Keynote speakers

Lipids as biomarkers in trophic sea webs

Dr. Andrey B. Imbs

Andrey Imbs (Doctor of Sciences in Biology) is Deputy Director and Head of Laboratory of Comparative Biochemistry at A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Centre of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Russia. He is expert in the analysis of marine lipids and lipidomics in marine invertebrates. He has developed methods for lipids purification and analysis of molecular species of neutral and polar lipids in marine organisms. His main research areas are investigation of polyunsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis in cnidarians, understanding the role of lipids in tropical corals, especially for lipid transfer between symbionts and host, chemotaxonomy of cnidarians, exploration of marine food webs and trophic structures of benthic marine ecosystems by fatty acid markers.

A.V. Zhirmunsky National Scientific Centre of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Marine lipidomics and its applications

Professor Isabel Medina

Dr. Isabel Medina (Ph.D, Chemistry), is Full Professor in Food Chemistry at The Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas, Spanish National Council of Research CSIC. Her research is devoted to enhance quality and nutritional value of marine and aquaculture products targeting the bioactive role of marine lipids. Her lab at Vigo has developed advanced Lipidomic and Redox Proteomic platforms based on Mass Spectrometry to study how marine lipids act against inflammation and oxidative stress associated to dietary diseases. These studies provide basic information related to the formation of omega-3 lipid mediators as resolvers of inflammation. Her group has also led relevant research on lipid biomarkers for feeding and welfare in farmed fish.

Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas, SCIC

Lipids in the changing ocean

Professor Chris Parrish

Chris Parrish is a University Research Professor in the Department of Ocean Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He is cross-appointed to MUN’s Departments of Chemistry and Biology and is the Graduate Officer of MUN’s Marine Biology Programme. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Université Laval, Québec, and an External Graduate Faculty Member at the School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine. His research focuses on the production, transport, fate and effects of hydrophobic organic matter in the marine environment. He has developed analytical methods and numerical approaches for lipids that have been widely used to trace formation and consumption of energy and essential nutrients in marine systems. Together with students in several academic programmes he studies food web connections, aquaculture nutrition, and environmental impacts of aquaculture and their mitigation. Their work has produced key findings on the ecological importance of marine lipids as energy sources and as essential nutrients, and on effects of marine oils in aquaculture leading to ways to minimize environmental impacts of aquaculture and to maximize the healthfulness of the food product.

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Green lipids from the ocean (seaweeds, microalgae, and macrophytes)

Professor John Harwood

John Harwood studied at the University of Birmingham, U.K. where he was awarded a BSc(1966), PhD(1969) and DSc (1979). He did post-doctorals at the University of California, Davis and at Leeds University. While at Cardiff he was made Professor in 1984 and has been Head of Research and Chair of the School of Biosciences.
His research is on the metabolism and function of acyl lipids and he has authored five and edited 14 books. He has more than 640 scientific publications. He and his lab. have received over 20 awards including the Supelco and the Chang awards from the AOCS, the Chevreul Medal from the SFEL and the Morton Lecture Award from the Biochemical Society.

Cardiff University
School of Biosciences
United Kingdom

Marine lipids biotechnology: prospects and applications

Professor Herminia Domínguez

Herminia Domínguez (Spain) is currently Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of Ourense (University of Vigo). Her research is focused in the development of multistage processes based on the use of green efficient technologies aimed at the integral utilization of natural renewable resources. In the last decade, she has been working on seaweed biorefinery, optimizing the operative conditions for the sequential fractionation of macroalgal biomass to obtain high added value bioactive components with food, feed, cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications.

University of Vigo, Campus Ourense

Seafood traceability using lipids

Dr. Philippe Soudant

Philippe Soudant (Ph D, Marine biology and biochemistry) is Director of Research at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). His research is on the study of the lipid composition of marine organisms as well as the study of the physiological mechanisms regulating lipid synthesis, dietary acquisition and allocation. He is interested in various marine organisms (microalgae, bivalves, copepods, fish…) in all their complexity and diversity, at various scales from the subcellular scale to the ecosystem. More recently, his research extended toward compound specific isotope analysis of fatty acids applied to microalgae fluxomics, trophic ecology and seafood and oil traceability.

Director of Research
National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) Université de Bretagne Occidentale