ZFIN ID: ZDB-LAB-970424-67
Stephen Moorman Lab
PI/Director: Moorman, Stephen J.
Contact Person: Moorman, Stephen J.
Email: Stephen.Moorman@umdnj.edu
Address: Neuroscience and Cell Biology Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 675 Hoes Lane Piscataway, NJ 08854-5635 USA
Country: United States
Phone: (732) 235-4523
Fax: (732) 235-4029
Line Designation: None assigned


My areas of interest include developmental neurobiology and spinal cord regeneration. The current major thrust in the lab is to determine whether the appropriate development of the vestibular system is dependent on gravity. In the vertebrates, including humans, the vestibular system is the sensory system that transduces gravity into meaningful neurological signals for proper equilibrium orientation. We use zebrafish in our experiments to determine some of the fundamental mechanisms that control development of the vestibular system.

Cristofanilli, Massimiliano Post-Doc

Yu, Y.M., Cristofanilli, M., Valiveti, A., Ma, L., Yoo, M., Morellini, F., and Schachner, M. (2011) The extracellular matrix glycoprotein tenascin-C promotes locomotor recovery after spinal cord injury in adult zebrafish. Neuroscience. 183:238-50
Lindsey, B.W., Dumbarton, T.C., Moorman, S.J., Smith, F.M., and Croll, R.P. (2011) Effects of simulated microgravity on the development of the swimbladder and buoyancy control in larval zebrafish (Danio rerio). Journal of experimental zoology. Part A, Ecological genetics and physiology. 315(5):302-313
Guo, Y., Ma, L., Cristofanilli, M., Hart, R.P., Hao, A., and Schachner, M. (2011) Transcription factor Sox11b is involved in spinal cord regeneration in adult zebrafish. Neuroscience. 172:329-341
Chen, X., Moorman, S.J., Wallace, K.N., Pack, M., and Haendel, M.A. (2007) ZFIN Anatomy Working Group: Digestive System. Manually curated data.
Kwak, S.J., Vemaraju, S., Moorman, S.J., Zeddies, D., Popper, A.N., and Riley, B.B. (2006) Zebrafish pax5 regulates development of the utricular macula and vestibular function. Developmental Dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 235(11):3026-3038
Shimada, N., and Moorman, S.J. (2006) Changes in gravitational force cause changes in gene expression in the lens of developing zebrafish. Developmental Dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 235(10):2686-2694
Sive, H., Mueller, T., Wullimann, M.F., Kuwada, J.Y., Moorman, S.J., Haendel, M.A. (2006) ZFIN Anatomy Working Group: Nervous System. Manually curated data.
Shimada, N., Sokunbi, G., and Moorman, S.J. (2005) Changes in gravitational force affect gene expression in developing organ systems at different developmental times. BMC Developmental Biology. 5(1):10
Gillette-Ferguson, I., Ferguson, D.G., Poss, K.D., and Moorman, S.J. (2003) Changes in gravitational force induce alterations in gene expression that can be monitored in the live, developing zebrafish heart. Advances in space research : the official journal of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR). 32(8):1641-1646
Moorman, S.J., Cordova, R., and Davies, S.A. (2002) A critical period for functional vestibular development in zebrafish. Developmental Dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists. 223(2):285-291
Moorman, S.J. (2001) There are two different critical periods for zebrafish vestibular development. FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 15(5):A743
Moorman, S.J. (2001) Development of sensory systems in zebrafish (Danio rerio). ILAR journal. 42(4):292-298
Riley, B.B. and Moorman, S.J. (2000) Development of utricular otoliths, but not saccular otoliths, is necessary for vestibular function and survival in zebrafish. Journal of neurobiology. 43(4):329-337
Moorman, S.J., Burress, C., Cordova, R., and Slater, J. (1999) Stimulus dependence of the development of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) vestibular system. Journal of neurobiology. 38(2):247-258