Molecular and morphological approach to revealing diversity, taxonomy and life-cycles of larval flukes parasitising in water molluscs

Supervisor: Romualda Petkevičiūtė

Duration: 2013 - 2015


ECIP/ European Centre of IchthyoParasitology (

Supervisors: Aneta Kostadinova, Tomáš Scholz

Duration: 2015 - 2017


Claude Leon Foundation (

Project: Molecules to aid taxonomy and elucidation of life histories of trematode pathogens of wildlife in Ndumo Game Reserve, northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Duration: 2017 - 2018

Post Doc

Biodiversity assessment of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest coastal waters: Species richness and genetic variation of marine parasites and their fish hosts

Projects leader: Dr Olena Kudlai

Postdoc researcher: dr. Camila Pantoja de Oliveira

Postdoc duration: 2020 – 2022

Postdoc No.: 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-19-0182

Changes in global biodiversity have become one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time, facilitated by changes in climate, human activities, pollution and habitat destruction. Brazil supports a considerable portion of the world's biological diversity and its ecosystems play a crucial role in regional and global climate stability. However, our knowledge on the true biodiversity within the country is limited. Thus, the main ideas of the proposed project are to (i) comprehensively assess the diversity of marine parasites, their abundance and community structure in selected fishes occurring within the waters off the coastline of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest and (ii) generate data for future research in the fields of fish parasitology and aquatic veterinary sciences by applying advanced morphological and molecular techniques. Together with baselines of trematode diversity, molecular data of their economically important fish hosts (families Carangidae, Sciaenidae and Scombridae) will be generated. The project will result in (i) much needed reliable data on species diversity and genetic variation of marine parasites and their fish hosts in Brazil and (ii) the professional development of an early-career researcher through obtaining novel skills, broadening the current knowledge base and establishing a professional network. Furthermore, the data obtained during the project will be used for future global biodiversity conservation programs and in risk assessments of the zoonotic potential of the detected fish parasites.