On Saturday January 25th, HiveBio welcomed Cortney Bouldin Ph.D. to the community lab space where he presented an introductory course on Microscopy and Developmental Biology using zebrafish embryos and HiveBio’s DIY Microscopes.
Cort began with an introduction about the mechanics of microscopes and showed a diagram of how multiple lenses bend light to display images in compound microscopes. After a brief discussion of developmental biology and zebrafish embryos, Cort continued with the hands-on portion of the class.
The early stages of zebrafish development are remarkably similar to human development, which is why they are used as a model system for biological studies. Cort instructed students on how to pipette a small amount of 24 hour-old zebrafish embryos onto a microscope slide. Continue reading