Research Facilities

Zebrafish Facility
The UCL zebrafish facility is currently comprised of four separate multi-rack systems and several standalone and bench top systems housed in five separate rooms. The facility currently holdings around 400 genetically distinct lines - currently approximately 70,000 fish, with a maximum capacity of 100,000 fish.
Fish Facility 2
Fish Facility 3
Fish 4
Fish Facility 1

Zebrafish Facility Website

For further information about the zebrafish facility please follow the link below


Carole Wilson – Facility Manager

0207 679 3321

Carly Nicholls – Deputy Facility Manager

020 7679 3338

Anatomy Building B04

List of Equipment
The oldest system was funded by the BBSRC and was installed by Aquatic Habitats. The newest and larger system was jointly funded by Wellcome and UCL and was also installed by Aquatic Habitats.
Between the systems we have a total of about 5,000 tanks - each between 1.5 litres and 10 litres. All the multi-rack systems are re-circulating systems that are fully quarantined (all lines have been established from bleached eggs).

Techniques and Capabilities
  • Holding and husbandry of fish
  • Stock centre, currently holding approximately 70 lines – available to the community – either as adult fish or embryos – alive or staged
  • Supply of wild type fish, either as adult or embryo to the community
  • Advice on import and export of fish
  • Maintaining the British zebrafish Community Line Database.
  • Advice on Home Office Licences related to zebrafish

 Please contact Carole Wilson for information on charging policy

The fish facility offers training on all aspects of zebrafish husbandry - please contact Carole Wilson for more information on training and to discuss your requirement.


Bianco, I.H., Carl, M., Russell, C., Clarke, J.D., and Wilson, S.W. (2008) Brain asymmetry is encoded at the level of axon terminal morphology. Neural Develop.. 3:9

Hawkins, T.A., Haramis, A.P., Etard, C., Prodromou, C., Vaughan, C.K., Ashworth, R., Ray, S., Behra, M., Holder, N., Talbot, W.S., Pearl, L.H., Strähle, U., and Wilson, S.W. (2008) The ATPase-dependent chaperoning activity of Hsp90a regulates thick filament formation and integration during skeletal muscle myofibrillogenesis. Development. 135(6):1147-1156

Dekens, M.P., and Whitmore, D. (2008) Autonomous onset of the circadian clock in the zebrafish embryo. EMBO J..

Kai, M., Heisenberg, C.P., and Tada, M. (2008) Sphingosine-1-phosphate receptors regulate individual cell behaviours underlying the directed migration of prechordal plate progenitor cells during zebrafish gastrulation. Development. 135(18):3043-3051

Tobin, J.L., Di Franco, M., Eichers, E., May-Simera, H., Garcia, M., Yan, J., Quinlan, R., Justice, M.J., Hennekam, R.C., Briscoe, J., Tada, M., Mayor, R., Burns, A.J., Lupski, J.R., Hammond, P., and Beales, P.L. (2008) Inhibition of neural crest migration underlies craniofacial dysmorphology and Hirschsprung's disease in Bardet-Biedl syndrome. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 105(18):6714-6719

Tawk, M., Araya, C., Lyons, D.A., Reugels, A.M., Girdler, G.C., Bayley, P.R., Hyde, D.R., Tada, M., and Clarke, J.D. (2007) A mirror-symmetric cell division that orchestrates neuroepithelial morphogenesis. Nature. 446(7137):797-800

Carl, M., Bianco, I.H., Bajoghli, B., Aghaallaei, N., Czerny, T., and Wilson, S.W. (2007) Wnt/Axin1/beta-Catenin Signaling Regulates Asymmetric Nodal Activation, Elaboration, and Concordance of CNS Asymmetries. Neuron. 55(3):393-405

Kapsimali, M., Kloosterman, W.P., de Bruijn, E., Rosa, F., Plasterk, R.H., and Wilson, S.W. (2007) MicroRNAs show a wide diversity of expression profiles in the developing and mature central nervous system. Genome Biol.. 8(8):R17

Tamai, T.K., Young, L.C., and Whitmore, D. (2007) Light signaling to the zebrafish circadian clock by Cryptochrome 1a. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 104(37):14712-14717

Costagli, A., Felice, B., Guffanti, A., Wilson, S.W., and Mione, M. (2006) Identification of alternatively spliced dab1 isoforms in zebrafish. Dev. Genes Evol.. 216(6):291-299

Jeong, J.Y., Einhorn, Z., Mercurio, S., Lee, S., Lau, B., Mione, M., Wilson, S.W., and Guo, S. (2006) Neurogenin1 is a determinant of zebrafish basal forebrain dopaminergic neurons and is regulated by the conserved zinc finger protein Tof/Fezl. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 103(13):5143-5148

Mione, M., Lele, Z., Kwong, C.T., Concha, M.L., and Clarke, J.D. (2006) Expression of pcp4a in subpopulations of CNS neurons in zebrafish. J. Comp. Neurol.. 495(6):769-787

Carr, A.J., Tamai, T.K., Young, L.C., Ferrer, V., Dekens, M.P., and Whitmore, D. (2006) Light reaches the very heart of the zebrafish clock. Chronobiol. Int.. 23(1):91-100

