IZFC featured a stellar keynote speaker, two prestigious George Streisinger and Chi-Bin Chien award lectures. A wealth of plenary and concurrent sessions highlighted the latest zebrafish research advances and informed participants about the newest cutting-edge zebrafish research tools and technologies. The presentations featured a host of topics including: genetics and genomics, imaging, regeneration, sustainability and so much more. All sessions were recorded for future access. 

The full program can be viewed here on the virtual event platform



Zebrafish: One-cell at a time (single cell)
Bushra Raj, Upenn, USA
Ian Scott, University of Toronto, Canada

Brain & Behavior / Sensorimotor systems / Neurodevelopment
Martha Bagnall, Washington University St Louis, USA
Eric Horstick, West Virgina University, USA

Brain-Body Interactions (and metabolic disease)
Misha Ahrens, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia, USA
Lihua Ye, Ohio State University, USA

Cellular Mechanisms of Embryogenesis
Yinan Wan Biocentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland 
Ashley Bruce, University of Toronto, Canada

Gene Regulation: Central Dogma / GRNs / Epigenetics
Cecilia Winata, International Institute of Molecularand Cell Biology, Poland
Vince Tropepe, University of Toronto, Canada

Germ Cells, Gametogenesis, Sex Determination
Flo Marlow, Icahn School of Medicine New York, USA
Andrea Pauli, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) at the Vienna Biocenter, Austria

From embryonic pattern to form and function
In memory of Bernard Thisse.
Max Furthauer, Institut de Biologie Valrose, France
Marc Ekker, University of Ottawa, Canada

Ecology & Evolution / Evo-devo / Comparative Biology
Alex Keene, Texas A&M, USA
Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Mount St. Vincent University, Canada

Regeneration and Stem Cells
Kazu Kikuchi, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Japan 
Marie-Andrée Akimenko, University of Ottawa, Canada

Ageing and Neurodegeneration
Christopher Winkler, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Kessen Patten, Institut National de Recherche Scientifique, Canada

Zebrafish: From disease modeling to therapeutics
Summer Thyme, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Eric Samarut, Université de Montréal, Canada

Cardiac, Craniofacial and Musculoskeletal Systems
Gage Crump, USC. USA
Ruben Juez Marin, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, Saint-Justine Hospital, Canada

Corinne Houart, MRC Centre for NeuroDev Disorders King’s College London

Physiology and Metabolism
Nicolas Rohner, Stowers, USA
Raymond Kwong, York University, Canada


Cancer and Growth Control
Yi Feng, University of Edinburgh, UK
Jason Berman, University Ottawa, Canada


Blood and Lymphatic Systems, Hematopoiesis, Vascular Biology
Shigetomo Fukuhara, Nippon Medical School, Japan
Jason Fish, University of Toronto, Canada


Infection and Immunity, Wound Healing
Carmen Feijoo, Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile
Peng Huang, University of Calgary, Canada


Glia & Myelination
Ryan MacDonald, University College London, UK
David Lyons, Centre for Neuroregeneration, Edinburgh, UK


Technology Development
Yonghua Sun, Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS
Takaaki Matsui, Nara Institute of Science and Technology,

Keynote Lecture

Kazutoshi Mori

Dynamics of function and regulation of Endoplasmic Reticulum

June 22, 2022 | 6:15-7:15pm EDT
Kazutoshi Mori, PhD
Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University

Prof. Dr. Kazutoshi Mori is a professor of Biophysics at the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University. He is a leading researcher in the field of Protein Quality Control, focusing on the biological and physiological importance of the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR).

Award Lectures


How to Build Embryo Models in vitro: Naive Stem Cells Instructed by a Morphogen Secreting Organizer

June 24, 2022 | 3:00-3:45pm EDT
Christine and Bernard Thisse, PhD
University of Virginia
2022 George Streisinger Award Winners

Bernard and Christine Thisse recently retired from their positions of : ‘Directeurs de Recherche au CNRS’ (France) and Professors of Cell Biology and of Biology, University of Viriginia (USA).

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Conserved Myosin light chain function is essential to sarcomere assembly in fast-twitch skeletal muscle

June 23, 2022 | 3:00-3:30pm EDT
Jared Talbot, PhD
University of Maine
2022 Chi-Bin Chien Award Winner

Jared Talbot studies the dynamic signals that control muscle development, from progenitor specification through cell migration, fusion, and differentiation. He began work as an assistant professor in the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine in Fall 2019. Dr. Talbot's zebrafish genetics work began with Ph.D. studies in Charles Kimmel's lab at the University of Oregon. He learned to study muscle from Sharon Amacher, enriched by a robust muscle research community at The Ohio State University. Along the way, Dr. Talbot has developed and distributed protocols, mutant lines, and given hands-on training to many labs in the zebrafish community.

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Blood Stem Cell Clonality and the Niche 
A Legacy of the Blood Mutants from the First Tübingen Screen

June 25, 2022 | 11:30am-12:15pm EDT

Leonard Zon, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2022 EZS Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Award Winner

Leonard Zon, the Grousbeck Professor of Pediatric Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and Director of the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children's Hospital, is a consummate clinician scientist. Len’s pioneering research has led to fundamental discoveries in hematopoiesis, cancer biology and stem cell biology all while developing, harnessing and showcasing the power of the zebrafish as a model organism.

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Poster Hall

Don’t miss the poster hall! Explore the variety of presentations and chat with the presenters about their research. This dynamic poster hall fosters the exposure and success of junior investigators and trainees. Posters will also be available virtually with an opportunity to connect to the poster presenter.


Exhibit Hall

The exhibit hall provides the opportunity to connect with vendors for your various research needs. Along with the in person exhibits, there will also be a virtual booth presence as well.


Networking Receptions

Join us June 22, 2022, for the welcome and networking reception to kick things off. Then on Saturday June 25, 2022, join us for the banquet and reception to cap off an exceptional conference experience.


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