Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas

CSIC is an abbreviation of “Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas”.The research unit “Pathology of marine organisms” is part of the Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (CSIC), and under the responsibility of Beatriz Novoa and Antonio Figueras. The research group is composed of 7 scientists, and 2 technicians with highlycomplementary skills and research interests (pathology, microbiology andmolecular biology). This team works in the diagnosis of bivalve molluscs and fin-fish diseases and the interaction of pathogens with the host immune system. In the last years, the application of genomic tools such as suppression subtraction hybridisation (SSH), cDNA libraries, microarrays, etc, has been introduced into the research. The team has focused on studying of the molecular bases of immune responses in fish and shellfish. Its laboratory is well equipped to perform research in marine biology, pathology, immunology and molecular biology while other facilities available at the Institute include a library, computer facilities and laboratories specialized in : virology, molecular biology, microarrays, histopathology, and biochemistry of proteins and nucleic acids. The institute also has thermo-regulated experimental facilities for shellfish and fish and a P2 level of containment suitable for work with genetically modified organisms.

Tasks attributed

CSIC is involved in most of the work packages on focusing on aspects larval (WP3) and seed (WP5) quality related to immunology status as well as the determination of genomic expression at key events such as gamete release (WP2) and metamorphosis (WP4). For the development of microarrays CSIC cooperates with the research team managed by Dr. Luca Bargelloni University of Padova, (Participant 9) from the Department of Public Health, Comparative Pathology and Veterinary Hygiene, University of Padova, Italy, who is currently involved in the development of genomic tools in this species within the Network of Excellence “Marine Genomics Europe”.

Key persons

Antonio Figueras ( email : )
Professor (PhD) of immunology at USC. Antonio Figueras is an international expert on bivalve mollusc pathology (member of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea - Working Group on Pathology and Diseases of Marine Organisms) and member of the subgroup of the Scientific Veterinary Committee "Aquaculture" of the European Union Commission.

Beatriz Novoa
Beatriz Novoa has been involved in all the previous EU research contracts dealing with pathology, and fish and shellfish immunology. Two technicians will be involved in the project in addition to one contractedpost doctoral researcher.

Camino Gesta
Dr Gesta is is a research associate at the IIM-CSIC, "Pathology of Marine Organisms research unit". She obtained her PhD in marine pathology from the University of Vigo, Spain, and has been working for more than 14 years on aspects of marine pathology, aquaculture and immune response (including a European Marie-Curie post-doctoral position in Porto, Portugal, and a Reintegration Grant at the IIM-CSIC, Spain). She has been involved in different international and national research projects on pathology and immune response of molluscs in aquaculture.

Sonia Dios

Sonia Dios is a technician who has wide experience in molecular biology work, specifically in microarray and quantitative PCR. She is our laboratory group manager.

Alejandro Romero

Alejandro Romero is a technician with experience in molecular biology, microarray work, in situ hybridization, histology and microscopy.