Gustavo Guerrero Limón holds a BSc in Marine Biology by the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), Mexico and an Erasmus mundus MSc in Marine Environment and Resources, a joint program between the University of the Basque Country, the University of Bordeaux and the University of Liege.
Science-related Work Experience:
Two main fields have always been within the interests of Gustavo: fisheries and pollution. The first one gave Gustavo his first-hand experiences inside an actual working environment in marine sciences at the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA). But since pollution has been within his concerns, Gustavo carried out a research stay at the EPOMEX Institute (Campeche, Mexico) where he mastered skills in Wildlife ecotoxicology (working with crocodiles). Here he would discover his passion on the thrilling world of ecotoxicology and related fields, and of course, here is where he learned some of the skills that he’d need afterwards in his life as researcher. During his master thesis he wanted to test the biochemical responses of several organs of the flatfish (Solea senegalensis) after Cadmium and Benzo(a)pyrene exposure. He applied a battery of 4 biomarkers to measure these responses on brain and liver cells. Currently he’s pursuing a PhD within the framework of the project “In vivo zebrafish larvae test on endocrine disruptors and mixtures” at the University of Liege, where he expects to unravel the mysteries that some EDC compounds may have on the zebrafish.
Other Professional Points-of-Interest:
Gustavo has been resourceful during his marine researcher life, which is why he’s devoted a lot of his time and effort to keep learning from different sources, from lab experiences to field trips. He is capable of performing Scientific Scuba diving to assess the health of coral reefs and/or restore them in the Caribbean Sea and at the same time capable of managing lab techniques to perform tests such as biochemical analyses regarding enzymes and their responses to contamination exposure. Gustavo speaks Spanish (native speaker), English and French. Since he’s devoted to bringing science to people, he’s given lectures as guest speaker to people of different backgrounds. Also, he’s been a tourist guide in the Riviera Maya where he taught everything he knew to his tourist groups. He is always keen to create awareness of the current environmental problems that we are facing.
Area of science:
Gunnar’s research focuses on toxicology of biological toxins, mainly mycotoxins in feed and food. He has experience and competence from toxicological work ranging from mechanistic cell studies, animal studies and human population studies and exposure assessments related to effects of mycotoxins in food and feed. The overall aim of his work has been to shed light on the significance and potential health risks of these contaminants, to link the effects on a lower organisational levels (in cells) to observed effects on individuals and potential effects on populations. Gunnar also has extensive experience from risk assessment of toxicological compounds in food and feed at national and international level where data from all levels of toxicological studies are integrated.
Gunnar has an MSc in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Oslo and was rewarded a PhD in Animal Science working on toxicological effects of Fusarium toxins on pigs and in cells from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2003. He has also been working in the Norwegian Food Control Authorities, focusing on monitoring and risk assessments of contaminants in the food.
NVI contact for the network and co-supervisor of ESR 10 (ED effects of cyanobacteria).
Area of science:
Marc’s research focuses on Developmental Biology using the zebrafish as a model system, using molecular and genetic approaches. His main focus is on bone development and homeostasis, however his group is also studying more general perturbations of zebrafish physiology by physical (changes in gravity) or chemical treatments. Recent studies include studying the effects of food additives, endocrine disruptors, and of mixtures thereof to better understand the intricate interactions between the various signalling pathways involved.
Currently a Research Associate at the "Fonds National de Recherche Scientifique", Principal Investigator at the GIGA Research Center and Lecturer of Molecular and Cellular Biology at University of Liège (ULG). Marc obtained his MSc in Chemical Sciences at ULG, Belgium, in 1980 and was awarded in 1986 a PhD in Chemical Sciences, specialising on DNA repair mechanisms at the same University of Liège, Belgium. As a postdoctoral scientist in Germany, Marc was involved in studying gene regulation in various systems, before taking his present position and focusing on zebrafish embryo development and toxicology.
The PROTECTED ITN beneficiary and supervisor of ESR 5 (Assessment of the impact of endocrine disruptors and mixtures in vivo on zebrafish larvae).