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HutsonDr. Lara D. Hutson

Clinical Assistant Professor
Office: Cooke 517
Tel: 716-645-4958
Lab: 716-645-4957

B.S. University of California, San Diego
Ph.D. University of Washington
Postdoctoral Research at University of Utah

Teaching Summary

BIO 200 – Evolutionary Biology

BIO 201 – Cell Biology

BIO 205 – Biochemistry

BIO 425/525 – Special Topics: Genetics and Development of Zebrafish

Selected Publications


  • Wang Y, Hutson LD, Chen Y, Guan G. (2015) Identification and analysis of a novel bmp4 enhancer in Fugu genome. Arch Oral Biol. 60(4):540-5.
  • Lahvic, JL, Ji, Y, Zuflacht, JP, Springel, MW, Wosen, JE, Davis, L, Hutson, LD, Amack, JD and Marvin, MJ. (2013) Small heat shock proteins are necessary for heart migration and laterality determination in zebrafish. Dev Biol. 384(2):166-80
  • Khan, TM, Benaich, N, Malone, CF, Bernardos, RL, Russell, AR, Downes, GB, Barresi, MJ, and Hutson, LD (2012) Chemotherapy drugs cause axon outgrowth and behavioral defects in larval zebrafish. J. Peripher Nerv Syst. 17(1):76-89.
  • Hutson, LD, Campbell, DS, and Chien, C-B. “Analyzing axon guidance in the zebrafish retinotectal system” in Essential Zebrafish Methods: Cell and Developmental Biology. Ed. Monte Westerfield, Leonard Zon, H. Dietrich III. Academic Press. 2009.
  • Marvin, MJ, O’Rourke, D*, Kurihara T*, Juliano, CJ*, Harrison, KL*, and Hutson, LD (2008) Developmental expression patterns of the zebrafish small heat shock proteins. Dev Dyn. 237(2):454-63.
  • Elicker, KS* and Hutson, LD (2007) Genome-wide analysis and expression profiling of the zebrafish small heat shock proteins. Gene, 403(1-2):60-9.
  • Barresi, MJ, Hutson, LD, Chien, CB, and Karlstrom, RO. (2005) Hedgehog regulated Slit expression determines commissure and glial cell position in the zebrafish forebrain. Development. 132(16):3643-56
  • Miyasaka, N, Sato, Y, Yeo, SY, Hutson, LD, Chien, CB, Okamoto, H, and Yoshihara, Y (2005) Robo2 is required for establishment of a precise glomerular map in the zebrafish olfactory system. Development. 132(6):1283-93.
  • Hutson, LD, Campbell, DS, and Chien, C-B (2004) Analyzing axon guidance in the zebrafish retinotectal system. Methods Cell Biol. 76:13-35. (Invited review)
  • Hutson LD, Jurynec MJ, Yeo SY, Okamoto H, Chien C-B (2003) Two divergent slit1 genes in zebrafish. Dev Dyn. 228(3):358-69.
  • Hutson, LD and Chien, C-B (2002) Wiring the zebrafish: axon guidance and synaptogenesis. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 12(1):87-92. (Invited review)
  • Hutson, LD and Chien, C-B (2002) Pathfinding and error correction by retinal axons: the role of astray/robo2. Neuron. 33(2):205-17.
  • Hutson, LD and Bothwell, M (2001) Expression and function of Xenopus laevis p75(NTR) suggest evolution of developmental regulatory mechanisms. J Neurobiol. 49(2):79-98.


  • Hutson LD, Liang JO, Pickart MA, Pierret C, Tomasciewicz HG (2012) Making a difference: education at the 10th international conference on zebrafish development and genetics. Zebrafish. 9(4):151-4.
  • Hutson LD and Liang JO (2009) Making an Impact: Zebrafish in Education. Zebrafish. 6(2):119-120. (editorial)
  • Ekker SC, Hutson LD, Fields M (2009) The Art and Science of Zebrafish in the Classroom—An Interview with Melanie Fields. Zebrafish. 6(2): 121-126.
  • McKeown KA, Downes GB, Hutson LD (2009) Modular Laboratory Exercises to Analyze the Development of Zebrafish Motor Behavior. Zebrafish. 6(2): 179-185.
  • Barresi MJ, Farber SA, Hutson LD, Hyde DR, Liang JO, Morris JK. (2008) Zebrafish in the Classroom. Zebrafish. 5(3):205-208.