ZFIN ID: ZDB-LAB-180327-3
Lovely Lab
PI/Director: Lovely, Ben
Contact Person: Lovely, Ben
Email: ben.lovely@louisville.edu
URL:
Address: Department of Biochemistry 319 Abraham Flexner Way HSC-A, RM713 University of Louisville Louisville, KY 40292
Country: United States
Phone: 502-852-7551
Fax: 502-852-6222
Line Designation: lou


GENOMIC FEATURES ORIGINATING FROM THIS LAB No data available


STATEMENT OF RESEARCH INTERESTS
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) describes a broad spectrum of ethanol-induced birth defects which impacts up to 5% of school age children every year. With a complex pathology, FASD is highly variable, with facial and neural phenotypes being common. Some of this variability is thought to be due to genetic predisposition, yet we know very little about the genetic loci contributing to FASD variability. Our work leverages zebrafish to identify ethanol-sensitive loci involved in craniofacial development.

The craniofacial skeleton develops from complex interactions between multiple tissues in the forming head. The primary focus of our research is to understand how gene-ethanol interactions impact the normal cellular and tissue behaviors that contribute to these complex interactions. Using the live imaging capabilities of transgenic zebrafish embryos, as well as genetic, molecular biology and classic embryology techniques, we are able to directly analyze the impact of gene-ethanol interactions on the cell behaviors underlying craniofacial development.

Our goal is to provide insight into the ethanol-sensitive genes that regulate craniofacial development and lay the groundwork into the mechanistic basis of ethanol teratogenesis. Ultimately, we hope to build a comprehensive understanding of the genetic and environmental inputs underlying craniofacial development that will help identify therapeutic avenues to improve efficacy in mitigating these development disorders.


LAB MEMBERS
Nobles, Gina Post-Doc


ZEBRAFISH PUBLICATIONS OF LAB MEMBERS
Lovely, C.B. (2019) Animal models of gene-alcohol interactions. Birth defects research. 112(4):367-379
Swartz, M.E., Lovely, C.B., McCarthy, N., Kuka, T., Eberhart, J.K. (2019) Novel ethanol-sensitive mutants identified in an F3 forward genetic screen. Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research. 44(1):56-65