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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Dr Luca Peruzza BSc, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Luca Peruzza is a Research Fellow in Invertebrate Ecophysiology and Immunology within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BSc Biology, University of Trieste, Italy (2011)
MSc Marine Biology, University of Pisa, Italy (2013)
PhD Marine Biology, University of Southampton (2018)

Research interests


  • Physiology and immunology of marine invertebrates
  • Bioinformatics

Luca Peruzza is a marine ecophysiologist with expertise in assessing how natural drivers impact the ecophysiology and immunology of marine invertebrates. He studied the biology and physiology of the alien species Procambarus clarkii (the Louisiana crayfish) trying to understand its biological success in European ecosystems and trying to develop new methods to control the spread of this species in Europe. He studied the effects of cyclic hypoxia on the ecophysiology of the Atlantic ditch shrimp Palaemon varians at different levels of biological organisation from molecular studies of changes in its transcriptome and in gene expression to assays of whole organisms physiology.

Ongoing research activity includes:

  1. DNA metabarcoding studies in order to monitor over time reef fish communities around Bermuda.
  2. Transcriptomics studies in order to characterise host-virus interactions in farmed decapod crustaceans infected with White Spot Syndrome Virus - WSSV (Newton Global Research Partnership in Aquaculture, PAConDAA project).

Related links

PAConDAA (Poverty Alleviation through Control of Disease in Asian Aquaculture)

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

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Dr Luca Peruzza
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room number: NOCS/566/05
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