The Aquatic Biotechnology group (Acuabiotec – FishBioTech Lab) focuses its research activity on functional genomics applied to the development of various aquatic animal species, innovation and optimization of aquaculture systems, animal welfare in aquaculture and the development of new species and aquaculture products.
The fundamental scientific objective of the Acuabiotec-FishBioTech Lab is to apply molecular and cellular approaches to studies of early development and disease on fish as well as the application of basic science to improve yield, performance and sustainability of global marine aquaculture. Research in our lab generally focuses on understanding how the information encoded in the DNA is accurately used by cells to perform the physiological functions that are required during the different phases of the development. The disruption or break down of these regulatory mechanisms is responsible of many developmental abnormalities such as morphological deformities. We aim to reveal the functioning of some of these mechanisms, which, in turn, will help us understand the cause of the associated abnormalities. We use zebrafish (Danio rerio) and turbot (Scopthalmus maximus) as model systems, although we also maintain collaborations for the development of experiments on spotted gar (Lepisosteus oculatus), sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) and the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris)