Dr Amaya Albalat

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Aquaculture Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Amaya Albalat

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Dr Amaya Albalat is a fish and crustacean physiologist. Her research interests are focused in three main areas:

1) A better understanding on how fishing and aquaculture practices impact the physiology of fish and crustaceans (health and welfare perspective). Examples in this area of research include:

  • Research funded by Fisheries Innovation Scotland that aimed at estimating post-discard survival in Norway lobsters (Nephrops norvegicus) from the trawl fisheries. This research provided key evidence that led the European Commission to grant an exemption based on high survivability within the EU CFP implementing regulations. See relevant publications on this topic:

a) ICES (2021) Workshop on the Inclusion of Discard Survival in Stock Assessments (WKSURVIVE). International Council for the Exploration of the Seas Expert Group. ICES Scientific Reports, 3:41.

b) Fox CJ, Albalat A, Valentinsson D, Nilsson HC, Armstrong F, Randall P & Catchpole T (2020) Survival rates for Nephrops norvegicus discarded from Northern European trawl fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 77 (5), pp. 1698-1710.

c) Albalat A, Collard A, McAdam BJ, Coates CJ & Fox C (2016) Physiological condition, short-term survival, and predator avoidance behavior of discarded Norway lobsters (Nephrops norvegicus). Journal of Shellfish Research, 35 (4), pp. 1053-1065.

  • Research funded by the Norwegian Research Council on the optimisation of smoltification practices in Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). See relevant publications on this topic:

d) Morro B, Balseiro P, Albalat A, MacKenzie S, Pedrosa C, Nilsen TO, Suzuki S, Shimizu M, Sveier H, Gorissen M, Ebbesson LOE & Handeland SO (2020) Effects of temperature and photoperiod on rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) smoltification and haematopoiesis. Aquaculture, 519, Art. No.: 734711.

e) Morro B, Balseiro P, Albalat A, Pedrosa C, Mackenzie S, Nakamura S, Shimizu M, Nilsen TO, Sveier H, Ebbesson LO & Handeland SO (2019) Effects of different photoperiod regimes on the smoltification and seawater adaptation of seawater-farmed rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): Insights from Na+, K+-ATPase activity and transcription of osmoregulation and growth regulation genes. Aquaculture, 507, pp. 282-292.

2) Research on new strategies and processing methods to ensure fish and crustacean quality is maintained throughout the food chain. This is a topic that aims at linking animal's physiological condition when alive (linked to animal welfare), the conditions around how animals are harvested (peri-slaughter stress) and the effects that all these processes have on seafood quality. Examples of this research include:

f) Albalat A, Gornik S, Muangnapoh C & Neil DM (2022) Effectiveness and quality evaluation of electrical stunning versus chilling in Norway lobsters (Nephrops norvegicus). Food Control (upcoming).

g) Albalat A, Johnson L, Coates CJ, Dykes GC, Hitte F, Morro B, Dick J, Todd K & Neil DM (2019) The Effect of Temperature on the Physiological Condition and Immune-Capacity of European Lobsters (Homarus gammarus) During Long-Term Starvation. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, Art. No.: 281.

3) And finally, expand the approaches we use for assessing physiological changes by proteomic profiling. This approach can then be used to map out, for example, early responses to infection or stress mechanisms in aquatic organisms. Examples of this research include:

h) Morro B, Broughton R, Balseiro P, Handeland SO, Mackenzie S, Doherty MK, Whitfield PD, Shimizu M, Gorissen M, Sveier H & Albalat A (2021) Endoplasmic reticulum stress as a key mechanism in stunted growth of seawater rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). BMC Genomics, 22 (1), Art. No.: 824.

i) Mandal SC, Weidmann M, Albalat A, Carrick E, Morro B & MacKenzie S (2020) Polarized trout epithelial cells regulate transepithelial electrical resistance, gene expression, and the phosphoproteome in response to viral infection. Frontiers in Immunology, 11, Art. No.: 1809.

j) Morro B, Doherty MK, Balseiro P, Handeland SO, MacKenzie S, Sveier H & Albalat A (2020) Plasma proteome profiling of freshwater and seawater life stages of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). PLOS ONE, 15 (1), Art. No.: e0227003.

