Prof. Marco SAROGLIA

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Name: Marco Saroglia (Prof.)
Born: Villarbasse (Torino, I), 14.07.1945
Nationality: Italian
Present position: "Full Professor" on “Aquaculture” at the University of Insubria, Varese, Italy
Degree in Biology from University of Turin, obtained in 1973; third level obtained in 1982 from University of Pavia, as Specialist in General Pathology with a thesis on Brown Blood Disease in Sea Bass.
Scientific and Academic career:
From 1970 to 1989, scientist at progressive positions, up to manager of the Biology and Biological Technologies Office, at the Centre for Thermal and Nuclear Researches, Studies and Researches Department of the National Electricity Board of Italy (ENEL), in Milan. In February 1989 was called by the University of Basilicata as Associated Professor, to cover the chair of Physiology of Domestic Animals. In November 1993 was called again by the same University, as Ordinary Professor for the chair of Aquaculture; from 1994 through 1998 was in charge as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture. Since 1999 through 2000 has been Chairman of a PhD. D. course on “Zootechnic Sciences”. On October 2001 was called by University of Insubria in Varese, where teaches Aquaculture, Ichthyology, Animal Biotechnology and Etology, chairing the PhD school on Assessment, Management and Protection of the Biodiversity

Prof. Saroglia started his career on 1970, as scientist at the Thermal and Nuclear Research Centre of the National Electricity Board of Italy (ENEL) He was involved in studies on the fields of Radioecology, Toxicology and Ecotoxicology, EIA. In particular his activity was focused on the study of the impacts of electric power plants on fish and on aquatic ecosystems, including the effects of nuclear and thermal pollution, antifouling residual, gas oversaturation. At this time he developed also analytical methodologies and new experimental approaches in aquatic ecotoxicology. From 1980 through 1989 he managed a national project having the goal to develop technologies for the utilization of thermal effluent in aquaculture, where several University Research Units where involved. Solutions to face the need of the fish farms to the operative protocols of the power plants were studied and applied. He carried out studies on the controlled reproduction and first feeding of marine fish, developing innovative technologies for marine as well for freshwater fish species. Innovative farming technologies have been developed, including pure oxygen applications in intensive land-based farming. Within such a large national project, the core of prof. Saroglia’s studies were the physiopathological aspects connected with intensive technologies for the ongrowing fish through the marketable size, including the problems of catabolites, environmental pathologies, fish stress and welfare.  From 1989, in service at University of Basilicata, prof. Saroglia continued his studies on the minimization of internal and external impacts of aquaculture, focusing his interests on aspects related to fish stress and physiopathology, nutritional aspects, with particular attention to the role of vitamin C. Studies directed to the minimization of the environmental impact of aquaculture on receiving water bodies, were part of the scientific production of prof. Saroglia in this period. After moving to the University of Insubria in Varese, on 2001 through nowadays, he worked on the development of appropriated bases on molecular biology and functional genomics, to assess and optimise fish welfare and nutrigenomic aspects. Studies on biotechnological applications to minimize/recover the environmental impacts of aquaculture have been recently carried on. Complexively, the scientific activity is documented in about 200 publications on specialised journals and meetings reports.

Special Expertises
His special expertises are on the fields of advanced technologies applied to Aquaculture in respect to the environment and the fish welfare. Farming of salmonids and euryhaline fish (eel, sea bass, sea bream), including hatchery, lagoons exploitment, molecular biology applications in physiopathological studies, are among the main expertises of prof. Saroglia.

Other experiences:
He participated, on 2000-2002, on the elaboration of EMAS protocols for Aquaculture; partecipated as active partners to EU network projects as: AQUAFLOW, AQUALEX, AFAT NET. He also coordinate a 3 years EU projects related internal impacts of aquaculture, with Heriott Watt University of Edinburgh as partner and a COPERNICUS II project on fish nutritional aspect with HAKI (Szarvas, Hungary).  A 3 year strategic POM project (EU collaboration with regions) for the development of Aquaculture in Southern Italy inland waters has been coordinated by prof. Saroglia and ended on 2002.  He also coordinated national research projects on farming environment, fish welfare, special husbandry, water quality control, nutrition and fish applied physiology in aquaculture.

In the role of expert in Aquaculture development, he participates as FAO expert to missions in Syria and in Thailand; for the Italian Government, in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Albania and Iran. From 1986, until 1994, he served on the Board of Directors of the European Aquaculture Society. Member of the European Council of AQUA TT, operating on EC COMETT, Leonardo, Marie Curie programmes.  Member of a TEMPUS project developing new university courses in Albania, including a BC and a Master in Aquaculture. From 2007, elected Director of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS).

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