The Graduate Program in

Rolf Karlstrom

Professor and Chair, Biology

B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1985
Ph.D., University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1993

Research Interests

Developmental Neurobiology: Axon Guidance, Forebrain Patterning, and Pituitary Developement

My laboratory uses zebrafish as a simple vertebrate system to study how the forebrain and pituitary gland develop, and to investigate how axons are guided across the midline to form the forebrain commissures and optic chiasm. Accessible and rapid early development, combined with beautiful imaging characteristics and the ability to manipulate gene expression, make zebrafish a powerful model system for the study of early brain formation.

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