October 27, 2023 – Speaker: Jason Den Haese

• Presentation:

Breeding, Growth, and Survival of Fry in the Armored Catfish Families: Loricariidae and Callichthyidae, an Update from Jason Den Haese’s Fish Research and Conservation Lab at D’Youville University.

• Speaker:

Professor Jason Den Haese Sr.,
Clinical Associate Professor of Biology,
Dept. of Natural Sciences and Mathematics,
D’Youville University

• Presentation highlights:

  • Introduction to Den Haese Fish Research Lab at D’Youville University
  • Update on current research
  • Importance of Scientists and Hobbyists working together
Jason Den Haese Oct. talk

• Biography:

I have a strong and diverse research background acquired from experience in industry, clinical, and academic settings. In industry, I served as the director of gene cloning and research at IMMCO Diagnostics Company where I used my training in molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, and biochemistry to produce 2 new products for diagnosing autoimmune disease in patients in just under 3 years. In a clinical research setting, I spent 13 years working at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCCC), focusing on cancer prevention and leukemia. At D’Youville University in 2020, I started my research program with fish from the armored catfish families of the Amazon River Basin of South America focusing on the breeding, growth, and survival of fry. My passion for this new research is only rivaled by my passion for teaching and service to others. I am particularly passionate about mentoring and giving back to those in need. When I am not at work, I spend time with my wife Charlene, and seven children.

• Halloween Costume Contest (Aquatic Theme)

Adult prizes of a $100 gift card for 1st , $75 gift card for 2nd , and $50 for 3rd. All children who wear a costume will be awarded $10

Meeting Location:

Crafton Volunteer Fire Department
8 Stotz Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Doors open at 6:30 PM; meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Turn in your BAP/AHAP

Breeders Award Program (BAP) and Aquatic Horticulture Awards Program (AHAP) will be accepted.


Support your club and potentially win prizes donated by our sponsors. Support our sponsors by visiting their web pages listed on this web site.

50/50 to help cover cost of event venue

50% of the winnings go to a participant, 50% goes to club to help pay rent for facilities.


There will be a mini-auction. Sellers will receive 70% of sales. 30% goes to club to help pay for expenses and supplies.


There will be plenty of time to mingle with members and guests throughout the evening.