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Giana Bastos Gomes

PhD Candidate

Marine Parasitology Laboratory; Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture, James Cook University

 

Phone: +61 7 4781 5397
Email: giana.bastosgomes@my.jcu.edu.au
Location: building 145-312N

Research Interests

Aquaculture is a significant topic on my research background and activities. I’m curious about understanding how pathogenic diseases affect aquaculture species and the implications of diseases to the aquaculture industry. Early diagnostic of infectious diseases is crucial for a sustainable aquaculture. I’m passionate about new methods to detect pathogens, and genetic molecular approaches are an important part of my research interest.

My PhD research project looks for new tools to manage pathogenic ciliate parasites in fish farm, more specifically in freshwater Asian sea bass (Lates calcarifer).

Biography

I came to Australia 5 years ago, looking for new opportunities. I studied Veterinary Science, and my Master degree (Veterinary science in aquaculture) in the Federal Rural de Pernambuco University, Brazil. Here at James Cook University I worked as a research assistant in many areas, but always with focus in genetics. After the experience of working in genetics and aquaculture, I decided to undertake my PhD degree.

PhD Project

Ecology and transmission dynamics of Chilodonella spp. (Ciliophora) infections; threats to tropical freshwater aquaculture fishes

Supervisors: Dr. Kate S Hutson; Dr. Terrence L. Miller and Prof. Dean R. Jerry

My PhD research project looks for new genetic tools to detect and identify ciliate parasites in fish farm, more specifically using freshwater farmed Asian sea bass (Lates calcarifer) as a model. Understanding the dynamics of ciliate infections and environmental parameters associated with it is an important part of this project. The knowledge generated by this research will help to implement control strategies in fish farms before parasitic outbreaks occur.


Recent Research Projects

2012-2015: JCU and QLD Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Initiative- “Integrated parasite and disease management strategies for finfish aquaculture in tropical north Queensland”

Publications

Abundance of myostatin gene transcripts and their correlation with muscle hypertrophy during the development of barramundi, Lates calcarifer” (2012). In: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology- Part B. 163:101-107.

Functional Morphology of Mouthparts and Digestive System during Larval Development of the Cleaner Shrimp Lysmata amboinensis (de Man, 1888)”. (2011) In: Journal of Morphology. 272:1080–1091.

Wet mount technique excellent for health  monitoring, but not NHPB diagnosis in shrimp”  (2011). In: Global Aquaculture Advocate. 71-73.

Diagnosis of Necrotizing Hepatopancreatitis in  Pacific White Shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, through Wet Mount, Histopathology and PCR Techniques”. (2010). In: Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. 41   (5): 816-822

 

Grants

2014 JCU Graduate Research Award ($2,000)

Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) Network Researcher Exchange, Training and Travel Award ($3,000).

January 2013- Australian Postgraduate Award - JCU scholarship

2012-2015: JCU and QLD Dept. of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Initiative- “Integrated parasite and disease management strategies for finfish aquaculture in tropical north Queensland”


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