iBG zebrafish facility houses an aquarium equipped with Techniplast Zebtec Multilinking system with 360 tanks capacity, and a Zebtec Standalone system with 60 tanks capacity used in the main room and the quarantine room respectively. In addition, the unit has embryo manipulation room that is equipped with stereomicroscopes and microinjection equipment , two imaging rooms equipped with a fluorescent stereomicroscope and a brigthfield stereomicroscope with cameras.
The zebrafish aquarium is operated by highly trained personnel, with high standards in compliance with EU-regulations, monitored with local ethics committee and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock.
Zebrafish Core Facility People
Dr. Gülçin Çakan Akdogan……Core Facility Manager
Gülcin is the manager of iBG Zebrafish Facility. She studied Molecular Biology and Genetics at Bilkent University in Ankara. Then she moved to Heidelberg for her PhD and postdoc. As a predoctoral fellow, she studied cell migration and tissue morphogenesis using zebrafish lateral line as a model, in the lab of Darren Gilmour at EMBL. During her postdoc Gülcin studied cell signaling in Drosophila melanogaster in the lab of Aurelio Teleman at DKFZ. Gülcin is mother of two daughters and she is passionate about nature and education.
Meryem Özaydın………………………..Zebrafish Caregiver
Meryem is the caregiver of our zebrafish facility. After working at various jobs such as cleaning and trade for 17 years, she has recently joined the zebrafish facility team as caregiver. Meryem impressed us all with her curiosity and talent in a very short time. Currently she takes care of the fish, cleans the aquarium systems, helps us with fish setups and transgenic screens. Meryem was not allowed to attend school when she was a child. Nevertheless, she managed to receive education and obtained primary and secondary school diplomas. She continues her high school education with a distant education program. Meanwhile, she decided to learn English 🙂