Department of Comparative Medicine

George Sanders

Teaching Professor and Aquatic Animal Program Director

D.V.M., Louisiana State University 1997
M.S., Comparative Medicine, University of Washington 2001

P: 543-4652

About Dr. Sanders

Dr. George E. Sanders received his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.  He earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an NIH-sponsored post-doctoral training program in Laboratory Animal Medicine in the Department of Comparative Medicine (DCM) at University of Washington. After earning his Master’s of Science in Comparative Medicine from the DCM, he joined the faculty, in 2001, half-time as a Senior Fellow and clinical aquatic animal specialist in the position of Associate Attending Veterinarian for Fish and Amphibians.  He was also the Veterinary Medical Officer for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, WA at 50% FTE through 2013. From 2004 – 2014, he was the Aquatic Animal Veterinarian for Marine/Freshwater Fish & Invertebrates at the Seattle Aquarium.

Dr. Sanders is certified as a Fish Pathologist by the American Fisheries Society Fish Health Section and joined DCM full time in 2013 as a Lecturer. Currently, Dr. Sanders is a Teaching Professor and is the Aquatic Animal Program Director for DCM, which provides facility resources, training, instruction, regulatory compliance, and coordinates diagnostics and veterinary care for aquatic research animals in addition to other animal species at the University of Washington.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Introduction” Chapters 2 – 5. Editor of section II – “Biology”. Author of section II – “Biology” Chapter 6 Zebrafish in Biomedical Research: Head and Body: Anatomy, in The Zebrafish in Biomedical Research – Biology, Husbandry, Diseases, and Research Applications. 2020 – 1st Edition. Edited by S.C. Cartner, J.S. Eisen, S.F. Farmer, K. J. Guillemin, M.L. Kent, and G.E. Sanders. Academic Press, Elsevier, San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Brosnan, I.G., W.O. Williams, G.E. Sanders, L.P. McGarry, M.S. Turner, J.R. Nordstrom, H. R. Jones, H.A. Denham, M. Caputo, C.H. Greene. 2018. A Description of a Noninvasive Surgical Training Pathway Using Translational Tools to Teach Intracoelomic Implantation of Acoustic Transmitters in Fish. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. Communication Section. 30:226-232 (Online Version May 29, 2018)
  • Gonzalez, T.J, Y. Lu, M. Boswell, W. Boswell, G. Medrano, S. Walter, S. Ellis, M. Savage, Z. M. Varga, C. Lawrence, G. Sanders, and R.B. Walter. 2017. Fluorescent Light Exposure Incites Acute and Prolonged Immune Responses in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Skin. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C. 2018 June 208:87-95. (Available online 29 September 2017)
  • Wynd, B.M., C.J. Watson, K.P. Patil, G.E. Sanders, R.Y. Kwon. 2017. A Dynamic Anesthesia System for Long-Term Imaging in Adult Zebrafish. Zebrafish. 14 (1) 1-7.
  • Emmenegger, E.L., G.E. Sanders, C.M. Conway, F.P. Binkowski, J.R. Winton, and G. Kurath. Experimental infection of six North American fish species with the North Carolina strain of Spring Viremia of Carp Virus. Journal Aquaculture. 450 (2016) 273-382.