Zebrafish Facility

Overview of Services

About Us:

The Zebrafish Facility is located in Hitchner Hall and is outfitted with the Aquatic Habitats for Accelerated Bioresearch (AHAB) fish rearing system (Aquatic Habitats, Apopka, FL). This system is composed of five-foot wide, five-level, stainless steel racks using any combination of tank sizes (3 and 10 liter). Water input lines deliver UV-sterilized water to each tank through an independent valve. The fish tanks have self-cleaning bottoms and the effluent system features an optically clear design. The filter system requires minimal maintenance, and maintains high water quality, dramatically reduced disease and mortality.

Technical Services:

• Approximately 1200 total research tanks (3 and 10 liter), which permits facility capacity of more than 40,000 zebrafish
• 12 recirculating racks of tanks for genetics and development work
• 1 physically isolated flow through rack of tanks for quarantined disease and toxicology research
• Zebrafish shipping and receiving
• Line storage and maintenance
• Emboryo purchasing
• Research project consultation
• All projects considered for trail must have IACUC approved Animal Use Protocols (AUP)


Peter Avis, Ph.D.
CORE Director

Megan Tardif
Assistant Director of Finance for CORE

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday

8 AM - 4:30 PM 

Hitchner Hall

Rooms 181 and 183

Links and Resources 


Name Role Phone Email Location
Mark Nilan
Laboratory Manager
178 Hitchner Hall
Rob Wheeler
Associate Professor of Microbiology
209 Hitchner Hall