Dr Josephine Nocillado

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Dr Josephine Nocillado

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Research areas

  • fish reproductive physiology and endocrinology
  • aquaculture biotechnology
  • molecular biology

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Dr Josephine Nocillado’s research is focused towards understanding the molecular, hormonal and environmental regulation of reproduction in fish, with application in the culture of commercially important species and implication on hormone-related diseases. Josephine investigates the suite of genes that regulate sex differentiation, onset of puberty and spawning of fish in captivity. The Kiss genes and their receptors, which are the major regulators of the reproductive axis, are amongst her current research areas. She is also involved in developing a sustainable aquaculture technology for the giant grouper as well as breeding of Yellowtail Kingfish and Southern Bluefin Tuna. Overall, her projects aim to develop non-invasive and environmentally friendly approaches in manipulating gonadal development and reproduction in finfish. Josephine utilises a range of physiological and molecular techniques (in vitro and in vivo) in her research work.

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Oral delivery of bioactive compounds in fish
  • Giant grouper reproductive biology
  • Recombinant peptides

Research grants

Project nameInvestigator(s)Funding bodyYear AmountFocus

Developing technologies for giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) aquaculture in Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia

Professor A Elizur, Dr R Knuckey, Associate Professor W Knibb, Dr J Nocillado, Dr N H Ninh, Dr F Ayson

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

2014-2018

$1,673

Phase 2: Understand reproductive biology of giant grouper including sex reversal; explore surrogate technology to seed production; apply genetic approaches to broodstock management

The effect of light on gonadal differentiation in tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus)

Professor A Elizur, Dr J Nocillado

Once Innovations, Inc., USA

2014

$13,000

Determine the effect of light of specific wavelength on aromatase activity

Broodstock and genetic management of Southern Bluefin Tuna and Yellowtail Kingfish

Professor A Elizur, Associate Professor W Knibb, Dr Nocillado, Mr M Diechmann

Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)

2010-2014

$395,000

Genetic selection and spawning manipulation

Controlling giant grouper maturation, spawning and juvenile production in Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia

Professor A Elizur, Dr R Knuckey, Dr Nocillado, Dr N H Ninh, Dr F Ayson

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

2011-2013

$146,000

Phase 1: Preliminary collaborative work

The advancement of reproductive development in Southern Bluefin Tuna using hormonal manipulations of kisspeptin, the gatekeeper of puberty

Professor A Elizur, Dr Nocillado

Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)

2008-2012

$420,000

Applied kisspeptins in stimulating gonadal development in pre-pubertal fish

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