Caballero-Huertas, Marta


PhD student (UdG)

My main interests in science blend genetics, physiology and reproductive ecology of fish focused on their conservation. After completing a degree in Biology at the King Juan Carlos University (Móstoles, Madrid) (240 ECTS, 2018), I am about to finish the ERASMUS Mundus International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea), with a specialty in Marine Food Production (120 ECTS, 2018-2020).

The nature of the International Master's Degree has involved my mobility among different countries with relevant centers in the subject of the Master's. Specifically, I have completed the first semester in Portugal (UAlg), along with some internships in the CCMAR - EMBRC (Portugal), another semester in Basque Country (UPV/EHU), the professional practices of the Master's degree at the IIM-CSIC in Vigo, and the third semester in Norway (UiB). This last stay at the University of Bergen (UiB) has been co-funded by the ERASMUS+ scholarship program. The last semester of the Master's degree, I was developing an internship with geneticist Prof. Dr. Neil Gemmell in New Zealand (University of Otago), focused on genetic markers during the change of sex in Notolabrus celidotus gonads. Currently, I am doing the Master's thesis at the IIM-CSIC about the reproductive assessment of teleost new records in Galician waters (NW Iberian Peninsula). Additionally, from July 30 to August 9, 2019 I participated in the IMBRSea Joint School Edition 1 2019 at Lovén Center in Tjärnö of the University of Gothenburg (Sweden).

At the time I was developing the degree in Biology, I performed two professional practices. The first, in a collaboration between IIM-CSIC and IFREMER in the North Atlantic on board an oceanographic vessel; and the second, in the ICM - CSIC (Barcelona) to develop, in addition, the Degree thesis ‘Efectos de la inmunoestimulación durante la diferenciación sexual del pez cebra (Danio rerio)’. Following my stay at ICM-CSIC, I published a paper as the first author and two others that are on the way as a co-author. Also, I participate as a co-author at two conferences. Besides, I was awarded the Collaboration grant 2017 - 2018 from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports in the application of new materials in the preparation of samples at GQAA - MAF (Department of Chemical and Energy Technology, Chemical and Environmental Technology, and Mechanical Technology and Analytical Chemistry of King Juan Carlos University (Móstoles, Madrid).

Selected articles:

  • Caballero-Huertas M, Moraleda-Prados J, Joly S, Ribas L (2020) Immune genes, IL1b and Casp9, show sexual dimorphic methylation patterns in the zebrafish gonads. Fish and Shellfish Immunology. 97:648-655.


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