Adelino V.M. Canario received a Honours degree from the University of Lisbon and a PhD from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK). He is professor of Cell Biology and Reproductive Physiology, Director of the Centre for Marine Sciences and leader of the Comparative Molecular and Integrative Biology group at the University of Algarve, and professor (1000 Scholars) at Shanghai Ocean University. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Foundation for Science and Technology of Portugal, national representative at the EMBRC Implementation Board, Member of coordinating committee for Portuguese Polar Research and national representative at the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR). He is an active scientist with over 230 scientific publications, has been invited speaker in several conferences, a reviewer for national and international funding agencies, and is associate editor of Gene, General Comparative Endocrinology, Aquaculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Fishes, and Heliyon. He has received several awards including the Merit gold medal of the Municipality of Faro (Portugal).
Deborah Mary Power is an Editor-in-Chief of General and Comparative Endocrinology and Associate Editor of 1 Frontiers journal in experimental endocrinology and a board member of the Journal of the Marine Biological Association. In 2012 a Honoris Causa Doctorate was conferred by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and in 2014 a Visiting Professorship by the University of Shanghai, China. In 2015 she was appointed as a Distinguished Visiting Researcher at BRI, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland. Prof Power is a co-leader of the Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Biology (CEIB) group (6 Investigators; 6 Post-docs; 7 PhDs; 4 MSc students) in CCMAR, PT. Research is directed at integrating molecular and cellular homeostatic mechanisms at a whole organisms level in lower vertebrates and invertebrates using a range of tools, including comparative genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics and proteomics together with experimental biology, physiology and morphological approaches with organisms of the marine environment. Applications have been directed at bivalve and fish aquaculture and mechanisms to improve productivity. A specific and emerging research interest is skin as an innate immune barrier in fish and as a model system for biodiscovery (funded by EU project nº 691102). Professor Power has been actively involved in studies of science policy and worked to develop better links between Industry and CCMAR-Algarve, PT through ShareBiotech - Sharing life science infrastructures and skills to benefit the Atlantic area biotechnology sector (Fp7 INTERREG). As a member of the Department of Life Sciences at the Universidade do Algarve, Prof Deborah Power lectures, supervises and mentors students at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. Prof. Power coordinated the successful restructuring of both and is the director of MSc and PhD courses in Biotechnology. Over the past 20 years students from the Universidade do Algarve but also from other European Universities and with a range of science backgrounds have carried out their BSc (~40), MSc (~15) and PhD (~20) research projects in CEIB with Prof Power. The success rate in thesis completion is 98% on time. The recent awarding of a Marie Curie training network further emphasizes her capacity to offer advanced training (2013-2017 CACHE - CAlcium in a CHanging Environment. (Fp7, ITN Nº 605051). Relevant outputs: > 250 International publications
Rute Martins is a member of the Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Biology research group (CEIB) at the Center of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of Algarve (UALG). She started her studies at the UALG where she obtained her BSc degree in Marine Biology and Fisheries (1998), and an MSc degree in Aquaculture (2001). In 2009 she obtained her PhD degree in Aquatic Sciences at the University of Porto and up to early this year she has been a post-doctoral researcher at the CCMAR. Currently, she is an Auxiliary Researcher of the UALG, and develops her line of work at the CCMAR. During her doctoral and postdoctoral training she has focused her research on the reproductive and developmental biology of marine organisms. Within the CCMAR she has been involved in the training and supervision of different undergraduate, masters, PhD students and junior post-doctoral researchers. Focusing her research mostly on the effects of environmental parameters (light and temperature) on the reproductive and developmental biology of species with high value to the European aquaculture economy, she has established different international collaborations and participated in different EU and National funded projects aiming at solving problems reported in aquaculture systems. Within the SUSHIfish COFASP collaborative project, the researcher is focusing on the thermal masculinization of European sea bass populations and on the optimization of current rearing protocols to mitigate and/or solve the problem.
André Andrade studied Marine Biology at the University of Algarve and later received his MSc degree in Marine Biology. In his MSc, he developed research on the reproductive biology of tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus), strengthening his skills on molecular biology. He is a member of the Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Biology (CEIB) research group at the Center of Marine Sciences (CCMAR). For the past 6 years he has been part of the CEIB’s research teams working on the reproduction and endocrine disruption problems of key species for Mediterranean aquacultures. Currently he is part of the CCMAR’s research team working on WP1 and 2 of the SUSHIfish COFASP collaborative project, under the supervisions of Doctors Adelino Canário and Deborah Power. For the past 6 years André Andrade has also been involved in the laboratory work and training of different undergraduate, masters and Phd students.
