Moens, Cecilia

Faculty Profile

First Name: 
Cecilia
Last Name: 
Moens
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Title: 
Member
Primary Institution: 
FHCRC
Department/Division: 
Basic Sciences
Department/Division: 
other
E-Mail: 
Mail/Box #: 

Box 358080/B2-152

Office Location: 

B2-159, FHCRC

Office Phone: 
(206) 667-5627
Research

Research Summary: 

The Moens lab studies the early development of the vertebrate brain, using the transparent zebrafish embryo as an in vivo model system for neuroepithelial morphogenesis, neuron migration and synapse formation. Our approaches include forward genetic screening for mutants in which these processes fail and in vivo imaging of normal and mutant embryos, cells and proteins to discover how the genes we identify in our screens control normal brain development. In collaboration with human genetics colleagues at the University of Washington we also generate mutations in the zebrafish orthologs of genes that cause hindbrain malformations in humans with the goal of using the exquisite in vivo tools available in the zebrafish to understand the developmental basis of these disorders.

Short Research Description: 
morphogenesis and neuron migration in brain development
Areas of Interest: 
Developmental Biology, Stem Cells & Aging
Neuroscience
Keywords: 
<p> neural development, neural patterning, neuronal migration, neural tube morphogenesis, synapse formation, genetics, zebrafish</p>
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