The University of Pittsburgh houses one of the largest zebrafish facilities in the world. Over 11,000 tanks are located within the 5th floor of BST3. This state of the art aquarium, was designed by UPitt and Aquaneering Inc. Designed as two systems operating side-by-side, the facility can support up to half a million adult zebrafish in one 4600 sq ft room. The tanks are self-cleaning and approximately 40,000 liters of water is continuously monitored to ensure quality.
The facility will provide ample space for multiple independent large- scale research projects to run simultaneously. The system was fully operational in July 2006 and currently supports researchers from several departments and disciplines at the University. Members from the Department of Developmental Biology are using the zebrafish to understand how organs such as the liver, kidney and heart develop in the embryo.
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