Matela / Domeneghini

PhD student: Maria Lucia Matela da Silva Aidos
She has a degree in Animal Science by the University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto-Douro, Portugal. She undertook a training-ship at the Directorate-General for Fisheries of the European Commission in Brussels.
She obtained a Master of Science degree at the Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Research Center of the University of Ghent, in Belgium, where she presented a final thesis project on oxidative stress in turbot juveniles.
She worked in the aquaculture department of the largest producer of animal feed in Portugal, Sorgal SA, where she was co-responsible for formulation and field trials of aquaculture nutrition, integral part of team that modernized the physical plant for aquaculture feed production, managed sales and client relationships in the north of Portugal and Spain and travelled regularly to client sites for quality control and to give training in local language.


Tutor: Professor Cinzia Domeneghini

Current position: Full professor of Veterinary Anatomy, University of Milan.
Department of Health, Animal Science and Food Safety (VESPA), University of Milan.

Professional career: graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan (1973); licensed to practice Veterinary Medicine (1973); Assistant Professor (1974-1978) and then Senior Assistant Professor of Histology (1978-1981) at the Faculty of Veterinary Anatomy; Associate Professor of Histology and then of Vertebrate Zoology at the Faculty of Veterinary Anatomy (1981-2002); Full Professor of Veterinary Anatomy (2002); Head of the Department of Veterinary Sciences and Technologies for Food Safety (2007-2012); President of the Degree course of Veterinary Medicine (2012-2015); Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2015);

Membership of scientific societies: AAA - American Association of Anatomists, AMV – Italian Association of Veterinary Morphologists, SISVet – Italian Association of Veterinary Sciences, SII – Italian Association of Histochemistry.

Research activities/lines of research: Author and co-author of around 250 publications. Her scientific activity concerns the structural study of the gut neuro-endocrine system in vertebrates, with special emphasis to mammals and fish. The alimentary canal of mammals and fish is analyzed also with the aim of describing possible morpho-functional consequences of various dietary supplementations. The white adipose tissue is, in addition, studied with the aim of identifying structural and morpho-functional consequences of dietary interventions. Evaluation also of the compatibility and integration of bio-materials in animal models has been recently approached, as well as the study of “post-mortem intervals” in animal models.


Research Project
Oxidative stress in fish farming: how to front it with a multidisciplinary approach.

The aim of this study is to monitor oxidative stress and stress biomarkers in farmed Sturgeon, in particular in two of the major farmed sturgeon species in Italy, White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) and Siberian Sturgeon (Acipenser baeri). Monitoring oxidative stress and the different biomarkers could help assessing the metabolic and health status of these species.

This could allow the selection of strains or populations that could better resist stressing, pathogens and diseases and, therefore, limiting eventually chemical and biochemical intervention for curing fish.

This study could also give relevant information regarding the environmental or physiological causes of divergences in growth and survival among this species populations with important positive consequences on fish farming and production.

This project goals are to:
• assess the oxidative stress markers during larval development (i.e peroxidative or peroxinitrite markers; localization of the oxidative stress markers in the tissues)
• assess the oxidative stress markers in the alimentary canal during handling (i.e peroxidative or peroxinitrite markers; localization of the oxidative stress markers in the tissues)
• deepen the knowledge on the dietary supplementation with antioxidants in sturgeon.