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Felisa Rey Eiras

Felisa Rey Eiras

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Researcher ID H-9250-2018
  • ORCID 0000-0001-6963-7913
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Marine Biotechnology & Aquaculture
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : H-9250-2018
  • Title: Solar-powered animals – Decoding the functions of chloroplasts in the metabolism of sacoglossan sea slugs Supervisor: Profª Rosário Domingues, Dr. Ricardo Calado, Dr. Sónia Cruz Category: BO Grant type: BPD Funding entity: FCT Grant reference: SFRH/BPD/115347/2016 Start date: 2017-09-01 End date: 2023-08-31

Research interests

- Endosymbiosis process in sacoglossan sea slugs
- Role of lipids in marine invertebrates
- Mixotrophy
- Mass spectrometry
- Maternal effects in marine invertebrates
- Macroalgae

Academic degrees

2016 PhD in Marine Sciences and Environment (Doctoral Program PROMAR) Dpto. Biologia & CESAM, University of Aveiro
2006 Master of Marine Sciences - Marine Resources - Aquaculture, University of Porto, Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar and University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
2006 Certificate of Pedagogic Skills (CAP) - Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)
2002 Degree in Marine Science, University of Vigo (Spain)

Scientific activities

Set 2017 – Present: Post-doctoral researcher at CESAM & QOPNA, University of Aveiro. Solar-powered animals – Decoding the functions of chloroplasts in the metabolism of sacoglossan sea slugs. Funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)
May 2017 – Aug 2017: Post-doctoral research in the project: GENIALG - GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative macro­ALGal Biorefinery, at CESAM & QOPNA, University of Aveiro. Funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020
May 2016 – Jul 2016: Researcher in the project: Molecular and photochemical insights on the retention of functional chloroplasts by metazoan cells, at CESAM, University of Aveiro. Funded by FCT
Set 2015 – Dec 2015: Researcher in lipidomic studies of Carcinus maenas and Necora puder embryos in order to analyse maternal investment and embryonic development using mass spectrometry based approaches at CESAM, University of Aveiro
Jul 2010 – Jan 2016: PhD student in Marine Sciences and the Environment, Doctoral Programme PROMAR – University of Aveiro & University of Porto. Funded by FCT
Oct 2003 – Jun 2006 M.Sc. student in Marine Sciences at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (University of Porto, Portugal) & Aquaculture Research Institute (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
Oct 2007 – Mar 2008: Researcher in the project LIMITS: Population dynamics, geographical distribution and genetic diversity of macroalgal species at their southern distribution limits, at CIIMAR, University of Porto. Funded by FCT



Omics4Algae - Lipidomic tools for chemical phenotyping, traceability and valorisation of seaweeds from aquaculture as a sustainable source of high added-value compounds See more

TraSeafood - Tracing the Geographic Origin of Seafood as a Pathway Towards the Smart Valorization of Endogenous Marine Resources See more

GENIALG - GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative Macro-ALGal biorefinery See more

HULK - Functional Chloroplasts inside Animal cells: cracking the puzzle See more

NO RESET - Metamorphosis does not reset embryonic and larval history. Clarifying the role of offspring provisioning and larval feeding on early post-settlement performance of coastal marine invertebrates See more

Scientific Supervision

Project Student - Biotechnology Degree (Main Supervisor): Davide Bosi (not a CESAM member)

Short CV

Felisa Rey was born in 1979 (O Grove, Spain). She holds a degree in Marine Sciences (University of Vigo, Spain) and MSc in Marine Resources (University of Porto, Portugal & University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain). In 2016, she received her PhD degree in Marine Sciences and the Environment from University of Aveiro wiht the thesis: Maternal effects and settlement performance of the green crab Carcinus maenas. In 2017, she was awarded a Post-Doctoral fellowship from FCT, working on a project to unravel the mechanisms that allow photosynthetic sea slugs to sequester and retain functional plastids inside their cells, using lipidomic mass spectrometry-based analyses. During her professional career she have collaborated in several educational projects in public and private institutions such as Aquarium, town councils and environmental consulting. She acquired expertise in analysis of marine samples using physiological, biochemical, mass spectrometry and lipidomic approaches. Her current research interests include solar-powered animals, mixotrophy, macroalgae and ecology of marine invertebrates. 

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