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Gaspard Montandon, PhD


Phone: 416-864-5924

Gaspard Montandon is the director of flow and a scientist at Unity Health Toronto. His expertise covers neuroscience, respiratory physiology, opioid research, and zebrafish drug discovery


Yara Zayed, PhD


Phone: 416-864-6060 x 77664

Yara Zayed is the research manager of flow. Her expertise includes gene editing, molecule biology, and zebrafish maintenance and care. 

Antonio Mauro, MSc


Phone: 416-864-6060 x 77664

Carolina Scarpellini, PhD


Phone: 416-864-6060 x 77664

Antonia Mauro is a research technician with expertise in drug discovery and cardiovascular diseases. 

Carolina Scarpellini is a research technician expert in animal physiology and neuroscience. 

Sonia Aksamit, MSc


Phone: 416-864-6060 x 77664

Sonia Aksamit is a research technician at flow. Her expertise covers zebrafish and molecular genetics and she studied the molecular mechanisms of idiopathic scoliosis using zebrafish. 

Publications from team members:

- Respiratory depression and analgesia by opioid drugs in freely-behaving larval zebrafish. Zaig S, Scarpellini C,    Montandon G. eLife. 2021.

- Nodal regulates ovarian functions in zebrafish. Zayed Y, Malik R, Qi X, Peng C. Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2020. 

- Identification of Novel MicroRNAs and Characterization of MicroRNA Expression Profiles in Zebrafish Ovarian

  Follicular Cells. Zayed Y, Qi X, Peng C. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2019.

- Overview of MicroRNA Biogenesis, Mechanisms of Actions, and Circulation. O'Brien J, Hayder H, Zayed Y, Peng C. 

  Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2018 Aug 3;9:402.

- Development of a zebrafish sepsis model for high-throughput drug discovery. Philip AM, Wang Y, Mauro A, El-Rass S,

  Marshall JC, Lee WL, Slutsky AS, dosSantos CC, Wen XY. Mol Med. 2017.

- Protocol development for discovery of angiogenesis inhibitors via automated methods using zebrafish. Mauro A, Ng R,

  Li JY, Guan R, Wang Y, Singh KK, Wen XY. PLOS One. 2017.

- Disruption of pdgfra alters endocardial and myocardial fusion during zebrafish cardiac assembly. El-Rass S, Eisa-Beygi

  S, Khong E, Brand-Arzamendi K, Mauro A, Zhang H, Clark KJ, Ekker SC, Wen XY. Biology Open. 2017. 

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