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Felisa Rey Eiras

Felisa Rey Eiras

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • 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

Current Research Interests

- Role of lipids during the process of endosymbiosis in sacoglossan sea slugs

- Lipids in photosinthetic organisms

- Maternal effects in marine invertebrates

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 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. 

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

2002 Degree in Marine Science, University of Vigo 

Scientific Supervision

In progress
  • Project Student - Biotechnology Degree (Co-supervisor): Davide Bosi (not a CESAM member)


In progress
  • 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
  • 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


WoS Papers (10)
Rey F., Neto G.M.S., Rosa R., Queiroga H., Calado R. (2015) Laboratory trials reveal that exposure to extreme raining events prior to metamorphosis affect the post-settlement performance of an estuarine crab. In: Estuarine Coastal And Shelf Science. 154, 179-183.
Arenas F., Rey F., Pinto I.S. (2009) Diversity effects beyond species richness: evidence from intertidal macroalgal assemblages. In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. 381, 99-108.
Ricardo F., Pimentel T., Moreira A.S.P., Rey F., Coimbra M.A., Domingues M.R., Domingues P., Leal M.C., Calado R. (2015) Potential use of fatty acid profiles of the adductor muscle of cockles (Cerastoderma edule) for traceability of collection site. In: Scientific Reports. 5,
Rey F., Alves E., Melo T., Domingues P., Queiroga H., Rosa R., Domingues M.R.M., Calado R. (2015) Unravelling polar lipids dynamics during embryonic development of two sympatric brachyuran crabs (Carcinus maenas and Necora puber) using lipidomics. In: Scientific Reports. 5,
Rey F., Moreira A.S.P., Ricardo F., Coimbra M.A., Domingues M.R.M., Domingues P., Rosa R., Queiroga H., Calado R. (2016) Fatty Acids of Densely Packed Embryos of Carcinus maenas Reveal Homogeneous Maternal Provisioning and No Within-Brood Variation at Hatching. In: Biological Bulletin. 230, 2, 120-129.
Rey F., Neto G.M.S., Brandao C., Ramos D., Silva B., Rosa R., Queiroga H., Calado R. (2016) Contrasting oceanographic conditions during larval development influence the benthic performance of a marine invertebrate with a bi-phasic life cycle. In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. 546, 135-146.
Alves E., Melo T., Rey F., Moreira A.S.F., Domingues P., Domingues M.R. (2016) Polar lipid profiling of olive oils as a useful tool in helping to decipher their unique fingerprint. In: Lwt-food Science And Technology. 74, 371-377.
Rey F., Domingues M.R.M., Domingues P., Rosa R., Orgaz M.D.M., Queiroga H., Calado R. (2017) Effect of Maternal Size, Reproductive Season and Interannual Variability in Offspring Provisioning of Carcinus maenas in a Coastal Lagoon. In: Estuaries And Coasts. 40, 6, 1732-1743.
Rey F., da Costa E., Campos A.M., Cartaxana P., Maciel E., Domingues P., Domingues M.R.M., Calado R., Cruz S. (2017) Kleptoplasty does not promote major shifts in the lipidome of macroalgal chloroplasts sequestered by the sacoglossan sea slug Elysia viridis. In: Scientific Reports. 7,
Alves E., Rey F., da Costa E., Moreira A.S.P., Pato L., Pato L., Domingues M.D.M., Domingues P. (2018) Olive (Olea europaea L. cv. Galega vulgar) Seed Oil: A First Insight into the Major Lipid Composition of a Promising Agro-Industrial By-Product at Two Ripeness Stages. In: European Journal Of Lipid Science And Technology. 120, 4,
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Thesis (2)
Felisa Rey (2016) Maternal effects and settlement performance of the green crab Carcinus maenas. In:
Felisa Rey (2016) Maternal effects and settlement performance of the green crab Carcinus maenas. In:
Communications (4)
Felisa Rey, Ana S. P. Moreira, Fernando Ricardo, Manuel A. Coimbra, M. Rosário M. Domíngues, Pedro Domíngues, Rui Rosa, Henrique Queiroga, Ricardo Calado Fatty acids of highly packed Carcinus maenas embryos reveal homogenous maternal investment and no within-brood variation during incubation. In:
Rey, F, Silva Neto, G.M., Brandão, C., Ramos, D., Silva, B., Rosa, R., Queiroga, H., Calado, R. Benthic juveniles of an estuarine invertebrate display contrasting performances over four consecutive supply events of pelagic larvae. In:
Alves E, Melo T, Rey F, Moreira ASP, Domingues P, Domingues MRM Lipidomics of olive oil: In the pursuit of finding new bioactive lipid components. In:
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