Schoppik Lab

Balance is key

We study the development, function, and dysfunction of the vestibular system.


Ehrlich DE, Schoppik D. A novel mechanism for volitional locomotion in larval zebrafish. biorRxiv 2017.
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Research Articles

Ehrlich DE, Schoppik D. A primal role for the vestibular sense in the development of coordinated locomotion. eLife (accepted) 2019.
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Ehrlich DE, Schoppik D. Control of Movement Initiation Underlies the Development of Balance. Current Biology 2017.
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Schoppik D, Bianco IH, Prober DA, Douglass AD, Robson DN, Li JMB, Greenwood JSF, Soucy E, Engert F, Schier AF. Gaze-stabilizing central vestibular neurons project asymmetrically to extraocular motoneuron pools. Journal of Neuroscience 2017.
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Greaney MR, Privorotskiy AE, D’Elia KP, Schoppik D. Extraocular motoneuron pools develop along a dorsoventral axis in zebrafish, Danio rerio. Journal of Comparative Neurology 2016.
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Bianco, I, Leung-Hang M, Schoppik D, Robson DN, Orger MB, Beck JC, Li JMB, Schier AF, Engert F, Baker R. The Tangential Nucleus Controls a Gravito-inertial Vestibulo-ocular Reflex. Current Biology 2012.
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Schoppik D, Nagel KI, Lisberger SG. Cortical Mechanisms of Smooth Eye Movements Revealed by Dynamic Covariations of Neural and Behavioral Responses, Neuron 2008.
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Schoppik D, Lisberger SG. Saccades exert spatial control of motion processing for smooth pursuit eye movements. Journal of Neuroscience 2006.
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Reviews & Highlights

Ehrlich DE, Schoppik D. Balance Sense: Response Motifs that Pervade the Brain. Current Biology 2018 // Article // PDF

Hamling KR, Schoppik D. Sensory Gating: Cellular Substrates of Surprise. Current Biology 2018 // Article // PDF

Bagnall MW, Schoppik D. Development of Vestibular Behaviors In Zebrafish. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 2018 // Article // PDF


Ma M, Ramirez AD, Wang T, Roberts RL, Harmon KE, Schoppik D, Sharma A, Kuang C, Goei SL, Gagnon JA, Zimmerman S, Tsai SQ, Reyon D, Joung JK, Aksay ERF, Schier AF, Pan YA. Zebrafish Dscaml1 is Essential for Retinal Patterning and Function of Oculomotor Subcircuits. biorXiv 2019. Article // PDF

Suver MP, Matheson AMM, Sarkar M, Damiata M, Schoppik D, Nagel KI. Encoding of wind direction by central neurons in Drosophila. Neuron 2019. Article // PDF

Jung H, Baek M, D’Elia KP, Boisvert C, Currie PD, Tay BH, Venkatesh B, Brown SM, Heguy A, Schoppik D, Dasen JS. The ancient origins of neural substrates for land walking. Cell 2018. Article // PDF

Freifeld L, Odstrci Il, Förster D, Ramirez A, Gagnon JA, Randlett O, Costa EK, Asano S, Celiker OT, Gao R, Martin-Alarcon DA, Reginato P, Dick C, Chen L, Schoppik D, Engert F, Baier H, Boyden ES. Expansion microscopy of zebrafish for neuroscience and developmental biology studies. PNAS 2017. Article // PDF

Pantoja C, Hoagland A, Carroll E, Schoppik D, Isacoff EY. Measuring Behavioral Individuality in the Acoustic Startle Behavior in Zebrafish. Bio-protocol 2017. Article // PDF

Shen SG, Chen F, Schoppik D, Checkley J. Otolith size and the vestibulo-ocular reflex of larvae of white seabass Atractoscion nobilis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 2016. Article // PDF

Lacoste AMB, Schoppik D, Robson DN, Haesemeyer M, Portugues R, Li JM, Randlett O, Wee CL, Engert F, Schier AF. A convergent and essential interneuron pathway for Mauthner-cell-mediated escapes. Current Biology 2015. Article // PDF

Randlett O, Wee CL, Naumann EA, Nnaemeka O, Schoppik D, Fitzgerald JE, Portugues R, Lacoste AMB, Riegler C, Engert F, Schier AF. Whole-brain activity mapping onto a zebrafish brain atlas. Nature Methods 2015. Article // PDF

Woods IG, Schoppik D, Shi VJ, Zimmerman S, Coleman HA, Greenwood J, Soucy ER, Schier AF. Neuropeptidergic signaling partitions arousal behaviors in zebrafish. Journal of Neuroscience 2014. Article // PDF

Pan YA, Freundlich T, Weissman TA, Schoppik D, Wang XC, Zimmerman S, Ciruna B, Sanes JR, Lichtman JW, Schier AF. Zebrabow: multispectral cell labeling for cell tracing and lineage analysis in zebrafish. Development 2013. Article // PDF

Levitz J, Pantoja C, Gaub B, Janovjak H, Reiner A, Hoagland A, Schoppik D, Kane B, Stawski P, Schier AF, Trauner D, Isacoff EY. Optical control of metabotropic glutamate receptors. Nature Neuroscience 2013. Article // PDF

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