Lara D. Hutson


Lara D. Hutson.

Lara D. Hutson


Lara D. Hutson


Clinical Associate Professor,
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Research Interests

Undergraduate STEM education, Cell Biology

Contact Information

317 Cooke Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-4958


  • BS, University of California, San Diego
  • PhD, University of Washington
  • Postdoctoral Research, University of Utah

Courses Taught

  • BIO 200 – Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 201 – Cell Biology (Course Coordinator) 
  • BIO 205 – Biochemistry
  • BIO 425/525 – Special Topics: Genetics and Development of Zebrafish

Selected Publications


  • Wang Y, Hutson LD, Chen Y, Guan G. (2015) Identification and analysis of a novel bmp4 enhancer in Fugu genome. Arch Oral Biol. 60(4):540-5.
  • Lahvic, JL, Ji, Y, Zuflacht, JP, Springel, MW, Wosen, JE, Davis, L, Hutson, LD, Amack, JD and Marvin, MJ. (2013) Small heat shock proteins are necessary for heart migration and laterality determination in zebrafish. Dev Biol. 384(2):166-80
  • Khan, TM, Benaich, N, Malone, CF, Bernardos, RL, Russell, AR, Downes, GB, Barresi, MJ, and Hutson, LD (2012) Chemotherapy drugs cause axon outgrowth and behavioral defects in larval zebrafish. J. Peripher Nerv Syst. 17(1):76-89.
  • Hutson, LD, Campbell, DS, and Chien, C-B. “Analyzing axon guidance in the zebrafish retinotectal system” in Essential Zebrafish Methods: Cell and Developmental Biology. Ed. Monte Westerfield, Leonard Zon, H. Dietrich III. Academic Press. 2009.
  • Marvin, MJ, O’Rourke, D*, Kurihara T*, Juliano, CJ*, Harrison, KL*, and Hutson, LD (2008) Developmental expression patterns of the zebrafish small heat shock proteins. Dev Dyn. 237(2):454-63.
  • Elicker, KS* and Hutson, LD (2007) Genome-wide analysis and expression profiling of the zebrafish small heat shock proteins. Gene, 403(1-2):60-9.
  • Barresi, MJ, Hutson, LD, Chien, CB, and Karlstrom, RO. (2005) Hedgehog regulated Slit expression determines commissure and glial cell position in the zebrafish forebrain. Development. 132(16):3643-56
  • Miyasaka, N, Sato, Y, Yeo, SY, Hutson, LD, Chien, CB, Okamoto, H, and Yoshihara, Y (2005) Robo2 is required for establishment of a precise glomerular map in the zebrafish olfactory system. Development. 132(6):1283-93.
  • Hutson, LD, Campbell, DS, and Chien, C-B (2004) Analyzing axon guidance in the zebrafish retinotectal system. Methods Cell Biol. 76:13-35. (Invited review)
  • Hutson LD, Jurynec MJ, Yeo SY, Okamoto H, Chien C-B (2003) Two divergent slit1 genes in zebrafish. Dev Dyn. 228(3):358-69.
  • Hutson, LD and Chien, C-B (2002) Wiring the zebrafish: axon guidance and synaptogenesis. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 12(1):87-92. (Invited review)
  • Hutson, LD and Chien, C-B (2002) Pathfinding and error correction by retinal axons: the role of astray/robo2. Neuron. 33(2):205-17.
  • Hutson, LD and Bothwell, M (2001) Expression and function of Xenopus laevis p75(NTR) suggest evolution of developmental regulatory mechanisms. J Neurobiol. 49(2):79-98.


  • Hutson LD, Liang JO, Pickart MA, Pierret C, Tomasciewicz HG (2012) Making a difference: education at the 10th international conference on zebrafish development and genetics. Zebrafish. 9(4):151-4.
  • Hutson LD and Liang JO (2009) Making an Impact: Zebrafish in Education. Zebrafish. 6(2):119-120. (editorial)
  • Ekker SC, Hutson LD, Fields M (2009) The Art and Science of Zebrafish in the Classroom—An Interview with Melanie Fields. Zebrafish. 6(2): 121-126.
  • McKeown KA, Downes GB, Hutson LD (2009) Modular Laboratory Exercises to Analyze the Development of Zebrafish Motor Behavior. Zebrafish. 6(2): 179-185.
  • Barresi MJ, Farber SA, Hutson LD, Hyde DR, Liang JO, Morris JK. (2008) Zebrafish in the Classroom. Zebrafish. 5(3):205-208.