Welcome to the Galvez
Ben Dubansky, Christine Savolainen, Matthew Truax, Brian
Whitaker, Ying Guan, Shujun Zhang
Yanling Meng, Charlotte Bodinier, Arianna Rivera, Fernando Galvez
Welcome to the Galvez
Comparative Physiology Laboratory!
Research activities in the Galvez laboratory are centered around
studies on comparative physiology and aquatic toxicology of fish. My
early research investigating the influence of environmental
chemistry on metal transport in fish has led to more recent work on
assessing the plasticity of fish epithelia to salinity stress,
ectoparasitic infection, and exposure to toxicants such as metals
and hydrocarbons. My research group utilizes an integrative and
comparative approach to study the transport of ions, metabolic
wastes, and acid-base equivalents across fish epithelia during
environmental and physiological perturbations.
The current research projects in the lab are associated with the:
I. Comparative physiology of osmotic stress
II. Remodeling of transporting epithelial to
environmental and physiological stress
III. Fish gill remodeling during ectoparasitic infection
IV. Physiological responses of fish to environmental toxicants
April 18, 2013: Congratulations to
Benjamin Dubansky for successfully obtaining his Ph.D. Ben will be
moving to the University of North Texas
to start a postdoctoral position in Warren Burggren’s lab in the
Developmental Integrative Biology Cluster.
Congratulations to Charles Brown on his 2nd Place Best Student
Poster, titled "Developmental Impacts of Macondo-252 crude and
Corexit-9500 on the embryogenesis of the Gulf killiﬁsh, Fundulus
grandis." The poster was presented at the 3rd Annual Deepwater
Horizon Conference on April 22, 2013. Baton Rouge, LA.
April 2013: Congratulations to Mr. Walter Guillory who was
selected as an American Physiological Society- Integrative &
Organismal Physiology (IOSP) Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow
for 2013. Walter will use this fellowship to conduct research in my
lab on the osmotic stress tolerance in killifish.
February 2013: Congratulations to Sydney
Hebert for receiving funding through the Louisiana Sea Grant
Undergraduate Opportunities Program for 2013. Sydney will be working
in my lab on a project titled, “Effects of Oil and oil dispersants
on the embryonic development of
the Gulf killifish (Fundulus grandis)”
January 2013: Fernando Galvez was recently awarded a Visiting
Scientist Fellowship to conduct research this summer at the Mount
Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove, Maine.
The laboratory was recently awarded a federal grant through the
National Institute of Environmental Health: RFA-ES-11-013 "Oceans,
Great Lakes and Human Health (R01)" and National Science Foundation
(Ocean Sciences), entitled, Collaborative research: Mechanisms of
Reproductive, Developmental, and Early Life Stage Impacts of Marine
Oil Spills in a Vertebrate Sentinel Model.
April 2012: We recently received a grant through NSF EPSCor/
Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience to fund Mr. Walter
Guillory to study osmotic stress responses in euryhaline fishes.
Congratulations to Yanling Meng on her LSU McDaniel Travel Award to
present at Experimental Biology Meeting on April 21-25, 2012. San
Diego Convention Center.
February 2012: Congratulations to Casey Elkins for receiving
funding through the Louisiana Sea Grant Undergraduate Opportunities
Program for 2012. Casey will be working in my lab on a project
titled, “Stress response in spawning male Fundulus grandis
exposed to Macondo 252 crude oil.”
Much appreciation for
additional technical assistance to
Renee Christner, ITS Assistance, Dept. of Biological Sciences