Ana Patrícia Mateus
Ana Patrícia Mateus is a Professor of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Algarve (UALG) and a research scientist at the Center of Marine Sciences (CCMAR). As a member of the Department of Clinical Analysis and Public Health at the UALG for 9 years, Ana Patrícia lectures, supervises and mentors students of undergraduate levels. She also participates in the coordination of the course, organization of external courses, in the scientific coordination of Health Meetings and in the organization of postgraduate courses (Forensic Medicine and Sciences). Within the CCMAR, she is a member of the Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Biology research group (CEIB) where she has been focusing on the study of the impact of early life temperature on morphological, physiological and molecular outcomes of adult fish. Throughout her PhD Ana Patrícia has developed a great interest in scientific research of the stress response of fish and in the study of the cross-link between cutaneous and neuroendocrine systems. More recently, Ana Patrícia interest has been focused on skin as an innate immune barrier and its interaction with the intestinal barrier.
Liliana Anjos is a scientist with a degree in Biotechnology Engineering (2001) and a PhD in Biology-Molecular biology from the University of Algarve-UALG (2011) and she has 7 years of postdoctoral experience in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Marine Biotechnology. She is an Auxiliary researcher of the University of Algarve and a member of the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR). As a member of the Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Biology group (CEIB), her research interests have been focused on the exploitation of protein biodiversity from marine sources through the application of Biotechnology for Blue Growth, including specialization in development and production of novel marine derived biomolecules/tools combining biotechnological techniques and marine resources that could be of commercial interest/societal benefits. Her expertise is in marine recombinant protein production/purification, structural and functional characterization/elucidation, proteomics and protein bioinformatics analysis. In the context of H2020-INFRADEV EMBRIC-Cluster/EMBRC (EU project) she has been actively engaged in the implementation/development of ProtMar platform (Marine recombinant proteins and biosensors platform) at CCMAR, which gathers together equipment and methodologies for the exploration and production of novel marine proteins. Ongoing participations in EU projects H2020-INFRADEV EMBRIC, COFASP SUSHIFISH, H2020-MSCA-RISE Algae4a&b and H2020-SFS PerformFish are allowing her to increase the links with Industry and applied research. Within the CCMAR, she has presented her research in international conferences, has been involved in teaching activities in the scope of biotechnology/biosciences and also provided advanced training through several thesis projects (BSc/MSc/PhD). She has also been active in outreach activities such as science fairs and also actions directed at industry or the general public. Within the SUSHIFISH project she works on WP5, investigating the impact of High Pressure processing on the proteome of European sea bass fillets using SWATH-quantitative proteomic technology in order to Identify markers for quality and spoilage.
Patrícia I.S. Pinto, got her degree in Biotechnology Engineering and her PhD in Molecular Biology. She has 12 years of postdoctoral experience in Fish Physiology, Comparative Endocrinology and Ecotoxicology, combining in vivo or in vitro experimentation using fish with molecular biology, bioinformatics and several Omics technologies (Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics and Metagenomics). Main research topics focused on integrating hormone functions and mechanisms in fish physiology (mainly in reproduction, mineral homeostasis and immune barrier functions) and the impacts of environmental changes, with applications directed at fish aquaculture and environmental monitoring or protection. Funding of two national projects as PI allowed her to focus on the roles and disruption of the fish estrogen system in the skin and mineralized tissues and on the reproductive roles of the fish galanin system. Ongoing participations in EU projects COFASP SUSHIFISH, H2020-MSCA-RISE Algae4a&b and H2020-SFS PerformFish are allowing her to increase the links with Industry and Applied Research. She is a member of CCMAR CEIB (Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Biology) group. She actively collaborates in teaching activities at the University of Algarve, in the organization of scientific conferences and workshops and in CCMAR activities of science dissemination for schools and the public. Relevant outputs include 30 international publications, two book chapters and one policy report in Education. In the SUSHIFISH project she works on WP5, directed at optimizing fish processing methods to improve fish quality, safety and shelf life and using different Omics technologies to search for novel biomarkers of quality and safety for fish products.
Rita Costa graduated in Marine Biology and Fisheries at the University of Algarve (UALG) in 2005, where later she got her PhD in Biomedical Sciences with studies on the detailed morphological and molecular characterization of sea bream regeneration after a mechanical damage. Rita is a member of the CCMAR and of the Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Biology group (CEIB) working in SUSHIfish collaborative project. Rita has actively participated in several national and European projects addressing the improvement of growth and quality traits in aquaculture species. The involvement in these projects allowed her to establish a network of international collaborators in several countries and have a strong contribution in the co-authorship of several publications in international peer reviewed journals. She has also been actively involved in teaching graduate students from UALG and has supervised the work of different undergraduate, master, PhD and post-doctoral students. Rita is also actively involved in summer training activities for undergraduate students and in outreach activities to the public.