Joaquin Navajas Acedo
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Research Interests: Joaquin is attempting to understand how, why and where cell polarity is established on the zebrafish lateral line; and how that would help us understand development and disease.
Tatjana Piotrowski, PhD
Hometown: Herrenberg, Germany
Research Interests: Dr. Piotrowski says she always liked natural science. Although that could account for her interest in fish, like many embryologists, she is simply awed by watching an embryo develop. “One of the things I love about our work is the beauty of these embryos,” she says. “It is a privilege to sit at the microscope and see a single cell turn into an embryo—it is an incredibly aesthetic experience.”
Hometown: Vilnius, Lithuania
Research Interests: Agne is analyzing how neuromasts arrange their cells into polarized rosettes and develop into functional organs of particular shape and size.
Linjia Jiang, PhD
Hometown: Yantai, China
Research Interests: Linjia is interested in molecular mechanisms of zebrafish hair cell regeneration, and application of these mechanisms in human hearing loss and disease.
Senior Research Technician
Biography coming soon!
Mark Lush, PhD
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Research Interests: Mark has had a long-standing interest in developmental neurobiology. Mark says, "Zebrafish have proven to be an incredibly powerful model system allowing for the in vivo study of the development of the nervous system. My research includes two main goals; the discovery of new genes required for sensory hair cell development and regeneration and the elucidation of the cellular signaling pathways used by Schwann cells to control lateral line stem cell proliferation."
Biography coming soon!
Jonathan Kniss, PhD
Hometown: None (Air Force brat)
Research Interests: Jon is interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms that generate cell movements and organ formation. Within the zebrafish lateral line system, he is seeking to identify and characterize the stem cell population involved in hair cell regeneration and he is screening for new genes required for hair cell development and regeneration.
Nina Koenecke, PhD
Research Interests: Nina is interested in understanding how the different signaling pathways affect the different cell types in the neuromast during hair cell regeneration and she utilizes single cell RNA-seq to address these questions.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Hometown: Saint Joseph, Missouri
Education/Interests: Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in health science and a minor in Spanish. I truly enjoy supporting Dr. Piotrowski's research lab. It is great to work with such a dedicated group of researchers. I have always wanted to support the research sciences, particularly research that can eventually serve to improve human health, and I am happy I can support the scientific community at Stowers in my administrative role.