish strains central to future research projects.

I am also very proud to announce that Gabriel Dillenburg was accepted into the University of Alberta Graduate Program and will be moving to Canada to begin his Ph.D. program in our lab in the fall, studying the importance of movement on postembryonic development of the peripheral sensory nervous system.

Finally, and more immediately, I am helping co-supervise Arash Shahriari from Dr. Keith Tierney’s lab as he pivots his Ph.D. work on the effects of odourant complexity and aging in adult zebrafish olfaction towards anatomy. Arash will be investigating age-dependent changes in the anatomy and function of the olfactory epithelium over the coming summer!

We are fortunate to have such a wonderful group of trainees starting in the research program. As well, I am still looking for new trainees at an undergraduate/graduate level to start from Fall 2022 onward. If you are interested or know someone else who might be, check the Contact page for ways to reach out to me!