Fish & Marine Facility

Fish Facility

The MFPL fish facility provides maintenance and stock supply for the research groups working with both zebrafish (Danio rerio) and medakafish (Oryzias latipes). Both fish species have become attractive models for the molecular analysis of vertebrate development and physiology. The current facility is designed to host around 25,000 fish in more than 580 aquariums of different sizes. For chronobiological experiments and the study of light-dependent processes, the facility also provides special shelving systems that can be set to individual light regimes and light of different wavelengths. The MFPL fish facility includes laboratory space and equipment to perform high-throughput microinjections, transplantations or other micromanipulations. The facility organization including breeding and feeding routine is provided by a highly motivated animal care team and supported by the lab members of the Tessmar and Raible groups.

Marine Facility

The Marine Facility at the Max F. Perutz Labs comprises four environmentally controlled culture rooms as well as a salt-water preparation unit. The facility serves to maintain and propagate several marine species. One central organism is the annelid worm Platynereis dumerilii, a model species for evolutionary, developmental and chronobiological research. The facility houses a unique collection of transgenic and highly inbred natural strains. Due to their quality, the MFPL inbred strains have become the major resource for Platynereis genome and transcriptome sequencing. Besides worms, the facility also houses eight strains of marine midges (Clunio marinus), another chronobiological model species. The special equipment of the facility includes fully light-controlled culture racks and a state-of-the-art injection setup for high-throughput microinjection.


MFPL Main Building - Level L

Scientific Supervisors

Florian RAIBLE

Florian Raible Group Leader
florian.raible [AT] [DOT] at
Tel. +43-1-4277-54616


Kristin Teßmar-Raible Group Leader
kristin.tessmar [AT] [DOT] at
Tel. +43-1-4277-74635