Mangaluru, Nov 30, 2018: Nitte University Centre for Science Education and Research(NUCSER) has organised a two day ‘International Workshop on Essential Zebrafish Techniques- Development and Genetics’ on 29th and 30th November 2018 at NUCSER. This workshop is part of a three-year collaborative project on‘Investigating the Mechanisms of Genetic Disorders using the zebrafish model system (GEN-ZEMO) funded by the Department of Science and Technology, India and Belgian Science Policy (DST-BELSPO).
The inauguration of the workshop was held on 29th Nov 2018 at the Nitte University, Paneer Campus, Mangalore. Prof.Dr.Harsha Halahalli, Director (Curriculum Development), Nitte University, presided over the event and released the training manual. Dr. Patrick Sip, Scientist, Center for Medical Genetics, Ghent University, Belgium was the chief guest. The prelude to the workshop were scientific talks by two eminent scientists in the field, Prof Pancharatna Katti,Karnatak Univeristy,Dharwad and Dr. Yasmin Khan,Sophia University,Mumbai.
Zebrafish model systems have become quintessential to biomedical research in understanding various biological pathways and unravelling the molecular mechanisms that underlie various visible effects. The aim of the workshop is to train young researchers in various techniques used in zebrafish labs that have applications in the field of toxicology, genetics, disease modeling, drug screening and developmental biology - said Dr. Anirban Chakraborty, the Indian PI of the project and the coordinator of the workshop.
More than sixty students (undergraduate/post graduate) and faculty from various institutions across India took partin this workshop. Dr Sips and Ms Hanna de Saffel along with Dr Anirban Chakraborty conducted the various sessions in the workshop.