Adelaide Lerebours

Adelaide Lerebours


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My research has focused on the biological effects of environmental stressors in laboratory and wild fish.

My PhD work (2006-2009) led at the Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) and the University of Bordeaux1, France, aimed at determining the molecular stress responses and specifically the neurotoxic effects and bioenergetic impairments in key organs of zebrafish exposed to uranium.

In 2010, I joined the Aquatic Toxicology Group at the University of Hull, UK, as a postdoctoral research associate for 3 years. The aim was to define the link between cancer progression and genetic alterations in liver of dab from the North Sea and English Channel. I worked in parallel on the molecular causes of UV-induced melanoma in the coral trout.

In 2014, I moved to the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, UK, as a senior research associate to work on the biological effects of environmental radiations on early life stages of fish (NERC funded project).

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the molecular causes of a visible disease/lesion phenotype in fishes exposed to environmental stressors (metals, radiations, mixture of environmental pollutants). The study of cancer in marine fishes such as dab and coral trout is a good example.

I am also interested in assessing new indicators, as yet unknown, but also classical ones of radiation effects in early stages of fish maintained in laboratory condition and in wild fish from lakes in Belarus and Ukraine. Target genes, genotoxic effects, histological injuries and individual endpoints will be assessed to determine the possible effects of radiations on key physiological processes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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