Estefania Paredes received her education at the University of Vigo, Spain (B.S.c Marine Science 2008, MSc 2010). She obtained her PhD in the topic “Cryopreservation of marine invertebrate early life stages: applications in marine water quality assessment and aquaculture” in 2014, after which she completed a 2 years of postdoctoral research in Mazur´s lab at the University of Tennessee, USA 2016. She was appointed head of the Functional Preservation of Marine Biological Resources Service of ECIMAT, University of Vigo in 2017, where she is leading a young group of graduate and PhD students doing research in cryopreservation of marine cells.
Presentation: Marine invertebrate cryopreservation: Past, present and future.
Summary: Marine organisms had been exceptional model organisms in several research fields. Cryopreservation of marine organisms has very important applications in basic research but also in aquaculture, conservation, ecotoxicology and fisheries management. The increasing discovery of species, the increasing research on the biology of marine organisms, and the applications resulting from that research should be accompanied by an increase in the number of species being cryopreserved. Factors like the lack of knowledge about the reproduction and physiology of many of these organisms, unknown genomes and transcriptomes, the sensitivity to CPAs, the short-time availability of gametes due to reproductive seasonality are factors that had constrained the development of cryopreservation protocols. I would address here some experimental results, the remaining technical constraints, and the immediate future of marine invertebrate cryopreservation.