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Dr. Jeff Essner

Dr. Jeff Essner

  • Professor
  • Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology
  • Teaches: BIOL 212, 423L
My laboratory uses the model system zebrafish to understand the mechanisms that guide cancer progression. A major focus in my group is determining how angiogenesis, the formation of blood vessels from pre-existing blood vessels, proceeds during tumor development and contributes to metastasis. For this, we use cutting-edge genome editing techniques for gene modification.

Contact Info

3007 Advanced Teaching and Research Building
2213 Pammel Drive


  • B.S. Biology, University of Iowa, 1987
  • Ph.D. Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics, University of Minnesota, 1996