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Prof Dr. Oliana Carnevali, Environmental Toxicology, Best Researcher Award

Doctorate at Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy


Prof. Dr. Oliana Carnevali is a distinguished expert in the field of aquaculture, with a primary focus on fish health and production. Her research has significantly contributed to advancing our understanding of microbial manipulations to enhance fish health and growth. Prof. Carnevali’s expertise lies in investigating immune-related genes, probiotics, and their profound impact on fish physiology.

Her key contributions include extensive studies on microbial manipulations aimed at improving fish health, particularly in the context of the Mediterranean region. Notably, she has delved into the intricacies of growth improvement in European sea bass juveniles, emphasizing the role of IGF-1, myostatin, and cortisol gene expression.

Prof. Carnevali’s research extends to early treatments with specific strains of Lactobacillus delbrueckii, exploring their effects on intestinal T-cells and granulocytes in larval Dicentrarchus. Additionally, her work encompasses the study of immune-related gene expression in rainbow trout during infections, providing valuable insights into fish immunology.

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👩‍🎓Education & Qualification:

Dr. Oliana Carnevali’s academic journey includes the following degrees:

1983: Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Camerino (UNICAM)

1989: PhD in Molecular Biology at UNICAM

1990: Research fellow in Comparative endocrinology at UNICAM

1998-2004: Associate Professor in Developmental Biology at Ancona University

2004-present: Full Professor of Developmental Biology at Polytechnic University of Marche (UNIVPM)

Research Activities:

Dr. Oliana Carnevali’s research activities revolve around three interconnected pillars, all dedicated to enhancing reproductive success and improving knowledge in the field. These pillars include:

Quality of Gametes: This pillar involves studying the quality of gametes in various experimental models, ranging from zebrafish to humans. Dr. Carnevali has worked on European projects and collaborated with assisted fertilization centers. Her recent focus has been on Reproductive Toxicology, specifically investigating reproductive disorders induced by environmental pollutants with endocrine-disrupting activities (EDCs). This research also explores the concomitant metabolic disorders as responses to contaminants in aquatic organisms, emphasizing the molecular basis of these dysfunctions and the role of the endocannabinoid system, particularly in relation to fertility.

Reproductive Disorders Induced by Environmental Pollutants: Dr. Carnevali is actively involved in studying reproductive disorders induced by environmental pollutants, particularly those with endocrine-disrupting activities (EDCs). Her research extends to understanding the associated metabolic disorders in aquatic organisms, with a focus on the molecular basis of these dysfunctions and the role of the endocannabinoid system. The aim is to explore possible associations with lower fertility.

Role of Intestinal Microflora in Reproduction: In this pillar, Dr. Carnevali investigates the role of intestinal microflora in the reproduction, metabolism, ossification process, and well-being of aquatic organisms.

Dr. Carnevali has authored 279 articles in peer-reviewed international journals and book chapters, with a majority of them as the first author or corresponding author.

Achievement of Awards for Scientific Activities:

Dr. Oliana Carnevali has played diverse and impactful roles in academia and scientific administration, showcasing her commitment to education and research. Her achievements and roles include:

1998-2012: Faculty Delegate of the student orientation program, demonstrating her dedication to supporting and guiding students in their academic journey.

2002-2007: Faculty Delegate of the internationalization program (ERASMUS, CAMPUS WORLD), contributing to the global perspective of education and fostering international collaborations.

2004-2011: Vice Director of the Department of Marine Sciences, showcasing leadership and administrative skills in a key academic department.

2006-2009: Coordinator of the Doctorate in Marine Biology and Ecology, highlighting her involvement in shaping advanced academic programs.

2007-2009: Director of the Doctoral School of Sciences, showcasing leadership in the broader academic context.

2009-2020: Extended tenure as the Director of the Doctoral School of Sciences, demonstrating continued commitment and effective administration.

2013: Coordinator of the PhD course Life and Environmental Sciences, contributing to the development of specialized academic tracks.

2013-2014: Member of the National Committee for Scientific Qualification (ASN) in the “Competition sector: 05 / B2 – Comparative Anatomy and Cytology,” indicating her involvement in national-level academic evaluations.

2013: Research Delegate at Polytechnic University of Marche, contributing to research management and coordination.

2014: Member of the board of directors of the National Institute of Biostructures and Biosystems-Interuniversity Consortium, showcasing her involvement in research infrastructure governance.

2014: Member of the Committee of Experts for Research Policy (CEPR) MIUR, contributing to shaping research policies at the national level.

2015: Member of GEV 05, Coordinator of subGEV Integrated Biology, indicating her involvement in scientific evaluation and coordination.

2020: Deputy of International Relations at Polytechnic University of Marche, contributing to the internationalization efforts of the institution.

2020: President of the Master course in Molecular and Applied Biology, showcasing leadership in specialized academic programs.

2020: Vice President of the International Society Fish Endocrinology (ISFE), indicating her recognition and leadership in the field of fish endocrinology.

2021: President of the National Committee for Scientific Qualification (ASN) in the “Competition sector: 05 / B2 – Comparative Anatomy and Cytology,” reflecting her continued involvement in national-level academic evaluations.

Dr. Oliana Carnevali’s extensive and varied contributions underscore her dedication to academic excellence, research, and leadership in scientific administration.

Publication Top Noted:

Microbial manipulations to improve fish health and production–a Mediterranean perspective

  • Authors: A Dimitroglou, DL Merrifield, O Carnevali, S Picchietti, M Avella, C Daniels
  • Journal: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
  • Volume: 30 (1)
  • Pages: 1-16
  • Page count: 494
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.fsi.2010.09.001

Growth improvement by probiotic in European sea bass juveniles (Dicentrarchus labrax, L.), with particular attention to IGF-1, myostatin and cortisol gene expression

  • Authors: O Carnevali, L de Vivo, R Sulpizio, G Gioacchini, I Olivotto, S Silvi, …
  • Journal: Aquaculture
  • Volume: 258 (1-4)
  • Pages: 430-438
  • Page count: 421
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2006.04.015

Early treatment with Lactobacillus delbrueckii strain induces an increase in intestinal T-cells and granulocytes and modulates immune-related genes of larval Dicentrarchus …

  • Authors: S Picchietti, AM Fausto, E Randelli, O Carnevali, AR Taddei, F Buonocore, …
  • Journal: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
  • Volume: 26 (3)
  • Pages: 368-376
  • Page count: 261
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.fsi.2008.10.006

Expression of immune-related genes in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) induced by probiotic bacteria during Lactococcus garvieae infection

  • Authors: T PĂ©rez-Sánchez, JL Balcázar, DL Merrifield, O Carnevali, G Gioacchini, …
  • Journal: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
  • Volume: 31 (2)
  • Pages: 196-201
  • Page count: 253
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.fsi.2011.05.021

Oxidative stress and antioxidant defense in fish: the implications of probiotic, prebiotic, and synbiotics

  • Authors: SH Hoseinifar, S Yousefi, H Van Doan, G Ashouri, G Gioacchini
  • Journal: Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture
  • Volume: 29 (2)
  • Pages: 198-217
  • Page count: 231
  • DOI: 10.1080/23308249.2020.1745372



Oliana Carnevali | Environmental Toxicology | Best Researcher Award

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