Forging sustainability

Biochemistry & Physiology Laboratory (BcP)


Organisms have evolved unique strategies to cope with environmental challenges that affect their growth and survival. These range from morphological and physiological changes to biochemical alterations at the cellular level. The BcP Lab uses distinct species, including bacteria, freshwater microalgae, marine invertebrates and vertebrates (fish), to investigate how organisms respond to environmental stresses at different biological organization levels. The effects of these constraints are assessed using ecological (e.g. symbiosis, competition), physiological (larval development, respiration and clearance rates, regenerative capacity), biochemical (e.g. oxidative stress markers), and metabolomic (e.g. volatile metabolites) approaches in organisms exposed to single and combined exposures. In particular, we focuse on the effect of metals, contaminants of emerging concern (e.g., nanoparticles, pharmaceuticals, microplastics), phytocompounds and environmental factors related to climate changes (drought, salinity, temperature, pH) on organisms. These approaches may clarify the potential effects of different challenges on organisms as well as the mechanisms organisms may resort to tolerate the environmental conditions prevailing in a near future.


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