Zebrafish could help detect kidney disease in humans

By UW-Barron County

Jamie Lyman-Gingerich, UW-Eau Claire professor of biology, will present “How Zebrafish Help Us Understand Human Kidney Disease” on March 9, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (R234) at UW-Barron County. Her talk is part of the university’s Thursdays @ the Lecture and Performance Series, which is free and open to the public.

Polycystic kidney disease is a common genetic disorder for which there is no cure. It currently is managed by palliative care and treatments to control, but not prevent, growth of cysts. Biologists are trying to understand the underlying changes in the kidney cells that cause cysts to form. Zebrafish are a useful model for these type of studies because their developing kidneys can be observed and cyst formation can be monitored, according to Lyman-Gingerich. She will discuss approaches she uses in her lab research to identify potential new biomarkers for early diagnosis of cystic kidney disease progression. 

Lyman-Gingerich grew up on a farm in upstate New York, where her involvement in 4H and curiosity about how the world works motivated her to be a scientist. She earned her doctoral degree in genetics at UW-Madison. She has been teaching at UW-Eau Claire for the past 10 years.

The Thursdays @ the U series is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. For more information, call 715-234-8176. UW-Barron County campus is located at 1800 College Drive, Rice Lake.


Brian Becker