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H. Joseph Yost 2018 Election Statement
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Richard L. Stimson Presidential Endowed Chair
Vice Chairman for Basic Science Research, Department of Pediatrics
Interim co-Director Molecular Medicine Program (U2M2)
Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy, and Pediatrics
Eccles Institute of Human Genetics
University of Utah



I have actively served on boards for several societies that interface with the zebrafish research community, including Society for Developmental Biology Public Affairs Committee (2017-present); FASEB Science Policy Committee (2014-2016); Chairman, National Public Affairs Committee, American Association of Anatomists (2012-2016); Organizer, SDB SW Regional, Salt Lake City (2013); Board of Directors, SDB (elected SW Regional Rep 2002-05; 2005-08); Weinstein Cardiovascular Development Steering Committee (2002-2011); Organizer, Weinstein Cardiovascular Development Conference (2002); NIHLB Task Force on Cardiovascular Development (2001). I serve as Associate Editor, Developmental Dynamics (2002-present) and the Editorial Board, Developmental Biology (1997- present).

I think it is essential that members of our community actively and continuously serve on peer review panels to promote the best zebrafish science in the field (and no, it’s not my fault if a particular grant didn’t get funded!). I have Chaired: NIH Cardiovascular Development & Disease (interim, 2012-13); AHA National (2009-11); Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences (2011); Special Emphasis Panel ZHD1 (2010); NIH SBIR Review Panel (2009); NIH Special Emphasis Panel “Tools for Zebrafish Research” (2009); NIH Special Emphasis Panel “Zebrafish Genetic Screens” (2009); AHA National (2008); NIH Hematology Special Emphasis Panel (2004); AHA, Western Affiliate (1999-2002). Served as panel member: NIH DEV1 (2018); NIH CDD (2012-2016); NIH Special Emphasis Panel “Tools for Zebrafish Research” (2012); NIH Special Emphasis Panel “Zebrafish Genetic Screens” (2012); NSF Animal Developmental Mechanisms (2011); Cellular and Molecular Biology of the Kidney (2009); ZRG1 BDA-A Special Emphasis Panel (2009); CVRS-B Challenge Grants Panel (2009); charter member, NIH DEV-1 (2002-2007); NSF Developmental Biology Panel (1996-2000; 2001-2005); NIH Cardiovascular Differentiation and Development (2005); NIH Special Emphasis P01 Panel (2004); NIH RFA Diamond-Blackfan Panel (2004); NIH/NIHLB PPG (2000); NIH Cell Biology and Physiology-1 Study Section (1998); American Heart Association, National (1996-2000); AHA MN Affiliate (1995-1997); NIH/NIHLB RFA (1995). 

Candidate Statement:

I am grateful for the highly collaborative and collegial zebrafish research community, and I want to serve on the IZFS board to help build on strong traditions. My personal vision for the IZFS board is that we should continue to seek new ways to support and mentor the next generation of zebrafish investigators, students, postdocs and junior faculty, as they navigate the rapidly changing professional landscape. Some of the upcoming challenges include: promoting the relevance and excitement of zebrafish research for the biomedical community; dealing with shifts in funding agendas, evolving publication media and increased regulatory burdens; and incorporating innovations into our research and educational programs. The IZFS can serve as a forum, both at the meeting and through other venues, to debate and resolve a variety is issues as they arise.

I trained in Drosophila and yeast genetics at the University of Chicago and Xenopus embryology at UC Berkeley. Wanting to pursue a genetically amenable system in vertebrate development, my lab started utilizing zebrafish in the early 1990’s. I have a strong commitment to training and mentoring the next generation of biomedical scientists, and I want to bring my experience to the IZFS board. I serve as the PI on a long-standing NIH T32 Training program in Developmental Biology that provides predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. My research lab has successfully trained 30 undergraduates, 15 Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. students, and 30 postdoctoral fellows or Pediatrics junior faculty. My former trainees are working around the country as leaders of their own research teams as tenured or tenure-track faculty, or pursuing successful careers in medicine, biotechnology, public policy or law. Our commitment to the pipeline includes bringing to Utah the innovative BioEyes outreach programs for 4th-12th grade students in local schools with underrepresented populations.

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