Besides great faculty and a great research environment, UVa's location in Charlottesville offers a high quality life style with great outdoor recreation, a terrific downtown mall and some of the best schools in the country, all close to Washington DC. Charlottesville is also affordable. To match the purchasing power of a $50,000 post doc salary at UVa would require salaries of $62,500 in Seattle, $65,000 in Boston and $94,000 in Berkeley.


Lab-dedicated microscopy and imaging resources include:

  • Zeiss LSM 880 multi-photon scanning laser confocal with Fast Airyscan for super-resolution time-lapse imaging
  • Zeiss LSM 800 scanning laser confocal with Airyscan for super-resolution imaging
  • Zeiss Axio Observer Z1 with Yokogawa laser spinning disk for time-lapse imaging
  • Zeiss Axio Zoom.V16 with epifluorescence and ApoTome.2 for confocal quality imaging
  • Zeiss Axio Zoom.V12  stereomicroscope and camera
  • Zeiss AxioPlan 2i epifluorescence compound microscope with cameras
  • Olympus SZX12 epifluorescence stereomicroscope with camera
  • Leica M165C epifluorescence stereomicroscope


The lab is now located at University of Virginia, where Dave has accepted an endowed chair as the Pratt-Ivy Foundation Distinguished Professor of Morphogenesis in the Departments of Biology and Cell Biology. The lab is fully equipped for microscopy and imaging, a wide range of methods in molecular biology and genomics, and advanced methods in mutagenesis and transgenesis of zebrafish and related species. With the move to UVa we are finally housed in a modern open floor plan laboratory building with friendly and interactive colleagues, and we have acquired new instrumentation for super-resolution imaging, as well as a larger, brand new fish room exclusively for our use. UVa has a long tradition of leadership in the areas of morphogenesis and developmental cell biology and we are excited to be a part of it!

Axio Observer spinning disk

LSM 880 Fast Airyscan

Axio Zoom.V16 with Apotome II

LSM 800 Airyscan

 Lab-dedicated fish and support facilities:

  • state-of-the-art 2600 tank Aquaneering system
  • specialized housing for other Danio species
  • rotifer culture facility
  • microinjection facility

The lab is also equipped for next generation sequencing, single cell transcriptomics and other applications, with our own Illumina Next-Seq 550 Sequencer, 10X Genomics Chromium Single Cell Controller and Real time PCR .

Department of Biology

University of Virginia

Physical and Life Sciences Building

Charlottesville VA 22904






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