The Currie group is curious about the biological mechanisms of the Zebrafish, a fresh water fish that is native to South East Asia.
Zebrafish are used in scientific research to understand human genetics and the biological processes of human diseases.
They are beneficial because they grow quickly and are optically transparent. The zebrafish embryo is very clear – every cell in the forming embryo can be seen, which make it very easy to work with. It also shares 70 per cent of the genetic code of Homo Sapiens.
The Currie group use zebrafish embryos to learn about muscle cell types. In particular, they are interested in how specific muscle cell types are determined within the developing embryo, how they grow and how they regenerate after injury.