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Arminda Suli

Associate Professor
Physiology & Developmental Biology

3048 LSB
Provo, UT 84602

Teaching Interests
PDBIO482, Developmental Biology

Research Interests
Our lab uses the zebrafish model organism to study the mechanisms that oversee proper development and formation of neural circuits. Of particular interest is the development and innervation of mechanosensory hair cells of the lateral line system. Hair cells are specialized sensory cells that mediate hearing and balance in mammals and are additionally used as part of the lateral line system in fish and amphibians to detect prey and predators, to perform rheotaxis etc. A second project in the lab focuses on understanding the development of neurons that receive and coordinate input from multiple sensory systems. Multisensory neurons can be affected in individuals with neurological disorders such as autism, dyslexia etc. Our lab uses optogenetic techniques to study these neurons.


  • PhD, Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah, 2007
  • BS, Microbiology, Brigham Young University, 1999

Academic - Post-Secondary

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington, 2008-2013


  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 2018-Present
  • The Genetics Society of America, 2016-Present
  • Society for Developmental Biology, 2015-Present
  • Society for Neuroscience, 2003-Present

Courses Taught
Winter 2019

  • NEURO 449R: Neuro Research Experience Section 024
  • PDBIO 382: Developmental Biology Section 001, 002
  • PDBIO 495R: Adv Undergraduate Research Section 016
  • PDBIO 550R: Advanced Topics in PDBio Section 017

Fall 2018

  • NEURO 449R: Neuro Research Experience Section 023
  • PDBIO 495R: Adv Undergraduate Research Section 015

Summer 2018

  • PDBIO 495R: Adv Undgraduate Research Section 015

Spring 2018

  • PDBIO 295R: Introductory Undgrad Research Section 015
  • PDBIO 495R: Adv Undgraduate Research Section 015


Journal Articles

Ringer KP, Roth MG, Garey MS, Piorczynski TB, Suli A, Hansen JM, Alder JK. 2018. Comparative analysis of lipid-mediated CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing techniques. 42(7):849-858.

Suli A, Pujol R, Cunningham DE, Hailey DW, Prendergast A, Rubel EW, Raible DW. 2016. Innervation regulates synaptic ribbons in lateral line mechanosensory hair cells. Journal of cell science.

Yoshimatsu T, D'Orazi FD, Gamlin CR, Suzuki SC, Suli A, Kimelman D, Raible DW, Wong RO. 2016. Presynaptic partner selection during retinal circuit reassembly varies with timing of neuronal regeneration in vivo. Nature communications. 7:10590.

Suli A, Guler AD, Raible DW, Kimelman D. 2014. A targeted gene expression system using the tryptophan repressor in zebrafish shows no silencing in subsequent generations. Development. 141(5):1167-74.

McGraw HF, Snelson CD, Prendergast A, Suli A, Raible DW. 2012. Postembryonic neuronal addition in zebrafish dorsal root ganglia is regulated by Notch signaling. Neural development. 7(23).

Suli A, Watson GM, Rubel EW, Raible DW. 2012. Rheotaxis in larval zebrafish is mediated by lateral line mechanosensory hair cells. PloS ONE. 7(2).

Lim AH, Suli A, Yaniv K, Weinstein B, Li DY, Chien C. 2011. Motorneurons are essential for vascular pathfinding. Development. 138(17).

Willardsen MI, Suli A, Pan Y, Marsh-Armstrong N, Chien C, El-Hodiri H, Brown NL, Moore KB, Vetter ML. 2009. Temporal regulation of Ath5 gene expression during eye development. Developmental Biology. 326(2).

Navankasattusas S, Whitehead KJ, Suli A, Sorensen LK, Lim AH, Zhao J, Park KW, Wythe JD, Thomas KR, Chien C, et al. 2008. The Netrin Receptor, UNC5B, Promotes Angiogenesis in Specific Vascular Beds. Development. 135(4).

Suli A, Mortimer N, Mortimer I, Chien C. 2006. Netrin/DCC signaling controls contralateral dendrites of octavolateralis efferent neurons. Journal of Neuroscience. The Journal of Neuroscience. 26(51).

Wilson BD, Li M, Park KW, Suli A, Sorensen LK, Larrieu-Lahargue FF, Urness LD, Suh W, Asai J, Kock GA, et al. 2006. Netrins promote developmental and therapeutic angiogenesis. Science. 313(5787).

Millson A, Suli A, Hartung L, Kunitake S, Bennett A, Nordberg MC, Hanna W, Wittwer CT, Seth A, Lyon E. 2003. Comparison of two quantitative polymerase chain reaction methods for detecting HER2/neu amplification. Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. 5(3).

Book Chapter

Lyon E, Millson A, Suli A. 2001. HER2/neu gene amplification quantified by PCR and melting peak analysis using a single base alteration competitor as an internal standard. , editor. Rapid Cycle Real Time PCR-Methods and Application. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

Book Review

Glenn SJ, Williams C, Daines J, Jensen A, Starley J, Suli A, Kooyman DL. 2017. Zebrafish as a structural model for studying osteoarthritis. S76 p.

Journal Contribution, Nonfiction

Sheffield ID, McGee MA, Glenn SJ, Baek DY, Coleman JM, Dorius BK, Williams C, Rose BJ, Sanchez AE, Goodman MA, et al. 2018. Osteoarthritis-Like Changes in Bardet–Biedl Syndrome Mutant Ciliopathy Mice (Bbs1M390R=M390R): Evidence for a Role of Primary Cilia in Cartilage Homeostasis and Regulation of Inflammation. Frontiers in Physiology.


Glenn SJ, Williams C, Daines J, Jensen A, Starley J, Suli A, Kooyman DL. Zebrafish as a structural model for studying osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Society International Congress. Las Vegas, NV. 2017 .

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