Our laboratory is generally interested in the early embryonic development of the vertebrate nervous system and skeleton. We study zebrafish, small teleost fish that have emerged as a powerful new genetic system for studying how genes control early development. The genetic mechanisms we are studying have important implications for human birth defects and cancers. Accordingly, our research is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health.


Living 1 day-old zebrafish embryo and cartilage in a 5 day-old larva


The Graduate Program and How to Apply

Schilling lab students generally enter through our joint program in Cell and Molecular Biosciences but may also apply through our Mathematical and Computational Biology or Interdepartmental Neuroscience  gateway programs.