The Berman laboratory is located at the IWK Health Centre in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Departments of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The laboratory conducts pioneering research using the zebrafish model to study hematopoiesis and oncogenesis. These efforts are unique in Canada. The zebrafish is a robust model for studying blood and cancer development, by virtue of its external embryogenesis, and conserved genetics and cell biology. The zebrafish also has an inherent capacity for high-throughput forward genetic and chemical screens not easily conducted in other model systems.
Our laboratory attracts trainees from a variety of departments including Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Biology, and Surgery. We are well-funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF), Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre. We are active members and participants in local, national and international zebrafish and cancer research organizations including: the Atlantic Zebrafish Users Group (AZUG), Canadian Zebrafish Investigators, International and European Zebrafish Genetics and Development Investigators (Cancer and Immunology), Beatrice Hunter Research Institute, Canadian Cancer Society, Children’s Oncology Group, American Academy of Cancer Research and American Society of Hematology. Please explore our website to see current projects and lab members, prior publications and lab alumni. We welcome trainees at all levels from undergraduate to post-doctoral fellows.