Dr. Michael Carvan
Shaw Associate Professor
School of Freshwater Science
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
In this video, Dr. Carvan describes his research on the effects of mercury ingestion on female zebra fish. His data shows that mercury exposure at even unmeasurable levels negatively impacts neural development in their offspring, causing learning and memory issues as well as developmental abnormalities.
Research currently underway in the laboratory takes advantage of the power of the zebrafish genetic model system to explore the mechanism(s) by which xenobiotics (e.g. environmental chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals) induce disease in both fish and humans, and to identify genes that influence sensitivity and resistance to chemical exposure.
Student Filmmaker: Chris Elkendier
Project Director and Producer: Ryan Sarnowski
Producer: Jenny Plevin
Associate Producer: James Michaels
Post-Production Specialists: Travis Torok & Kyle Probst
Animations: Danny D’Acquisto