The Quantitative Bio-Imaging Lab conducts research in medical and biological image acquisition, reconstruction, processing, and analysis for a broad spectrum of applications, such as cardiology, oncology, and marine biology.
We conduct research on ethology and welfare of aquatic animals. Other activities include developing an open-access database on the welfare of farmed fish, providing consultancy services for fish farms and organizing training actions at scientific and industry levels.
Molecular determinants and regulatory mechanisms (transcription and post transcription regulation, alternative and trans-splicing events, RNA editing, epigenetics) affecting gene expression during onset of skeletogenesis and maintenance of bone and cartilage integrity throughout life.
Development of heterocyclic compounds applicable in medicine, environmental remediation or aquaculture. Investigation of structure, reactivity and activity of compounds obtained from synthesis or natural sources.
The overall research strategy of FBP is driven primarily by the need to translate strong basic science into clinically relevant advances and promoting transfer of technology, based on the integration of high quality multi-disciplinary academic, researcher and clinical activity with a strong focus on translational research.
The main aim of the group is study the role of hormones and their metabolites on physiology and the evolution of the endocrine system, using fish as the principal model together with other key invertebrate and vertebrate models.
We are a team of young researchers using data science to aid biodiversity conservation and management, in line with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our research employs cutting-edge technologies, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big-data computational frameworks, to unravel the underlying mechanisms driving biodiversity and to forecast global distribution patterns, ranging from genes to entire ecosystems, and from past climate fluctuations to future climate change scenarios. Our analyses consider anthropogenic impacts, such as climate change, habitat degradation, overexploitation and the introduction of invasive species. We share our data under the FAIR principle (easy to find, access and reuse) to citizens, managers, and policymakers so that they can make informed decisions on the best strategies for protecting, conserving, and managing biodiversity. We believe our work is crucial for ensuring a sustainable future for both human society and the natural world.
The Marine Biotechnology research group is currently ongoing active research in different fields of microalgal biotechnology, as well as in the exploitation of different marine organisms as sources of novel bioactive compounds.
R2C2 studies the impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation as threats to biodiversity enhanced by climate change and bridging the gap between genetics and sustainable fisheries management with studies of population genetic structure or stock delineation of commercially and/or recreationally important fisheries.
OC2 objective is to provide well-anchored basic and integrated knowledge of the present-day oceanic processes at the regional scale, as well as to investigate their response to past global warm climate conditions.