The Department of Developmental Biology at Washington University School of Medicine will be hosting the bi-annual Midwest Zebrafish Conference to be held in 2015.  This conference is a gathering of scientists and researchers that focus on the use of zebrafish in their basic biological and biomedical research. The program will be designed by recognized leaders in the field to provide state-of-the-art information on advances in the use of zebrafish in biomedical research and the technologies employed.  The event is scheduled for June 11-13 and will be held in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center located on the Medical School campus, which is in close proximity to Washington University’s Zebrafish Facility, the world's most modern facility of its kind and includes robotic feeding and cleaning systems.


Educational Workshop


Kathleen Whitlock, Ph.D., University of Valparaiso, will be chairing an Educational Workshop that you will not want to miss! The Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, June 11, from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.


Open to projects involving K-12 and undergraduate education projects

I. Presentations

II. Discussion
In this workshop on education we will discuss education in the context of why do we encourage the STEM technologies (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Is a “Market” approach (see below) the best strategy? Will Developmental Biology be lost in a Market approach to science education?
Will we misunderstand, as we possibly misunderstood David and Goliath (see below), the situation and meaning of how and why we educate people in science?


“The central mission of the STEM Education Coalition is to inform federal and state policymakers on the critical role that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays in U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity.”

2. David and Goliath
“…and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms–all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle?





Confirmed speakers for this year's conference include: Christine Beattie, Ph.D., Stephen Johnson, Ph.D., David McLean, Ph.D., Chunyue Yin, Ph.D., Marc Wolman, Ph.D., Fang Lin, Ph.D., Ting Wang, Ph.D. and Rebecca Wingert, Ph.D.


For more details visit our speakers page



Venue Location on Campus (click here for map)


The 2015 Midwest Zebrafish Conference will be held at:

Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC), 520 S. Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110; 314-747-3284

This facility is located on the medical school campus of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.


Lodging and Travel


The Olin Dorms are located on campus, The Parkway Hotel is located within three blocks of the FLTC and the Holiday Inn Express is 1/2 mile from the FLTC. There is easy access to the local MetroLink light rail transportation line, making travel to and from the world famous Gateway Arch and Lambert - St. Louis International Airport convenient. Click here for more information on travel.




Program Book


All registrants will receive one complimentary copy of the Program Book.