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Researcher

Gudrun De Boeck

  • Research interest:Main expertise: Toxicology and ecophysiology of marine and freshwater organisms under changing environmental conditions (due to natural and anthropogenic pressures) with a focus stress physiology, energy metabolism and ionoregulation at different levels of biological organisation: molecular, cellular and organismal. Comparative animal physiology.Techniques:Toxicological tests: bioaccumulation, biomagnification and modes of actionPerformance tests: Swimming capacity and behaviour, challenge testsFuel utilisation: Respiration rates and energy stores, metabolomicsIon homeostasis: Ion and toxicant uptake mechanisms, blood electrolytes and acid-base balanceBiomarkers: Oxidative stress, stress and defensive proteins (e.g. metallothionein) and enzymesRegulation: stress hormones, transcriptomics, proteomics.
  • Keywords:AQUACULTURE, AQUATIC ORGANISMS, FISH PHYSIOLOGY, BIOMARKER, STRESS (ENVIRONMENTAL), TOXICOLOGY, Biology
  • Disciplines:Animal biology, Biochemistry and metabolism, Fisheries sciences, Ecophysiology and ecomorphology, Ecotoxicology, Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution not elsewhere classified, Aquaculture, Veterinary pharmacology and toxicology, Veterinary physiology, pathophysiology and biochemistry
  • Research techniques:Toxicological tests: survival,growth, fitness and performance, bioaccumulation, biomagnificationChallenge tests: temperature, hypoxia, exposures...Aerobic energy metabolism in aquatic organisms (respirometry) Swimming behaviour (spontaneous behaviour)Swimming capacity (swimming flumes, raceways)Analysis tissue composition (water content, protein, lipds, carbohydrates, electrolytes, toxicants)Analysis plasma metabolites (lactate, glucose, ammonia, urea, electrolytes...)Analysis stress hormones (cortisol)Analysis biomarkers (metallothionein, oxidative stress...)Transcriptomics-gene expressionProteomics-proteinsMetabolomics-metabolites
  • Users of research expertise:AquacultureIndustryGovernmentResearchers