CNBC logo


Zeringue, Henry

[Picture of Henry Zeringue] Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh

Phone: (412) 383-5830
Fax: (412) 383-6944

Lab Website:

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison


Research Interests


The majority of research in our lab focuses around biological questions in the cognitive and visual areas of the brain. We explore the underlying basis of synaptic development and network dynamics using primary neurons cultured in vitro. For this exploration, we develop and utilize microfluidic and microelectronic techniques. Microfluidics is the science and technology of fluids in small (<100 um) diameter channels. There are a number of phenomena that dominate at the microscale, which change the way fluids interact when compared to the larger scales we are more familiar with. Our laboratory primarily uses the rapid exchange of environmental conditions and the formation of gradients in our studies of neurobiology. With these techniques, we are able to define and quickly change the chemical and pharmacological environment a cell or a region of the culture might be seeing. We use pharmacological gradients to coax neurons into growing their processing in specific directions. While this research is capable of generating significant data on its own, we are also researching ways to combine microfluidics with the planar multi-electrode arrays used in our laboratory. An experimental setup capable of observing and controlling the electrical environment of the neuron culture as well as spatiotemporally controlling the chemical and pharmacological environment will yield an extremely powerful platform from which to study neurobiology.


Recent Publications

  • Zeringue HC, Wheeler MB, Beebe DJ: A Microfluidic Method for Removal of the Zona Pellucida from Mammalian Embryos. Lab Chip 5(1): 108-110, 2005. Included in RSC Chemical Biology Virtual Journal.


  • Zeringue HC, Constantine-Paton M: Post Transcriptional Gene Silencing in Neurons. Curr Opin Neurobiol 14(5): 654-659, 2004.

  • Zeringue HC, Rutledge JJ, Beebe DJ: Early Mammalian Embryo Development Depends on Cumulus Removal Technique. Lab Chip 5(1): 86-90, 2004.
  • Walker GM, Zeringue HC and Beebe DJ: Microenvironment design considerations for cellular scale studies. Lab Chip 4(2): 91-97, 2004. (issue cover image)
  • Beebe DJ, Wheeler M, Zeringue HC, Walters E, Raty S: Microfluidic technology for assisted reproduction. Theriogenology 57(1): 125-135, 2002.
  • Zeringue HC, Beebe DJ, Wheeler MB: Removal of cumulus from mammalian zygotes using micro fluidic techniques. Biomed Microdevices 3(3): 219-224, 2001.