Animal physiological ecology (Prof. Giulianini)

Piero G. Giulianini

Associate professor in Zoology (BIO/05)
Tel. +39 040 558 8715
Q building, third floor, Via Giorgieri 5



Piero Giulianini is Associate Professor in Zoology at the University of Trieste.

Professor Giulianini has a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Trieste. He had his research training at Gatty Marine Laboratory, St. Andrews University, United Kingdom, under the supervision of Prof. M. Bentley.

His research interest focuses on the mechanisms underlying the control of growth, reproduction and stress responses in crustaceans. In recent years the research has focused on the development of innovative methods for the management and control of populations of alien invasive crayfish species like the red swamp crayfish, Procambarus clarkii.

The results achieved include:

  • the identification of the key role of the Crustacean Hyperglycemic Hormone (CHH) in the cascade of reactions to various stresses;
  • the identification of domains crucial for biological activity of CHH;
  • the demonstration of the role of post-translational changes (c-terminal amidation and isomerization of amino acid residues) for the proper activity and functional diversification of the CHH;
  • the chemical synthesis of neuropeptides with functionality comparable to that of natives;
  • the plasticity of reproductive cycle of the red swamp crayfish;
  • the set up of new methods for the oral delivery of bio-active peptides in crustaceans.

The chemical synthesis of crustacean eye-stalk neuro-peptides, fully functional in vivo, and the set up of methods for their administration via baits opens new scenarios for the managing of the alien invasive crustacean species.

Professor Giulianini has published more than 60 papers in international scientific journals.



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