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Larissa Patterson

Fogarty Life Science (FLS) 237
(401) 456-9568
(401) 456-8010​​​

Academic Background

Ph.D. University of Washington

Courses Taught

Biology 111: Introductory Biology  (Lecture and Lab)

Biology 221: Genetics (Lab)

Biology 300: Developmental Biology of Animals (Lecture and Lab)

Research Interests

Whether it's the stripes of a tiger or the vibrant colors of poison dart frogs, pigment patterns are among the most striking and diverse animal traits. Using live-cell imaging and mutational analysis, the Patterson Lab seeks to identify genes and cellular behaviors required for stripe formation in larval zebrafish. Undergraduate students with interests in cell biology, genetics or developmental biology are welcome to apply. 


Patterson LB and Parichy DM. 2019. Zebrafish Pigment Pattern Formation: Insights into the Development and Evolution of Adult Form. Annual Review Genetics Dec 3;53:505-530. doi: 10.1146/annurev-genet-112618-043741​

Spiewak, JE, Bain EJ, Liu, J, Kou K, Sturiale SL, Patterson LB, Diba P, Eisen JS, Braasch I, Ganz J, Parichy DM. 2018. Evolution of Endothelin signaling and diversification of adult pigment pattern in Danio fishes. PLoS GeneticsSep 18;14(9):e1007538.

Eom DS, Bain EJ, Patterson LB, Grout ME, Parichy, DM. 2015. Long distance communication by specialized cellular projections during pigment pattern development and evolution. eLife10.7554/eLife.12401.

Patterson LB, Bain EJ, Parichy DM. 2014. Pigment cell interactions and differential xanthophore recruitment underlie zebrafish stripe reiteration and Daniopattern diversification. Nature Communications5:ncomms6299.​

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