Bryan Crawford




Bailey Hall 31A


Academic interests

  • Development of tissue architecture
  • Extracellular matrix remodeling
  • Cancer biology

Brief biography

Dr. Crawford did his undergraduate degree in genetics at the University of Alberta, then worked for a few years in the computer industry doing software development and network design work. He returned to academia, completing an M.Sc. at the University of Victoria researching gastrulation in sea urchins, and a Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University investigating the interaction of cells with the extracellular matrix during sea urchin development. His primary research interests are in cell-matrix interactions, and how these molecular events give rise to the structure and function of tissues in animals.

Courses taught

  • BIOL3043. Cell Biology
  • BIOL3162. Developmental Biology of Animals
  • BIOL4182. Experimental Embryology

Selected research

Jeffrey, E. J., & Crawford, B. D. (2018). The epitope-mediated MMP activation assay: detection and quantification of the activation of Mmp2 in vivo in the zebrafish embryo. Histochemistry and Cell Biology, 149(3), 277–286.

Wyatt, R. A., Trieu, N. P. V., & Crawford, B. D. (2017). Zebrafish Xenograft: An Evolutionary Experiment in Tumour Biology. Genes, 8(9), 220.

Small, C., & Crawford, B. (2016). Matrix metalloproteinases in neural development: a phylogenetically diverse perspective. Neural Regeneration Research, 11(3), 0–6.

Crawford, B. D., Po, M. D., Saranyan, P. V., Forsberg, D., Schulz, R., & Pilgrim, D. B. (2014). Mmp25β facilitates elongation of sensory neurons during zebrafish development. Genesis, 52(10), 833–848. 

Wyatt, R. A., Keow, J. Y., Harris, N. D., Haché, C. A., Li, D. H., & Crawford, B. D. (2009). The Zebrafish Embryo: A Powerful Model System for Investigating Matrix Remodeling. Zebrafish, 6(4), 347–354.