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Dr. Elizabeth Sandquist


Postdoctoral Fellow at Iowa State University
Ph.D. at the University of North Dakota
B.S. at the University of North Dakota


Contact Information

Phone: 801-626-6139
Office Location: 
Tracy Hall Science Center (TY)
Room 406

Teaching Philosophy & Focus

My teaching focuses on the areas of cell biology, neuroscience and stem cell biology. I enjoy teaching because it allows me to share my passion for science— particularly the brain. I find great satisfaction in sharing with students the life-changing discoveries made by scientists. As a teacher, I hope to provide students the best pathways to achieve their goals, which will far exceed what we could hope of today.

Courses Taught

ZOOL 3200 - Cell Biology
ZOOL 3200L - Cell Biology Lab
ZOOL 1110L - Principles of Zoology I Lab

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Research Areas of Interest

My interests are focused on the area of neuroscience and stem cell research, with an emphasis on the role of the cellular environment. I have performed research using cell culture, mice and zebrafish models. My long-term research objective is to explore how the environment affects repair of the brain and eye. This knowledge will aid in the development of novel stem cell therapies for the treatment of diseases such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

I investigate neural repair using zebrafish. Zebrafish have the capacity to regenerate following injury, while neural repair is quite limited in mammals. One of the greatest challenges to stem cell therapies is the proper integration of transplanted cells. With the use of transgenic zebrafish, I hope to characterize changes in the microenvironment that promote the migration and survival of neural stem cells in zebrafish for the application of stem cell transplantation therapies in humans.

I highly encourage the involvement of undergraduates in research. Students in my lab learn immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, fluorescent microscopy, CRISPR-mediated genome editing and zebrafish husbandry. They also gain valuable skills in scientific literacy, experiment design and science communication.

Research Application







-Students from the lab presenting their research at the Utah Conference for Undergraduate Research in 2019. (Pictured from left to right: Kelton Friedel, Justin Morales, Patrick Garrett, Connor Stocks and Jesus Saavedra)-

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Office hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Mailing address

Weber State University
Department of Zoology
1415 Edvalson St., Dept. 2505
Ogden, UT 84408-2505

Building location

Tracy Hall Science Center (TY)
Room 402, Mail Code 2505

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