This NCRR training grant provides veterinarians with training in biomedical research, specifically focused on using aquatic research models. The program provides concentrated mentored research training emphasizing laboratory research using multidisciplinary approaches. Training in the use of fish as models for toxicological, oncology, and infectious diseases of fishes is emphasized.  Trainees will have opportunities to gain knowledge in fish husbandry, infectious diseases and health of fishes, molecular techniques, physiology, transgenics, and diagnostics. Support is available on a competitive basis to applicants with a veterinary degree, and provides the opportunity to obtain a research degree (MS or PhD).

The focus of the program is research, but candidates will also be given opportunities to expand their skills in general fish husbandry and aquatic diagnostics through externships or longer term research collaborations at OSU and with local research partners. Laboratories affiliated with the program that are conducting in vivo research with aquatics are listed below.

Contact Dr. Michael L. Kent, Deputy Director for further information. or 541-737-8652.


The training faculty from several colleges and departments at OSU has a long history using aquatic models for biomedical research and the study of fish health, with outstanding and unique facilities and infrastructure.

  • Dr. Robyn Tanguay, Director, and Associate Professor, Enivron. Mol. Toxiocol.- aquatic toxicology, zebrafish models
  • Dr. Michael Kent, Deputy Director and Professor, Microbiology and Biomedical Sciences - infectious diseases in zebrafish and salmonids
  • Dr. Christopher Bayne, Emeritus Professor, Zoology, comparative immunology
  • Dr. Luiz Bermudez,  Chair and Professor, Dept. Biomedical Sciences – zebrafish models for mycobacteriosis
  • Dr. Julie Greenwood, Associate Professor, Dept. Biochem and Biophysics.   Phosphoinositide regulation of calpain in glioblastoma cell migration using zebrafish model
  • Dr. Karen Guillemin – Associate Professor, Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon – Zebrafish models for intestinal host-bacterial interactions.
  • Dr. Emily Ho, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences - antioxidants and gene expression and dietary chemoprevention strategies.  

  • Dr. Ling Jin, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences – virology. Presently studying herpesvirus infections in fishes.

  • Dr. Carl Schreck, Professor, Fisheries and Wildlife & Leader of the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit – salmonids, fish physiology

  • Dr. David Williams, Professor, Enivorn. and Mol. Toxicol. - mammalian and fish models in research on the mechanism of toxicity of environmental chemicals.

  • Dr. Monte Westerfield, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon – developmental biology using zebrafish models

  • Dr. John Postlethwait, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon – developmental biology using zebrafish models  


  • Dr. Jerry Heidel, Professor, Biomedical Sciences and Director Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory -  fish histopathology, diseases of ornamental fishes
  • Dr. Christiane Löhr, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences – Pathology and research with zebrafish models.
  • Dr. Katy Murray, Zebrafish International Resource Center (ZIRC), University of Oregon – veterinarian for ZIRC. 

Facilities for Aquatic Animal Research
Several laboratories are present at OSU or in collaborating institutes that will be available for conducting studies with fish and other aquatic species