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ZMIG 14th of November 2018

Next ZMIG seminar 14 November 0930-1130 at NMBU-VET, Campus Adamstuen, Building 14, The Spiserom.




1. Short relevant community news, ZMIG 2019 places and dates.

2. Khadeeja Siddique (Weltzien Lab) – Single-cell sequencing to identify cell types in the medaka pituitary

3. Leif Lindeman (Aleström Lab) on radiation induction of histone modifications in zebrafish and salmon

4. ZMIG Guest Lecture 1030-1115: Zebrafish as a model for immunometabolism research  by  Dr. Herman Spaink, Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at Leiden University, The Netherlands.


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The Norwegian Biochemical Society – Oslo (BIG)     CANCELLED    CANCELLED

Friday, November 2th, 12:15, Bikuben, Kristine Bonnevies Hus, University of Oslo

Combining live imaging and protein binders to study vascular branching morphogenesis  in the zebrafish

by  Dr. Markus Affolter, Biozentrum der Universität Basel, Switzerland



ZmIG is back on January 12th 2018

The next ZmIG seminar will be Friday January 12th, held at Domus Medica, autitorium L-200 (new wing). There will be signs to point us in the right direction.

9:30-10:00 Benan John Mathai (Anne Simonsen’s group): The tale of two Nipsnaps that facilitate mitophagy

10:00-10:30 Guro Sandvik (Finn-Arne Weltzien’s group): Kisspeptin in medaka brain development

10:30-11:00 David Ramonet (Camila Esguerra’s group): Identification of the mechanism of action of Ar-turmerone, a novel small-molecule compound with antiepileptic capabilities

Next ZmIG meeting, June 2nd

Dear zebrafish and medaka researchers,

On behalf of Gareth Griffith’s group I would like to welcome you to the next ZmIG seminar, which will take place next Friday, June 2nd at 10am. The seminar will take place in room 2621 in Kristine Bonnevies Hus at Blindern.

The programme will be as follows:

10:00-10:30 – Federico Fenaroli (Gareth Griffith’s group), ‘A new site for infecting zebrafish with mycobacteria and for xenotransplanting tumors; the role of angiogenesis’

10:30-11:00 – Urska Repnik, ‘Histology and EM of M.marinum granulomas in zebrafish’

11:00-11:30: Beibei Zhang (Jorrit Enserink’s group), ‘Zebrafish as a xenograft model for leukemia research’

March 17th, 2017 ZmIG seminar

Date: Friday March 17th

Time: 10:00-11:30am

Place: NMBU Adamstuen, Ullevålsveien 72, Building 14, lunch room ground floor

The programme will be as follows:

10:00-10:20: Thomas Fraser: Using larval zebrafish behaviour to assess endocrine disruption

10:30-10:50: Selma Hurem: Parental exposure to ɣ-radiation induce biological effects in zebrafish offspring

11:00-11:20: Peter Alestrom: e-ZFbook and zebrafish app – a new way to organize information, teaching and active learning

11:20-11:30: Discussion, including information regarding future zebrafish workshops and conferences

Each speaker will present for about 20-25min and there will be time for questions.

December 9th 2016, ZmIG meeting

Date: Friday December 9, 2016

Time: 10.00-11.30h

Place: NMBU Adamstuen, Ullevålsveien 72, Building 14, lunchroom ground floor (enter main door, take left, then right, then left again…).


Romain Fontaine, Temporal plasticity of pituitary gonadotroph cells in Medaka (Oryzias latipes) (Weltzien group)

Jorke Kamstra, Transgenerational changes on the DNA methylome following environmental insults in zebrafish (Alestrøm group)

Abdolrahman Khezri (Karin Zimmer/Erik Ropstad group) will give a talk entitled: Zebrafish behavioral assay as an endpoint to assess neurotoxicity caused by Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

September 9th 2016: ZIG

Date: September 9, 2016

Time: 10.00-11.30

Place: Forskningsparken, ​Gaustadalleen 21, Rm. CIENS VIA (for those of you not so familiar, please ask for directions at the reception when you enter the building).


​Fishing for drugs from nature: Zebrafish as a biodiscovery platform (Alex Crawford, Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine)

Modeling Epileptic Encephalopathies in Zebrafish (Ettore Tiraboschi, Esguerra Lab)

April 8th 2016: ZIG

Welcome to the next ZIG meeting that will be hosted at the School of Pharmacy Friday 8th April 10:00.

The meeting will be held in seminar room 297 in the Pharmacy building, Blindern Campus.
Enter through the main entrance and you will find it on the second floor.


Julia Tandberg and Leidy Lagos (Hanne Winther-Larsen group) will talk about using zebrafish as infection and vaccine models in aquaculture for two different bacterial species.

January 15th 2016: ZIG

We had initially planned on hearing Guro Sandvik from Finn-Arne Weltzien’s group (NMBU), however due to sickness we instead had an informal discussion about the format of our ZIG meetings. Here is a summary of what was agreed upon:

ZIG seminars will happen approximately every third month (on the second Friday of the month at 10am). One research group will be responsible for each session – this means booking a room, finding a speaker (or several) within the group, and sending an email to the ZIG mailing list with the programme. We agreed that the content of the presentation can be flexible – you can present your research, an exciting method you are developing/want to develop, or a relevant article you think the ZIG members will find interesting. Each group is responsible for switching with another group if the date allocated is not suitable.

The programme for 2016 is the following:

8th April: Hanne Winther-Larsen’s group
9th September: Camila Esguerra’s group
9th December: Finn-Arne Weltzien’s group

We also discussed the possibility of applying for funding for a common zebrafish facility, especially relevant for the time when NMBU will move to Aass. It was agreed that the PIs will communicate further on this, and talk with their relevant faculties and deans, so as to bring the matter to a higher level. The plan is to contact the Research Council at a later date to apply for funding.

November 13th 2015: ZIG Meeting

10:00-10:20: Gerbrand Koster (Gareth Griffiths’ group) ‘Optical micromanipulation of nanoparticles and cells inside living zebrafish’

10:30-10:50: Jorke Kamstra (Peter Alestrom’s group) ‘Epigenetics in Zebrafish – An Approach to assess the transgenerational effects of different exposures’

11:00-11:15: Leif Lindeman (Peter Alestrom’s group) ‘Chromatin immunoprecipiation in fish embryos’

Seminars will take place in Room 2203a, Kristine Bonnevies Hus, Department of Biosciences (Blindern) at 10am.


September 11th 2015: ZIG Meeting

9:30-10:00 Leonardo Martin Martin (Peter Alestrom group) ‘Zebrafish Embryo Development Systems Biology: small ncRNA sequencing and functional studies’

10:00-10:30 Agnieszka Wrobel (Dirk Linke group) ‘Zebrafish embryos as a model system for studying Yersinia ruckeri infection’

Seminars will take place in the lunch room, 1st floor of Building 14 at NMBU Adamstuen (same building as where the zf are kept)

June 12th 2015: ZIG meeting

10:00 – 10:20 – Benan John Mathai (Anne Simonsen group): Elucidating the role of the negative regulator of autophagy – HS1BP3, in zebrafish

10:30 – 10:50 – Arturas Kavaliauskis (Tor Gjøen group): Development of new nanoparticulate vaccines against fish viruses in aquaculture

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