Gustavo Núñez-Acuña

Ph.D. Candidate

Laboratory of Biotechnology and Aquaculture Genomics
Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research (RP1)
University of Concepción
Concepción
Chile

Phone:(56)(41)2204402

WEB:
http://www.acuigenomica.com
http://www.incar.cl

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Education

B.Sc. (Marine Biotechnology and Aquaculture) 2009, University of Concepcion
Ph.D. (C) (Renewable Resources Management) 2015, University of Concepcion

Professional Experience

April 2010 – February 2011: Research assistant, INNOVA 07CT9 PDT-79 project. “Genetic traceability of aquaculture products: Development of a genetic database for the export food industry”. Universidad de Concepción, Chile.

March 2011- February 2013: Research assistant, FONDEF D09I1965 project. “Reference platform for the sustainable genomic management of commercial benthonic resources and restocking of natural stocks”. Universidad de Concepción, Chile.

April 2012- 2015: Research assistant, FONDECYT 1120397 project. “Insights into innate immune response of bivalves challenged to Alexandrum catenella: Comparative transcriptome analysis by 454 pyrosequencing”. Universidad de Concepción, Chile.

November 2012 – March 2016: Research assistant, INNOVA 12IDl2-15119 project. “Generación de vacuna inhibitoria de Miostatina para incrementar el crecimiento de abalones rojos como estrategia de mejoramiento”. Universidad de Concepción, Chile.

March 2014 – Present: Research assistant, FONDAP 15110027 project. “Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research (INCAR)”. Universidad de Concepción, Chile.

Areas of expertise and interest

My major expertise and research interest is related to functional genomics in marine species. Most of the studies that I have conducted or participated in are related to describe at molecular level the effect of different pathologies to fish and shellfish species. Most of the target species have commercial interest in worldwide or Chilean aquaculture and fisheries. Since a few years I am conducting my Ph.D. project at the University of Concepcion (Chile), and lies in the description at genomic and functional levels of the host-recognition process of the marine copepod sea lice which parasites salmonid species, causing major economical and sanitary issues in worldwide aquaculture.

Publications

2011

Salinas-Clarot, K., Gutiérrez, A., Núñez-Acuña, G., Gallardo-Escárate, C. (2011). Molecular characterization and gene expression of ferritin in red abalone (Haliotis rufescens). Journal of Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 30(1): 430-433.
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2012

Lafarga-De la Cruz, F., Núñez-Acuña, G., Gallardo-Escárate, C. (2012). Hybridization between Haliotis rufescens and H. discus hannai: evaluation of fertilization, larval development, growth and thermal tolerance. Aquaculture Research, 2012: 1-15. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2109.2012.03121.x.
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Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Fabian J. Tapia, Pilar A. Haye & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate*. (2012). Gene expression in Mytilus chilensis populations reveals local patterns associated with ocean environmental conditions. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 420-421: 56-64.
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Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Andrea Aguilar-Espinoza, Jacqueline Chávez-Mardones & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate*. (2012). Ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme E2 gene associated with pathogen response in Concholepas concholepas: SNP identification and transcription expression. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 33(4): 1065-1068.
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2013

Gustavo Núñez-Acuña & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2013). Identification of immune-related SNPs in the transcriptome of Mytilus chilensis through high-throughput sequencing. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 35: 1899-1905.
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Gustavo Núñez-Acuña & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2013). The myostatin gene of Mytilus chilensis evidences a high level of polymorphism and ubiquitous transcript expression. Gene, 536: 207-212.
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Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Andrea Aguilar-Espinoza & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2013). Complete mitochondrial genome of Concholepas concholepas inferred by 454 pyrosequencing and mtDNA gene expression of two wild populations. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics, 8(1): 17-23.
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Waleska Maldonado-Aguayo, Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz, Jacqueline Chávez-Mardones & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. Molecular characterization of two kazal-type serine proteinase inhibitor genes in the surf clam Mesodesma donacium exposed to Vibrio anguillarum. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 34(6): 1448-1454.
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Cristian Gallardo-Escárate, Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz. (2013). SNP discovery in the marine gastropod Concholepas concholepas by high-throughput transcriptome sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5(4): 1053-1054.
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Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Ambbar E. Aballay, Allisson P. Astuya & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2013). Transcriptional responses of Mytilus chilensis exposed in vivo to Saxitoxin (STX). Journal of Molluscan Studies, 79(4): 323-321.
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Jacqueline Chávez-Mardones, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz, Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Waleska Maldonado-Aguayo & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2013). Concholepas concholepas Ferritin H-like subunit (CcFer): molecular characterization and single nucleotide polymorphism associated to innate immune response. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 35: 910-917.
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Cristian Gallardo-Escárate, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz, Gustavo Núñez-Acuña & P.A. Haye. (2013). SNP discovery and gene annotation in the surf clam Mesodesma donacium. Aquaculture Research, 46(5), 1175-1187.
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2014

Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2014). Insights into the olfactory system of the ectoparasite Caligus rogercresseyi: molecular characterization and gene transcription analysis of novel ionotropic receptors. Experimental Parasitology, 145: 99-109.
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Cristian Gallardo-Escárate, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz & Gustavo Núñez-Acuña. (2014). RNA-Seq Analysis Using De Novo Transcriptome Assembly as a Reference for the Salmon Louse Caligus rogercresseyi. PLoS ONE, 9(4): e92239.
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Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2014). High-throughput SNP discovery and transcriptome expression profiles from the salmon louse Caligus rogercresseyi (Copepoda: Caligidae). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics, 10: 9-21.
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Cristian Gallardo-Escárate, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz, Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Jacqueline Chávez-Mardones & Waleska Maldonado-Aguayo. (2014). Transcriptome analysis of the couch potato (CPO) protein reveals an expression pattern associated with early development in the salmon louse Caligus rogercresseyi. Gene, 536: 1-8.
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Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz, Gustavo Núñez-Acuña & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2014). Molecular Characterization and Transcription Analysis of P-Glycoprotein Gene from the Salmon Louse Caligus rogercresseyi. Journal of Aquaculture, Reserach & Development, 5: 236, doi: 10.4172/2155-9546.1000236.
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2015

Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Ana T. Gonçalves, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz, Jorge Pino Marambio, Simon Wadsworth & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2015). Transcriptome immunomodulation of in-feed additives in Atlantic salmon Salmo salar infested with sea lice Caligus rogercresseyi. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 47: 450-460.
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Allisson Astuya, Crisleri Carrera, Viviana Ulloa, Ambbar Aballay, Gustavo Nuñez-Acuña, Hélène Hégaret & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2015). Saxitoxin modulates immunological parameters and gene transcription in Mytilus chilensis hemocytes. International Journal of Molecular Science, 2015 (16): 15235-15250.
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Rodolfo Farlora, Gustavo Núñez-Acuña & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2015). Prohibitin-2 gene reveals sex-related differences in the salmon louse Caligus rogercresseyi. Gene, 564 (1): 73-80.
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Gustavo Núñez-Acuña & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. Two novel male-associated peroxinectin genes are downregulated by exposure to delousing drugs in Caligus rogercresseyi. Gene, 557 (1): 98-102.
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Diego Valenzuela-Miranda, Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz, Sassan Asgari & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2015). MicroRNA biogenesis pathway from the salmon louse (Caligus rogercresseyi): Emerging role in delousing drug response. Gene, 555 (2): 231-241.
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2016

Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Sebastian Boltaña & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2016). Pesticides drive stochastic changes in the chemoreception and neurotransmission system of marine ectoparasites. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 17 (6): 700.
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Detree, C., Núñez-Acuña, G., Roberts, S., & Gallardo-Escárate, C. (2016). Uncovering the Complex Transcriptome Response of Mytilus chilensis against Saxitoxin: Implications of Harmful Algal Blooms on Mussel Populations. PloS one, 11(10), e0165231.
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Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Jorge Pino Marambio, Tirza Valenzuela, Simon Wadsworth & Cristian Gallardo-Escárate. (2016). Antimicrobial peptides from Salmon salar skin induce frontal filament development and olfactory/cuticle-related genes in the sea louse Caligus rogercresseyi. Aquaculture, 464 (1): 171-177.
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Núñez-Acuña, G., Vera-Bizama, F., Boltaña, S., Hawes, C., Marambio, J. P., Wadsworth, S., & Gallardo-Escárate, C. (2016). In-feed additives modulate ionotropic receptor genes from the sea louse Caligus rogercresseyi: a comparative analysis in two host salmonid species. Aquaculture, 451, 99-105.
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2017

Gallardo-Escárate, C., Valenzuela-Muñoz, V., Boltaña, S., Nuñez-Acuña, G., Valenzuela-Miranda, D., Gonçalves, A. T., … & Putnam, H. M. (2017). The Caligus rogercresseyi miRNome: Discovery and transcriptome profiling during the sea lice ontogeny. Agri Gene, 4, 8-22.
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Gustavo Núñez-Acuña, Camille Détrée, Cristian Gallardo-Escárate & Ana T. Gonçalves. (2017). Functional Diets Modulate lncRNA-Coding RNAs and Gene Interactions in the Intestine of Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss. Marine Biotechnology, in press.

Détrée, C., Núñez-Acuña, G., Tapia, F., & Gallardo-Escárate, C. (2017). Long non-coding RNAs are associated with spatiotemporal gene expression profiles in the marine gastropod Tegula atra. Marine genomics, in press.

Last updated : 25 May 2017