Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation
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Adelino Canario

Personal details

Title:Prof. Dr.
Institute:University of Algarve

Summary of CV:

Adelino V M CANARIO (° 1958), full professor at University of Algarve (Portugal) is a specialist in fish physiology. He is the Director of the Centre of Marine Sciences ( since 1994 and leads the Comparative and Molecular Endocrinology research group. He teaches Cell Biology to undergraduate students and Reproductive Biology to graduate students. He coordinates courses for graduate students on Molecular and Cellular Biology Techniques and marine Genomics. He is the promoter of 2 ongoing PhDs and has supervised to completion 12 PhDs (8 in the last 5 years). He is internationaly recognized expert in his field with 140 published articles (H=26) in regulation of calcium homeostasis, fish reproductive physiology, hormone-behavour relationships, chemical communication and genomics. He has coordinated and participated in European Commission funded research including recently Marine Genomics Europe, Assemble and EMBRC (ESFRI infrastructure).

Experience Higher education:

Annual teaching at the University of Algarve (undergraduate plus postgraduate) ranged between 180 and 240 hours annually, excluding thesis supervision.
  • 2009 Marine ecophysiology, theoretical classes, 1st year MSc students of Marine Biology and ERASMUS MUNDUS MSc Biodiversity and Conservation
  • 2006- Cell Biology, theoretical and practical classes, 1st year students of Biology and Marine Biology
  • 1993- Reproductive Biology, theoretical and practical classes, MSc Aquaculture and Fisheries (every two years until 2004, annually since then).
  • 2003-2007 Animal Physiology, theoretical and occasionally practical classes, 3rd year BSc Marine Biology and Fisheries (interrupted in 2005 for sabbatical)
  • 2003-2004 Aquatic ecophysiology, theoretical and practical classes, 2nd year MSc Marine Biology
  • 1995-2000 Cell Biology, theoretical classes, 1st year of BSc Environmental Engineering (interrupted in 1997 for sabbatical)
  • 1995-2000 Cell Biology, theoretical classes, 1st year of BSc Environmental Engineering (interrupted in 1997 for sabbatical)
  • 1995-2002 Animal Physiology, theoretical and practical classes, 2nd year BSc Biotechnological Engineering (interrupted in 1997 for sabbatical)
  • 1993-2002 Cell Biology, theoretical classes, 1st year of BSc Marine Biology and Fisheries, and BSc joint Biology and Geology for school teachers (interrupted in 1997 for sabbatical)
  • 1990-1993 Cell Biology, theoretical and practical classes, 1st year of BSc Marine Biology and Fisheries. Invertebrate Zoology, theoretical classes, 2nd year of BSc Marine Biology and Fisheries

Participation in Projects:

  • 2010-2012: Sharebioech- Sharing life science infrastructures and skills to benefit the Atlantic area biotechnology sector. INTERREG IV B Atlantic Area (10 partners).
  • 2009-2012: ASSEMBLE—Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories. European Commission 7th Framework programme. FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2008-1, Combination of CP & CSA. Partner.
  • 2009-2012: Lifecycle- Building a biological knowledge-base on fish lifecycles for competitive, sustainable European aquaculture. European Commission 7th Framework programme. Grant Agreement Number 222719. Collaborative project, Large-scale integrating project. Partner.
  • 2004-2008: Marine Genomics Europe - Implementation of high throughput genomics approaches to investigate the functioning of marine ecosystems and the biology of marine organisms. European Commission 6th Framework programme. Network of Excellence, GOCE-CT-2004-505403 (45 partners). Coordinator of fish and shellfish genomics and member of steering committee.
  • 2004-2008: Aquafirst - Combined genetic and functional genomics approaches for stress and disease resistance marker assisted selection in fish and shellfish. European Commission 5th Framework programme contract 513692 (14 partners).


  • Passos ALS, Pinto PIS, Power DM, Canario AVM (2009) A yeast assay based on the gilthead sea bream (teleost fish) estrogen receptor beta for monitoring estrogen mimics. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 72: 1529-1537.
  • Huertas M, Hagey L, Hofmann AF, Cerda J, Canario AVM, Hubbard PC (2010). Olfactory sensitivity to bile fluid and bile salts in the European eel (Anguilla anguilla), goldfish (Carassius auratus) and Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) suggests a `broad range' sensitivity not confined to those produced by conspecifics alone. Journal of Experimental Biology. 213:308-317.
  • Kolmakov, N.N., Kube, M., Reinhardt, R., Canario, A.V., 2008. Analysis of the goldfish Carassius auratus olfactory epithelium transcriptome reveals the presence of numerous non-olfactory GPCR and putative receptors for progestin pheromones. BMC Genomics 9, 429.
  • Kolmakov, N.N., Hubbard, P.C., Lopes, O., Canario, A.V.M., 2009. Effect of Acute Copper Sulfate Exposure on Olfactory Responses to Amino Acids and Pheromones in Goldfish (Carassius auratus). Environmental Science and Technology 43, 8393-8399.
  • Bshary R, Oliveira RF, Oliveira T & Canario AVM (2007) Do cleaning organisms reduce the stress response of client reef fish? Frontiers in Zoology 4:21

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