Projects

AQUAculture Infrastructures For EXCELlence In European Fish Research 3
PI: Dr Sonia Rey Planellas
Funded by: European Commission (Horizon 2020)

Effect of swimming training in smolt; A Basic Study
PI: Dr Amaya Albalat
Funded by: The Research Council of Norway

Vaccines against AMR in Aquaculture
PI: Dr Margaret Crumlish
Funded by: International Development Research Centre

ROBUST-SMOLT Impact of Early Life History in Freshwater Recirculation Aquaculture Systems on A. Salmon Robustness and Susceptibility to Disease at Sea
PI:
Funded by: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Phage-based shelf-life extension of langoustines
PI: Dr Amaya Albalat
Funded by: Centre for Enviroment, Fisheries & Aquaculture

Impact of Net Cleaning and Sea Lice treatment upon Gill Health in Salmon
PI: Professor Simon MacKenzie
Funded by: The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund

Curriculum Development for Sustainable Seafood and Nutrition Security
PI: Dr Amaya Albalat
Funded by: European Commission (Horizon 2020)

Development of a full season production protocol for rainbow trout
PI: Professor Simon MacKenzie
Funded by: Norwegian Research Council

Post catch survivability of discarded Norway lobsters: Further investigations within the large-scale fleet operation
PI: Dr Amaya Albalat
Funded by: Fisheries Innovation Scotland

Post-catch survivability of under-sized Norway lobsters (Nephrops norvegicus): Towards a regional and ecosystems-based approach.
PI: Dr Amaya Albalat
Funded by: Fisheries Innovation Scotland

Outputs (70)

Outputs

Article

Cui W, Takahashi E, Morro B, Balseiro P, Albalat A, Pedrosa C, Mackenzie S, Nilsen TO, Sveier H, Ebbesson LO, Handeland SO & Shimizu M (2022) Changes in circulating insulin-like growth factor-1 and its binding proteins in yearling rainbow trout during spring under natural and manipulated photoperiods and their relationships with gill Na+, K+-ATPase and body size. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 268, Art. No.: 111205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2022.111205

Article

Siwy J, Wendt R, Albalat A, He T, Mischak H, Mullen W, Latosinska A, Lübbert C, Kalbitz S, Mebazaa A, Peters B, Stegmayr B, Spasovski G, Wiech T & Staessen JA (2021) CD99 and polymeric immunoglobulin receptor peptides deregulation in critical COVID-19: A potential link to molecular pathophysiology?. Proteomics, 21 (20), Art. No.: 2100133. https://doi.org/10.1002/pmic.202100133

Article

Morro B, Balseiro P, Albalat a, Pedrosa C, Mackenzie S, Nakamura S, Shimizu M, Nilsen TO, Sveier H, Ebbesson LO & Handeland SO (2019) Effects of different photoperiod regimes on the smoltification and seawater adaptation of seawater-farmed rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): Insights from Na+, K+-ATPase activity and transcription of osmoregulation and growth regulation genes. Aquaculture, 507, pp. 282-292. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.04.039

Article

Albalat A, Johnson L, Coates CJ, Dykes GC, Hitte F, Morro B, Dick J, Todd K & Neil DM (2019) The Effect of Temperature on the Physiological Condition and Immune-Capacity of European Lobsters (Homarus gammarus) During Long-Term Starvation. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, Art. No.: 281. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00281

Book Chapter

Albalat A, Mullen W, Husi H & Mischak H (2017) Tissue Proteomics in Vascular Disease. In: Touyz R & Schiffrin E (eds.) Hypertension: Tissue Proteomics in Vascular Disease. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1527. New York: Springer, pp. 53-60. http://link.springer.com/protocol/10.1007/978-1-4939-6625-7_4; https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-6625-7_4

Article

Torati LS, Migaud H, Doherty MK, Siwy J, Mullen W, Mesquita PEC & Albalat A (2017) Comparative proteome and peptidome analysis of the cephalic fluid secreted by Arapaima gigas (Teleostei: Osteoglossidae) during and outside parental care. PLoS ONE, 12 (10), Art. No.: e0186692. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0186692

Article

Albalat A, Sinclair S & Neil DM (2017) Validation of a vigour index for trawl-caught Norway lobsters (Nephrops norvegicus) destined for the live market: underlying links to both physiological condition and survivability. Fisheries Research, 191, pp. 25-29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2017.02.016

Article

Ortiz A, Husi H, Gonzalez-Lafuente L, Valino-Rivas L, Fresno M, Sanz AB, Mullen W, Albalat A, Mezzano S, Vlahou A, Mischak H & Sanchez-Nino MD (2017) Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 14 Promotes AKI. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 28 (3), pp. 823-836. https://doi.org/10.1681/ASN.2015080898

Book Chapter

Oskoueian E, Mullen W & Albalat A (2016) Proteomic applications for farm animal management. In: Salekdeh G (ed.) Agricultural Proteomics Volume 1: Crops, Horticulture, Farm Animals, Food, Insect and Microorganisms. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 147-163. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-43275-5_9

Article

Albalat A, Nadler LE, Foo N, Dick JR, Watts AJR, Philp H, Neil DM & Monroig O (2016) Lipid Composition of Oil Extracted from Wasted Norway Lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) Heads and Comparison with Oil Extracted from Antarctic Krill (Euphasia superba). Marine Drugs, 14 (12), Art. No.: 219. https://doi.org/10.3390/md14120219

