Director, CMDB Graduate Program;
Professor, Department of Biology
Research Interests: Real-time imaging of lipid metabolism in live zebrafish; cell and molecular biology of lipids; identification of genes which regulate digestive organ lipid metabolism using biochemical and genetic strategies
In 2002, Farber started a Science Outreach Program (www.bioeyes.org) that utilizes zebrafish to promote science literacy and teach genetics and the experimental process. Its mission is to foster an enthusiasm for science, promote interest for future science careers, and provide opportunities to learn through a hands-on, student-centered approach. One goal of the program is to instill a love for science and science education to all students and teachers regardless of community, income or race. The effort was highlighted in the New York Times in 2008. By these efforts Farber hopes to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities in science. In 2022, BioEYES reached over 165,000 children worldwide. For this effort Dr. Farber was the 2020 recipient of the ASCB Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education.
Fat and cholesterol molecules, also known as lipids, are of the utmost importance to proper cell function, required for cells to produce potent signaling molecules, membrane components, and fuel. Given their necessity, it's not surprising that defects in lipid metabolism underlie many prevalent human diseases—including cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. The Farber Lab seeks to better understand the cell and molecular biology of lipids within digestive organs by exploiting the many unique attributes of zebrafish larvae.
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