The PlanchartLab




Research in the Planchart lab combines high throughput techniques, including proteomics and transcriptomics, to understand how environmental factors affect vertebrate embryonic development. We are focused on identifying genetic modifiers of craniofacial development that can be modulated by changes in the environment during embryogenesis. Specifically, we are interested in discovering regulatory genes that confer phenotypic plasticity, which buffer an organism from changes in its environment that could drastically alter its developmental program if left unchecked. For more information, click the Research link above.



Our model organism is the zebrafish (Danio rerio). You might know it as the Zebra Danio, a small aquarium fish that is easy to keep at home and lives for 1 to 2 years, or more. The advantages of using zebrafish in biomedical research include:


For these and other reasons, zebrafish have become a powerful genetic and developmental model for understanding how we grow, how we interact with our environment, and how we become sick due to genetic deficiencies or harmful exposures.



Post-doctoral fellows interested in our research are encouraged to contact Dr. Planchart directly. Post-baccalaureate students interested in obtaining a Masters or Ph.D. are encouraged to apply directly to one of the following programs: Genetics, Toxicology, Zoology, or Comparative Biomedical Sciences.


Antonio Planchart

Department of Biological Sciences
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7633
Raleigh, NC 27695-7633

Phone: 919.513.2530


Member: Center for Human Health and the Environment


Member: W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology




I have a joint lab with Dr. Carolyn Mattingly - be sure to check out her site, too!



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