AEFishBIT at the GVA-Thinkinazul Innovation Radar

The device for monitoring fish behavior has been one of the 20 transferable products presented to aquaculture industry and transfer agents during the Innovation Radar session of the second GVA-Thinkinazul annual congress.

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Official presentation of the EAS conference Aquaculture Europe 2025

Prof. Jaume Pérez Sánchez, from the Nutrigenomics group of IATS, representing the local committee, has officially presented at the XIX National Aquaculture Congress the next European Aquaculture Congress, Aquaculture Europe 2025, which will be held in Valencia, September 22-25, 2025.

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Fernando Naya doctorates

Fernando Naya successfully presented his doctoral thesis at ICTA building of Polytechnic University of Valencia on June 4.

His work, entitled “The Two Genomes of Gilthead Sea Bream (Sparus aurata): A Multi-Omics and Holobiont Approach” was co-directed by Jaume Pérez-Sánchez (IATS Nutrigenomics Group) and Carla Piazzon (IATS Fish Pathology Group).

The Thesis defense was awarded with the highest distinction, Sobresaliente cum laude. Congratulations to Fernando for his excellent work.

Erasmus+ students stay at IATS

Isa Boelens and Stefanie van Es, Dutch students of the Erasmus+ program, will complete a 4-month training stay, from February to June, in the Nutrigenomics and Fish Growth Endocrinology Group and the Fish Neurobehavior Laboratory, respectively. Both come from the Noorderpoort center (Groningen, Netherlands), where they are training to become laboratory technicians. On May 29, professors Kim Fränkel, Renella Herder and Harold C. Tammeling and the head of the department J. Kooistra-de Vries visited the IATS to evaluate their work at our Center, together with Elisa Beltrán and Ana de Juan, from the company managing this program, My Spanish spot, My Spanish Spot.

Student stay at IATS Nutrigroup

Raquel Minai Valero Martínez, 4th year student of double degree in Marine Sciences and Biotechnology at Universidad Católica de Valencia, has completed a two month (April-June 2024) external academic internship in the Nutrigenomics and Fish Growth Endocrinology group of IATS. Minai has collaborated in tasks related to the study of the microbiota in feces, a non-invasive procedure, as an indicator of changes in the adherent intestinal microbiota in gilthead sea bream.

CSIC Mobility: Training stay at IATS

Technician Daniel Hernández Peraza, from the Canary Islands Oceanographic Center, has finished a 9-day stay with the IATS Nutrigenomics Group, within the framework of CSIC Training Stays of Technical and Management Staff (MOV-GEST/TEC 2023). During this stay, he visited IATS infrastructures, research groups, and its diverse scientific-technological catalogue. We hope that this stay had been productive.

PhD student stay

Cristina Moreno Mariscal, PhD student at the IATA Food Sciences Laboratory, has completed a one-week training stay with the IATS Nutrigenomics group. Within the framework of his doctoral thesis co-directed by Drs. Federico Moroni (IATS) and Leticia Mora (IATA), she analyzed microbiota samples to determine the effects of a dietary additive, based on a porcine blood hydrolyzate, on the gut microbiome of gilthead sea bream. Tasks carried out by Cristina comprised learning of sampling, bacterial DNA extraction, sequencing and bioinformatic and statistical analysis of results.

AQUASERV Kickoff meeting

The kickoff meeting of the European Project AQUASERV was held April 9-10 at Faro, Portugal. This 2024-2029 project will contribute to significantly further scientific advance and promote and facilitate the implementation of European Common Fisheries Policy, the Farm to Fork Strategy, the Sustainable Blue Economy and the European Green Deal through the provision of transnational access (TA) to top research infrastructures. CSIC participation in AQUASERV is led by IATS Nutrigenomics Prof. Jaume Pérez-Sánchez. CSIC will offer access to the experimental and analytical infrastructures at IATS in Castellón, and those at Centro Oceanográfico de Murcia. Call for TAs will be open at late 2024.


PhD student Ibon García-Gallego from CCMAR (Portugal) is visiting IATS infrastructure through the AQUAEXCEL3.0 Transnational Acess (TNA) entitled FISH+ (Enhanching fish robustness through dietary functional additives). This TNA supervised by Nutrigroup Prof. Jaume Pérez-Sánchez. The TNA will analyze in the upcoming weeks the gut microbiota communities of samples from gilthead sea bream juveniles fed diets enriched with selected addtivies (thymol, butirate, taurine), in order to assess the impact of such additives on the enhancement of intestinal health of cultured fish.

The Stanford Ranking includes three IATS researchers working in the Valencian Community ThinkInAzul Program

The 2023 Stanford Ranking has recognized two IATS researchers (Jaume Pérez-Sánchez and Ariadna Sitjà-Bobadilla) among the most influential worldwide for their achievements throughout their research career. In addition, the Stanford list recognizes a third IATS researcher (Óscar Monroig) for his career over the last year.

Congratulations on this important achievement!

More information on the Valencian Community ThinkInAzul website.