Genetics & Marine Biotechnology Laboratory

PhD Scholarships available.
Postdoctoral fellowship available.

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Research Interests

  • Genetics and selective breeding.
  • Genomics and marine biotechnology.
  • Domestication.
  • Disease resistance.
  • Genetics analysis of quantitative traits.

Genetic resources

  • Salmonids: Atlantic salmon, Rainbow trout and Coho salmon.
  • Marine fish: Rock cod Eleginops maclovinus.
  • Crustacean: Pacific White Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei),  Brine shrimp, Juan Fernandez`s Spiny Lobster Jasus frontalis.
  • Mollusc: Gastropods muricid Concholepas concholepas and Chorus giganteus, scallops Argopecten purpuratus and Pecten maximus.
  • Plants: Salicornia sp. Sarcocornia neei.

Marine pathogens

  • Sea lice: Caligus rogercresseyi and Lepeophtheirus sp.
  • Bacteries and virus: Piscirickettsia salmonis, Infectious salmon anemia (ISA)

International grants

OCDE CO-OPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAMME. Disease Resistance in Atlantic salmon: Analysis of immune responses to coinfection of the sea lice Caligus rogercresseyi and the bacteria Piscirickettsia salmonis using RNAseq technology (2015).

CYTED Nº 111RT0420. Ibero-american network of genetics and immunology to control pathogens in aquaculture. (2011-2014).

National  grants

FONDECYT. Disease Resistance in Salmonids: Genetic analysis of co-infection of the Sea Lice Caligus rogercresseyi and the bacteria Piscirickettsia salmonis. (2014-2017)

FIC-R. Marine Integrated Aquaculture-Agriculture: Innovation for sustainable development of Valparaíso. (2013-2014). LINK.

INNOVA-CORFO. Nº 07CN13PBT-61. Development of a new methodology for the identification and selection of salmonids genetically resistant to the ectoparasite Caligus rogercresseyi.

INNOVA-CORFO. Nº 206-5047. Business consortium of genetics and biotechnology development for the salmon industry.

University grants

PUCV. Nº 037.472/2013. Generation of a marker-assisted selection related to sex in Atlantic salmon.

PUCV Nº02/2013. Study of patentability “Method for identifying and selecting fish resistant / susceptible to parasites of fish.

PUCV 037.358/2011. Generation of antibodies for detection, quantification and regulation of molecular markers in aquaculture production Systems.

PUCV 037.101/2008. Biotechnology applied to the development of oral vaccines for salmon.

Financial support



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