Spanish scientist, Pablo Balseiro visits Skidaway Institute

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPablo Balseiro has joined the Frischer lab for a two-month stay this spring. Pablo comes from the Unversity of Bergen (Norway.)

Pablo earned his Ph.D. in marine biology and aquaculture from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). He has been working on several projects about mollusks molecular biology in the Marine Research Institute of Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His Ph.D. focused on the use molecular methods to improve the diagnosis of diseases of mollusks in Galicia (NW Spain).

Pablo was also involved in the European Union projects Imaquanim and Reproseed. His role in the Imaquanim project was to describe the immune response of Mediterranean mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis, and the characterization of expression and function of the antimicrobial peptide Myticin C. The Reproseed project’s main objective was the improvement of seed production of the main bivalve species cultured in Europe, and developing genomic tools for one clam species, Ruditapes decussatus; two mussel species, M. galloprovincialis and Mytilus edulis; and one scallop species, Pecten maximus. Specifically, he used next generation sequencing using 454 and Illumina methodologies and microarray design using Agilent platform.

Currently, Pablo is working in the Institute of Biology of the University of Bergen in close cooperation with the former SkIO researcher, Christofer Troedsson. Their project, TRAPH, traces phytoplankton grazed by mussels – using molecular methods to identify preys and improve modelling. The project is funded by The Research Council of Norway and involves the Institute of Marine Research, the University of Bergen and the UniMiljø, from Norway, as well as the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

“My work in SkIO will cover the use of the Ion Torrent High Throughput Sequencer to explore the trophic interactions between the blue mussel Mytilus edulis and the eukaryotic planktonic biota in Lysefjorden, Norway,” Pablo said. “It will be developed in two phases, one until May and the other in the next fall-winter, so probably you are going to see me here for a while.”

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