17th International Zebrafish Conference

Program | Keynote Lectures | Award LecturesPoster Prize WinnersBeattie Award Winner Organizing CommitteeSponsors & Exhibitors

The 17th International Zebrafish Conference
June 22-26, 2022 | Montreal, Canada & Virtual 

The 17th International Zebrafish Conference was offered in a hybrid format. Over 400 zebrafish community members joined live in Montreal for the 17th International Zebrafish Conference and 200+  attended virtually. It was a truly unique and innovative conference that incorporated the best of both in-person and virtual conference experiences.


IZFC featured a stellar keynote speaker, two prestigious 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. 

Program Agenda

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

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

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

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

2022 International Zebrafish Conference Poster Prize Winners

Thank you to Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation, eLife Sciences and FEBS Letters who sponsored this year's poster prizes!

Names listed in alphabetical order.

Name Affiliation Submission title
Eleanor Duncan University of Toronto Characterization of Deeply Conserved Enhancers Implicated in Congenital Heart Disease
Amelia Glazier Universitätsklinikum Ulm The selective VCP inhibitor CB-5083 impairs striated muscle function in zebrafish and disrupts cardiomyocyte protein homeostasis
Luca Guglielmi The Francis Crick Institute Nodal signaling establishes a competency window for stochastic cell fate switching
Madeleine Hewitt University of Washington Analyzing 3D cell and nuclear shape in zebrafish lateral line neuromasts
Erin Jimenez National Institute of Health A regulatory network of Sox and Six transcription factors initiate a cell fate transformation during hearing regeneration in adult zebrafish
William Jones University of Pennsylvania A New Mechanism of Dorsal Axial Organizer Repression by Integrator Complex Subunit 6
Andrea  Pedroni Karolinska Institutet Activity dependent modulation of adult spinal neurogenesis
Nahal O Shahidan University of Sheffield Adgrg6 variant analyses: from chemical screening in zebrafish to virtual screens and in vitro assays
Nathan Stutt University of Toronto The role of the apelin receptor in cardiac lineage specification in zebrafish
Abhinav Sur NICHD/NIH Shared and tissue-specific molecular states during zebrafish development
Wen Hui Tan National University of Singapore A Collagen10a1 mutation disrupts cell polarity and causes skeletal defects in a medaka (Oryzias latipes) model for Schmid Metaphyseal Chondrodysplasia

2022 Christine Beattie Award

Congratulations to the 2022 Christine Beattie Award winner, Yunlu Zhu! The award recognizes junior investigators who demonstrate excellence in the field of zebrafish research and exhibit promise as a future leader in the zebrafish field. Dr. Zhu was awarded based on his IZFC presentation “Linking molecular abnormalities to behavioral deficits using a zebrafish model for tauopathies”. 

About the 2022 Christine Beattie Award Winner, Yunlu Zhu:

Dr. Yunlu Zhu is a postdoctoral fellow at the Neuroscience Institute, NYU School of Medicine. Yunlu studies the neural circuits underlying balance control in the context of neurodegenerative diseases. Specifically, his work focuses on progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a tau-protein disorder that causes frequent falls in patients starting from the early stage of the disease. Yunlu strives to understand how biochemical dysfunction leads to balance disorders in PSP. Yunlu has generated a novel zebrafish model for tauopathies, which allows him to investigate disease mechanisms across molecular, cellular, circuit, and behavior levels.

Yunlu earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where he studied glia and neurodevelopment while accidentally discovering novel roles of neural crest cells in phagocytosing dead cells during neurodevelopment. His long-term interest is to understand how neurons and glia assemble into functional circuits and how molecular and cellular dysfunctions disrupt behavior in disease.

Conference Organizing Committee

Lila Solnica-Krezel, PhD,
IZFS President, Committee Chair
Washington University School of Medicine

Ashley Bruce, PhD
University of Toronto

Brian Ciruna, PhD
University of Toronto

Hiromi Hirata, PhD
Aoyama Gakuin University

Corinne Houart, PhD
King's College London

Kristen Kwan, PhD
University of Utah

Kessen Patten, PhD
Institut National de Recherche Scientifique

Caroline Lei Wee, PhD
Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore

Flavio Zolessi, PhD
Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de La Republica


2022 IZFC Sponsors & Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsors


Silver Sponsor


Afternoon Break Sponsor


Poster Prize Sponsor


17th IZFC Exhibitors

Plastic Oceans

IZFC Supporters

Grant Supporters

National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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