With a pioneering approach and a generous spirit, Streisinger created a legacy that endures

Researchers around the world are the beneficiaries of decades of research on the zebrafish that began at the University of Oregon and continues to this day. George Streisinger, a faculty member in biology and a member of the Institute of Molecular Biology, introduced zebrafish as a model organism for the study of vertebrate development and genetics in the early 1970s. His commitment to using molecular principles to study the genetics and development of vertebrates set the stage for many of the University of Oregon’s most important contributions to developmental biology. His methods and insights continue to inspire scientists, and the use of the zebrafish in research has spread to developmental and genetics labs in more than thirty countries.