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The group’s research aim is the application of molecular and cellular methods to basic studies of mollusc diseases, as well as the use of fundamental research to improve marine aquaculture sustainability & performance.

Our research proposal merges together a set of genetic & epigenetic tools together with microscopy & molecular biology to identify the agents causing the diseases, analyse the host-pathogen interactions and the activation & modulation of defence and resistance processes.

We try to understand the role of gene differential expression and its connection to the origin of the disease; advancing towards a more individualised management of the illness.

In addition, we aim at transfering our knowledge, technology & data allowing for an easy application of our findings in basic research; and increasing the impact of the investments made in our research group through applied research.



To reach our objectives, the Marine Molecular Pathobiology research group develops its work through 2 main research lines:

  • Early development | Studying the genetic & molecular processes related to the early development of mollusc species with potential for aquaculture (Cephallopoda sp.).
  • Regulatory mechanisms | Immune system genetic, environmental & nutritional regulatory processes: host-pathogen relation, resistance-survival, etc.)


Thanks to our work, we have the capacity of undertaking the following tasks and we are open to new collaborations with other interested groups & entities:

  • Basic studies on molluscs early development & diseases by applying molecular and cellular methods.
  • Transcriptome & population genetics studies by applying bioinformatics technology.


Our work goes way beyond our research lines. In our group we have other interests, always focused on better undertanding mollusc diseases & improving aquaculture:

  • Cephalopods mucus and ink protein characterisation; looking for new bioactive compounds.
  • Assessment of cephalopods tissue regeneration and its relationship with own vs strange recognition in tissue grafts.



Camino Gestal Mateo







Tel.: +34 986 231930 ext. 860291

Sonia Dios Vidal







Tel.: +34 986 231930 ext. 860289

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