The Segarra Lab’s research is dedicated to unraveling the intricate mechanisms that underlie an organism’s ability to adapt and tolerate dynamic environmental changes. We study environmental and ecological toxicology and diseases using a variety of aquatic species, from model organisms to non-model species of conservation significance.
Our investigations primarily revolve around three key areas: embryo and early larval stage development, physiology, and the disruption of behavior caused by 1) exposure to various contaminants and/or 2) infectious diseases. For this, we use a multidisciplinary approach including molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, and behavioral studies that helps us establish connections between exposure and fitness impairments observed in vertebrate models. Moreover, our research extends beyond these fundamental aspects to explore how multiple stressors, such as climate change and contaminants, influence animal populations’ health.
From the left: Jackie Lang, Cassandra Lievin, Dylan Lin, Dr. Louise Cominassi, Dr. Amelie Segarra, Andrea Chandler