Savani Anbalagan, PhD

Zebrafish Developmental Neurobiology


phone: +48 61 829 5905
office: 1.119

Savani received his Masters from SASTRA University in India. He did his PhD research in Prof. Maria Pia Longhese’s group at Univ. of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) on mechanisms protecting telomeres using budding yeast. He was awarded his PhD degree in 2014. After his PhD, he moved to Israel for a post-doctoral fellowship (2013-2019) in Prof. Gil Levkowitz’s group at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel). Using zebrafish as vertebrate model organism, he studied how glial pituicytes promote neurohypophyseal oxytocin content and the neurohypophyseal endothelial decision to form blood-brain barrier (BBB)-less permeable capillaries. At AMU, he established the first zebrafish facility and his group continue to explore the role of glial pituicytes on neurohypophyseal neurovascular morphogenesis.
Finally, adopting an unconventional thinking approach, Savani introduced the terms and concepts of gasocrine signaling, gasoreceptors, and the field of gasocrinology.