Fishing for Clues: What Zebrafish Can Tell Us About Human Skin Color

When: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $9.00* advance tickets,
$10.00** suggested cover at the door.

Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

The world is a colorful place, and pigments are responsible for coloring everything in nature…from the needles of evergreen trees to your pet’s fur to the skin and eyes of your loved ones. Melanin, the black pigment found in humans, generates eye, hair and skin color, but we do not completely understand how it works. With a better understanding of the biology of melanin, is it possible to modify the amount made to protect ourselves from the sun? Can we find new treatments for pigment cell diseases such as melanoma and albinism?

At this Science on Tap, Cynthia Cooper, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics at WSU Vancouver, will describe the complexity and beauty of pigment, the hard work it does in your skin, and how using zebrafish as a model can help us better understand how pigment develops and functions in humans.

Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with  Campus Sig-Horz Vancouver