Book Chapter

Stalmach A, Husi H, Mosbahi K, Albalat A, Mullen W & Mischak H (2015) Methods in Capillary Electrophoresis Coupled to Mass Spectrometry for the Identification of Clinical Proteomic/Peptidomic Biomarkers in Biofluids. In: Vlahou A & Makridakis M (eds.) Clinical Proteomics: Methods and Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1243. New York: Springer, pp. 187-205. http://link.springer.com/protocol/10.1007/978-1-4939-1872-0_11

Book Chapter

Weissinger EM, Mullen W & Albalat A (2014) Urinary proteomics employing capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry in the monitoring of patients after stem cell transplantation. In: Beksac M (ed.) Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1109. New York: Springer, pp. 293-306. http://link.springer.com/protocol/10.1007/978-1-4614-9437-9_15#

Book Chapter

Coates C & Albalat A (2014) Engaging with strategies to impede post mortem hyperpigmentation in commercial crustaceans. In: Hay R (ed.) Shellfish: Human Consumption, Health Implications and Conservation Concerns. Fish, Fishing and Fisheries. New York: Nova Science Publishers. https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=50197&osCsid=e045ae5d926955d94d857f839a6e655f

Article

Albalat A, Husi H, Siwy J, Nally JE, McLaughlin M, Eckersall PD & Mullen W (2014) Capillary Electrophoresis Interfaced with a Mass Spectrometer (CE-MS): Technical Considerations and Applicability for Biomarker Studies in Animals. Current Protein and Peptide Science, 15 (1), pp. 23-35. https://doi.org/10.2174/1389203715666140221123920

Book Chapter

Albalat A, Bitsika V, Zurbig P, Siwy J & Mullen W (2013) High-resolution proteome/peptidome analysis of body fluids by capillary electrophoresis coupled with MS. In: Volpi N & Maccari F (eds.) Capillary Electrophoresis of Biomolecules: Methods and Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology, 984. New York: Humana Press, pp. 153-165. http://link.springer.com/protocol/10.1007/978-1-62703-296-4_12#; https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-62703-296-4_12

Book Chapter

Albalat A, Franke J, Gonzalez J, Mischak H & Zurbig P (2013) Urinary proteomics based on capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry in kidney disease. In: Phillips T & Kalish H (eds.) Clinical Applications of Capillary Electrophoresis: Methods and Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology, 919. New York: Humana Press, pp. 203-213. http://link.springer.com/protocol/10.1007/978-1-62703-029-8_19#; https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-62703-029-8_19

Article

Mullen W, Albalat A, Gonzalez J, Zerefos P, Siwy J, Franke J & Mischak H (2012) Performance of different separation methods interfaced in the same MS-reflection TOF detector: A comparison of performance between CE versus HPLC for biomarker analysis. Electrophoresis, 33 (4), pp. 567-574. https://doi.org/10.1002/elps.201100415

Article

Mullen W, Gonzalez J, Gonzalez J, Siwy J, Franke J, Sattar N, Mullan A, Roberts SA, Delles C, Mischak H & Albalat A (2011) A pilot study on the effect of short-term consumption of a polyphenol rich drink on biomarkers of coronary artery disease defined by urinary proteomics. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59 (24), pp. 12850-12857. https://doi.org/10.1021/jf203369r

Article

Gornik SG, Albalat A, Atkinson RJA, Coombs GH & Neil DM (2010) The influence of defined ante-mortem stressors on the early post-mortem biochemical processes in the abdominal muscle of the Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus (Linnaeus, 1758). Marine Biology Research, 6 (3), pp. 223-238. https://doi.org/10.1080/17451000903147468

Article

Albalat A, Sinclair S, Laurie J, Taylor A & Neil DM (2010) Targeting the live market: Recovery of Norway lobsters Nephrops norvegicus (L.) from trawl-capture as assessed by stress-related parameters and nucleotide breakdown. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 395 (1-2), pp. 206-214. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2010.09.002

Article

Gornik SG, Albalat A, Atkinson RJA, Coombs GH & Neil DM (2008) The time course of early post-mortem biochemical processes in the abdominal muscle of a commercially important decapod crustacean (Nephrops norvegicus): Implications for post-catch processing. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, 41 (4), pp. 241-256. https://doi.org/10.1080/10236240802500758

Article

Albalat A, Gomez-Requeni P, Rojas P, Medale F, Kaushik S, Vianen GJ, van den Thillart G, Gutierrez J, Perez-Sanchez J & Navarro I (2005) Nutritional and hormonal control of lipolysis in isolated gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) adipocytes. American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 289 (1), pp. R259-R265. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpregu.00574.2004

Article

Navarro I, Rojas P, Capilla E, Albalat A, Castillo J, Montserrat N, Codina M & Gutierrez J (2002) Insights into insulin and glucagon responses in fish. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, 27 (3-4), pp. 205-216. https://doi.org/10.1023/B%3AFISH.0000032726.78074.04