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Dr Luis Afonso
My research in fish physiology and endocrinology has both integrative and comparative aspects, and I am
interested in understanding how the organism works as a whole. My research has focused on how different
stressors, including environmental and aquaculture-related affect the neuroendocrine response to stress
in fish. My research questions are formulated to generate basic knowledge and/or could lead to practical
application in aquaculture and fisheries biology. I also am interested in fish reproductive
endocrinology and sex differentiation, and endocrine disruptors.
CareerSenior Lecturer in Marine Sciences, Deakin University, Australia, 2012-present.
Senior Research Scientist, BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences, Canada, 2009-2012.
Research Officer, National Research Council Canada (NRC), Canada, 2001-2008.
Visiting Scientist in Canadian Government Laboratory, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada, 2000-2001.
Associate Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 1997-2000.
Key publicationsHori, T.S., Gamperl, A.K., Hastings, C.E., Vander Voort, G.E., Robinson, J.A.B., Johnson, S.J., Afonso, L.O.B. (2012) Inter-Individual and -Family Differences in the Cortisol Responsiveness of Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua). Aquaculture 324/325, 165-173.
Karakach, T.K., Huenupi, E., Soo, E.C., Walter, J.A., Afonso, L.O.B. (2009) H NMR and Mass Spectrometric characterization of the metabolic response of juvenile Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) to long term handling stress. Metabolomics 5, 123-137.
Afonso, L.O.B., Hosoya, S., Osborne, J., Gamperl, A. K., Johnson, S.C. (2008) Lack of glucose and hsp70 responses in haddock Melanogrammus aeglefinus (L.) subjected to handling and heat shock. Journal of Fish Biology 72, 157-167.
Iwama, G.K., Afonso, L.O.B., Vijayan, M.M. (2005) Stress in fish. The Physiology of Fishes, 3rd Edition, Evans, D.H. and Claiborne, J.B. (Eds.). CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL., p.320-342.
Afonso, L.O.B., Smith J., Ikonomou, M., Devlin, R.H. (2002) Y-chromosomal DNA markers for discrimination of chemical substance and effluent effects on sexual differentiation in salmon. Environmental Health Perspectives 110, 881-887.
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