Steve Perry - Research

Fish inhabit unstable and remarkably diverse and challenging environments.  The ongoing research in my lab focuses on how fish respond (short-term) or adapt (long-term) to changing and often extreme environments that might range from anoxia (absence of oxygen) to hyperoxia (unusually elevated levels of oxygen). My basic approach is to integrate techniques from molecular biology, cell physiology and classical whole animal physiology to appreciate the intricate mechanisms that allow fish to inhabit such diverse environments.  Areas of particular interest include cardiorespiratory physiology, acid-base balance, stress physiology, ionic regulation and renal function. Fish species being studied include rainbow trout, zebrafish, goldfish, African lungfish and dogfish sharks.