The broad goal of our research is to understand the molecular mechanisms that control posture. Specifically, we study the most prevalent postural deformity, idiopathic scoliosis, to reveal the genetic and cellular physiology of postural control. Our group uses two species of laboratory fish (the guppy and the medaka) that have naturally occurring (not induced) mutations causing abnormal spinal curvature that is similar to idiopathic scoliosis in humans.


Kristen Fay Gorman, PhD
Assistant Professor
California State University, Chico

Office phone 530-898-5539
Office Holt 252
Molecular/cellular lab Holt 259
Aquatic facility/fish lab Holt 263


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Scoliosis Research Society
CSUPERB, California State University