Valeria Marasco, PhD

Senior Post-Doc

Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Vetmeduni), Vienna, Austria

My research broadly investigates the physiological mechanisms of energy homeostasis underpinning life-history strategies of vertebrates. I am fascinated and have a specific interest in the effects of early-life experiences on subsequent life stages and on their implications in shaping seasonal rhythms, stress-coping strategies, reproductive success and survival. To achieve a deeper mechanistic understanding of such programming effects, I strive to integrate tools and methods from molecular physiology (transcriptomics and analyses of functional pathways), neuroendocrinology and redox biology (analyses of hormones, neurohormones, and markers of oxidative stress), telomere biology, and more recently, physiological energetics involved in movement ecology (infra-red sensors and accelerometers). I mostly work in birds and enjoy collaborating with other biologists and veterinarians working on different vertebrates, including mammals.

My main research projects since I joined the Fusani lab:

Ongoing project (2020-): How does environmental stress modulate migratory strategies? Funded by a Lise Meitner Individual Fellowship from the Austrian Science Funds FWF.

Previous project (2017-2019): An avian model for understanding adaptations and modulatory drivers of avian migration. Funded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, grant N: 704582 MIGRADAPT.

Please visit my research blog if you would like to know more about my previous and ongoing research 🙂

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