Witzel, S., Zimyanin, V., Carreira-Barbosa, F., Tada, M., and Heisenberg, C.P. (2006) Wnt11 controls cell contact persistence by local accumulation of Frizzled 7 at the plasma membrane. J. Cell Biol.. 175(5):791-802

Witzel, S., Zimyanin, V., Carreira-Barbosa, F., Tada, M., and Heisenberg, C.P. (2006) Wnt11 controls cell contact persistence by local accumulation of Frizzled 7 at the plasma membrane. J. Cell Biol.. 175(5):791-802

Aizawa, H., Bianco, I.H., Hamaoka, T., Miyashita, T., Uemura, O., Concha, M.L., Russell, C., Wilson, S.W., and Okamoto, H. (2005) Laterotopic Representation of Left-Right Information onto the Dorso-Ventral Axis of a Zebrafish Midbrain Target Nucleus. Curr. Biol.. 15(3):238-243

Barth, K.A., Miklosi, A., Watkins, J., Bianco, I.H., Wilson, S.W., and Andrew, R.J. (2005) fsi Zebrafish Show Concordant Reversal of Laterality of Viscera, Neuroanatomy, and a Subset of Behavioral Responses. Curr. Biol.. 15(9):844-850

Cavodeassi, F., Carreira-Barbosa, F., Young, R., Concha, M., Allende, M.L., Houart, C., Tada, M., and Wilson, S. (2005) Early Stages of Zebrafish Eye Formation Require the Coordinated Activity of Wnt11, Fz5, and the Wnt/Catenin Pathway. Neuron. 47(1):43-56

Norton, W.H., Mangoli, M., Lele, Z., Pogoda, H.M., Diamond, B., Mercurio, S., Russell, C., Teraoka, H., Stickney, H.L., Rauch, G.J., Heisenberg, C.P., Houart, C., Schilling, T.F., Frohnhoefer, H.G., Rastegar, S., Neumann, C.J., Gardiner, R.M., Strähle, U., Geisler, R., Rees, M., Talbot, W.S., and Wilson, S.W. (2005) Monorail/Foxa2 regulates floorplate differentiation and specification of oligodendrocytes, serotonergic raphe neurones and cranial motoneurones. Development. 132(4):645-658

Kapsimali, M., Caneparo, L., Houart, C., and Wilson, S.W. (2004) Inhibition of Wnt/Axin/{beta}-catenin pathway activity promotes ventral CNS midline tissue to adopt hypothalamic rather than floorplate identity. Development. 131(23):5923-5933

Kudoh, T., Concha, M.L., Houart, C., Dawid, I.B., and Wilson, S.W. (2004) Combinatorial Fgf and Bmp signalling patterns the gastrula ectoderm into prospective neural and epidermal domains. Development. 131(15):3581-3592

Teraoka, H., Russell, C., Regan, J., Chandrasekhar, A., Concha, M.L., Yokoyama, R., Higashi, K., Take-Uchi, M., Dong, W., Hiraga, T., Holder, N., and Wilson, S.W. (2004) Hedgehog and Fgf signaling pathways regulate the development of tphR-expressing serotonergic raphe neurons in zebrafish embryos. J. Neurobiol.. 60(3):275-288

Carreira-Barbosa, F., Concha, M.L., Takeuchi, M., Ueno, N., Wilson, S.W., and Tada, M. (2003) Prickle 1 regulates cell movements during gastrulation and neuronal migration in zebrafish. Development. 130(17):4037-4046

Cau, E. and Wilson, S.W. (2003) Ash1a and Neurogenin1 function downstream of Floating head to regulate epiphysial neurogenesis. Development. 130(11):2455-2466

Concha, M.L., Russell, C., Regan, J.C., Tawk, M., Sidi, S., Gilmour, D.T., Kapsimali, M., Sumoy, L., Goldstone, K., Amaya, E., Kimelman, D., Nicolson, T., Gründer, S., Gomperts, M., Clarke, J.D.W., and Wilson, S.W. (2003) Local tissue interactions across the dorsal midline of the forebrain establish CNS laterality. Neuron. 39(3):423-438

Take-uchi, M., Clarke, J.D.W., and Wilson, S.W. (2003) Hedgehog signalling maintains the optic stalk-retinal interface through the regulation of Vax gene activity. Development. 130(5):955-968

Ulrich, F., Concha, M.L., Heid, P.J., Voss, E., Witzel, S., Roehl, H., Tada, M., Wilson, S.W., Adams, R.J., Soll, D.R., and Heisenberg, C.P. (2003) Slb/Wnt11 controls hypoblast cell migration and morphogenesis at the onset of zebrafish gastrulation. Development. 130(22):5375-5384

Lyons, D.A., Guy, A.T., and Clarke, J.D. (2003) Monitoring neural progenitor fate through multiple rounds of division in an intact vertebrate brain. Development. 130(15):427-436

Costagli, A., Kapsimali, M., Wilson, S.W., and Mione, M. (2002) Conserved and divergent patterns of Reelin expression in the zebrafish central nervous system.. J. Comp. Neurol.. 450(1):73-93

