On the 10th of March, our team member Mirjana Novkovic, PhD, gave a lecture on using zebrafish regenerative potential in biomedical research on the occasion of Unistem Day 2023.
Unistem Day is an international event that aims to promote stem cell research and its applications in regenerative medicine. The event is celebrated every March, and this year, the Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering hosted an open day for high school students to raise awareness about stem cell research and its potential to improve human health.
As a part of the open day, dr Novkovic’s lecture shed light on the unique regenerative abilities of zebrafish and how they can be used in biomedical research. She explained how zebrafish can regenerate tissues and organs, such as the heart, spinal cord, and fins, and how scientists can study these processes to gain insights into human regenerative biology.
The lecture was well-received by the students who were eager to learn more about the potential of zebrafish in biomedical research. They asked many questions and engaged in a discussion with Dr. Novkovic.
High school students also had the opportunity to visit the zebrafish husbandry and see how the zebrafish were kept in a controlled environment with a specific diet and lighting conditions to ensure their well-being and maximize their research potential. The visit to the husbandry allowed the students to understand the importance of proper animal care in scientific research.
Overall, the open day at the Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering on Unistem Day 2023 was a success, providing high school students with an opportunity to learn about the trends in stem cell biology and the potential of zebrafish in biomedical research.