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Competences: Department of Biotechnologies and Molecular Sciences (DBSM) is part of the University of Insubria (USI), a public High Education institution. DBSM incorporates a number of Research Units, including Animal Biotechnology and Aquaculture. This unit has a consistant expertise in fish physiology, nutrition, immunology, with a functional genomic and proteomic approach, the ultimate interests being oriented toward fish growth, quality and welfare. Studies on nanotechnologies and biotechnologies are in progress at DBSM as well.

Material resources: Beside basic facilities, USI/DBSM includes instrumentations for functional genomics, as PCRs, real time RT-PCR, proteomics, TEM and SEM electronic microscopy, Mass spectrometry and NMR. A pilot water recirculation marine fish farm, with a biomass capacity up to 400 kg, is included. Agreements are shared with a number of freshwater and marine fish farms, for research and aquaculture teaching purposes.

Role: USI will lead Task 1.2 in WP1, and will contribute in tasks in WPs 2 and 4. Especially in the areas of nutrient transport, transcriptomic of fish innate immunity and nutritional welfare markers after long time feeding specific diets, larval development, post mortem quality.

Staff member’s profile:

  • Prof. Marco Saroglia, full professor of Aquaculture, head of the Animal Biotechnology and Aquaculture Unit, has gained worldwide recognition for investigating in Mediterranean aquaculture, in particular on seabass and sea bream reproduction, improvement of environmental conditions at the farm site, optimisation of pure oxygen applications, voluntary feed intake by fish, assessment of fish welfare conditions.
  • Dr. Genciana Terova, PhD, scientist, lecturer on Animal Biotechnology and on Animal nutrition, she is well known for her studies on functional genomics and proteomics applied to aquaculture, compensatory growth, innate immunitary response.
  • Prof. Giovanni Bernardini, PhD, Head of the Cellular Biology Unit, he acquired special expertise in molecular cellular biology and physiology, fish brain neurotrophic factors, embriology, embriotoxicity, nanotechnologies.
  • Dr. Simona Rimoldi, PhD, post-doc scientist, special skills in Biology of Evolution and Development. Expertise on functional genomics in fish, real-time PCR, bi-dimensional electrophoresis, HPLC, liquid chromatography, “in situ” hybridisation.
  • Dr. Elena Preziosa, PhD, post-doc scientist, special skill on molecular markers of fish welfare and nutritional welfare.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 288925. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.