Feldman, B., Concha, M.L., Saude, L., Parsons, M.J., Adams, R.J., Wilson, S.W., and Stemple, D.L. (2002) Lefty antagonism of squint is essential for normal gastrulation. Curr. Biol.. 12(24):2129-2135

Grandel, H., Lun, K., Rauch, G.J., Rhinn, M., Piotrowski, T., Houart, C., Sordino, P., Küchler, A.M., Schulte-Merker, S., Geisler, R., Holder, N., Wilson, S.W., and Brand, M. (2002) Retinoic acid signalling in the zebrafish embryo is necessary during pre-segmentation stages to pattern the anterior-posterior axis of the CNS and to induce a pectoral fin bud. Development. 129(12):2851-2865

Houart, C., Caneparo, L., Heisenberg, C.P., Barth, K.A., Take-uchi, M., and Wilson, S.W. (2002) Establishment of the telencephalon during gastrulation by local antagonism of Wnt signaling. Neuron. 35(2):255-265

Klisa, C., Bayley, P., Lyons, D.A., Nüsslein-Volhard, C., Clarke, J.D.W., Brand, M., and Wilson, S.W. (2002) Identification and characterization of novel zebrafish brain development mutants by large-scale mutagenesis screening. Dev. Biol.. 247(2):447

Kudoh, T., Wilson, S.W., and Dawid, I.B. (2002) Distinct roles for Fgf, Wnt and retinoic acid in posteriorizing the neural ectoderm. Development. 129(18):4335-4346

Wendl, T., Lun, K., Mione, M., Favor, J., Brand, M., Wilson, S.W., and Rohr, K.B. (2002) pax2.1 is required for the development of thyroid follicles in zebrafish. Development. 129(15):3751-3760

Wilson, S.W., Brand, M., and Eisen, J.S. (2002) Patterning the zebrafish central nervous system. Results Probl. Cell Diff.. 40:181-215

Cooke, J.E., Moens, C.B., Roth, L.W., Durbin, L., Shiomi, K., Brennan, C., Kimmel, C.B., Wilson, S.W., and Holder, N. (2001) Eph signalling functions downstream of Val to regulate cell sorting and boundary formation in the caudal hindbrain. Development. 128(4):571-580

Tada, M., Concha, M.I., and Heisenberg, C.-P. (2002) Non-canonical Wnt signalling and regulation of gastrulation movements. Sem. Cell Dev. Biol.. 13(3):251-260

Heisenberg, C.-P. and Tada, M. (2002) Zebrafish gastrulation movements: bridging cell and developmental biology. Sem. Cell Dev. Biol.. 13(6):471-479

Heisenberg, C.-P. and Tada, M. (2002) Wnt signalling: a moving picture emerges from van gogh. Curr. Biol.. 12(4):R126-R128

Heisenberg, C.P., Houart, C., Take-uchi, M., Rauch, G.J., Young, N., Coutinho, P., Masai, I., Caneparo, L., Concha, M.L., Geisler, R., Dale, T.C., Wilson, S.W., and Stemple, D.L. (2001) A mutation in the Gsk3-binding domain of zebrafish Masterblind/Axin1 leads to a fate transformation of telencephalon and eyes to diencephalon. Genes Dev.. 15(11):1427-1434

Rohr, K.B., Barth, K.A., Varga, Z.M., and Wilson, S.W. (2001) The nodal pathway acts upstream of hedgehog signaling to specify ventral telencephalic identity. Neuron. 29(2):341-351

Concha, M.L., Burdine, R.D., Russell, C., Schier, A.F., and Wilson, S.W. (2000) A nodal signaling pathway regulates the laterality of neuroanatomical asymmetries in the zebrafish forebrain. Neuron. 28(2):399-409

Durbin, L., Sordino, P., Barrios, A., Gering, M., Thisse, C., Thisse, B., Brennan, C., Green, A., Wilson, S., and Holder, N. (2000) Anteroposterior patterning is required within segments for somite boundary formation in developing zebrafish. Development. 127(8):1703-1713

Heisenberg, C.P., Tada, M., Rauch, G.J., Saude, L., Concha, M.L., Geisler, R., Stemple, D.L., Smith, J.C., and Wilson, S.W. (2000) Silberblick/Wnt11 mediates convergent extension movements during zebrafish gastrulation. Nature. 405(6782):76-81

Masai, I., Stemple, D.L., Okamoto, H., and Wilson, S.W. (2000) Midline signals regulate retinal neurogenesis in zebrafish. Neuron. 27(2):251-263

Shanmugalingam, S., Houart, C., Picker, A., Reifers, F., Macdonald, R., Barth, A., Griffin, K., Brand, M., and Wilson, S.W. (2000) Ace/Fgf8 is required for forebrain commissure formation and patterning of the telencephalon. Development. 127(12):2549-2561

Williams, J.A., Barrios, A., Gatchalian, C., Rubin, L., Wilson, S.W., and Holder, N. (2000) Programmed cell death in zebrafish Rohon Beard neurons is influenced by TrkC1/NT-3 signaling. Dev. Biol.. 226(2):220-230

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