The Moens lab is broadly interested in how genes control the cell-cell interactions that underlie the development and regeneration of neural circuits in the complex 4-dimensional environment of the embryonic brain. Specifically, we seek to understand mechanisms of neural topographic map formation in the context of the vagus nerve, which is the main route of neuronal communication between the visceral organs and the brain, as well as other axon guidance events. For these studies we use the transparent zebrafish embryo, which is exquisitely accessible both to genetic manipulation and to high-resolution imaging of single neurons, their growing axons, and their activity in vivo
Cecilia Moens is a Member in the Division of Basic Science at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Cecilia received her B.Sc. in Biology from York University (Toronto, Canada) in 1987 and her Ph.D. in Medical and Molecular Genetics from the University of Toronto in 1993. She did her post-doctoral training with Charles Kimmel in the Institute of Neuroscience at the University of Oregon and joined the faculty at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in 1998.