With a PhD degree in Neurosciences, I am interested in the neuroendocrine regulation of the main physiological functions such as reproduction, growth and osmoregulation, and the role that the different environmental factors play in their regulation.
The overall scope of my research interests encompasses the physiology, genetics and development using aquatic organisms as model organisms, mainly zebrafish and medaka, but also aquaculture related species such as Atlantic salmon.
I am particularly interested in specific features that can be applied to medical, environmental or aquaculture programs
Plasticity of the teleost FISH pituitary
Investigation of the molecular and cellular mechanisms allowing the pituitary to change hormone production and secretion along the life cycle of an animal.
NEUROENDOCRINE REGULATION OF SEXUAL MATURATION
Study of the role of the brain in the regulation of pituitary cell activity and plasticity (proliferation and phenotypic conversion).
ROLE OF ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS
Investigation of the effects of environmental factors on reproductive physiology, and identification of the anatomical pathway involved in their integration.
Grants, Awards and prices
I am working at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in the laboratory of Prof Finn-Arne Weltzien. His lab is well equiped with a big fish facility and many important equipments such as in situ hybridization robots, advance fluorescent microscopes, and a setup for patch clamp and laser uncaging. Through NMBU, the lab has also access to other advance equipments such as confoncal microscopes.
The lab is currently composed by several researchers, post doc, PhD students and one engineer, all coming from different countries.