Dr Tomer Ventura

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Dr Tomer Ventura


Teaching areas

  • Aquaculture
  • Genetics
  • Invertebrate Biology and Ecology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biotechnology

Research areas

  • Aquaculture Biotechnology
  • Comparative Endocrinology
  • Sexual Determination and Differentiation
  • Development and Metamorphosis

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Dr Tomer Ventura pioneered the application of single gene silencing to induce fully functional sex change in crustaceans. This has wide application for practicing Monosex Population Culture (all-male or all-female), which has tremendous value for the entire aquaculture industry. This is the first application of gene silencing in aquaculture.

Dr Ventura’s molecular expertise is vital in translating novel basic scientific results into applicable biotechnologies. Dr Ventura is leading a group dedicated to better understand the molecular mechanism underlying crustacean masculinity and metamorphosis and is participating in an attempt to understand the genetic cause for vertebrae deformitiesand flesh colour variation in salmon.

Patents and Awards

1. Vice Chancellor and President’s Award for Excellence in Research, University of the Sunshine Coast 2014.
2. Best Early Career Research Presentation Award, University Research Week, University of the Sunshine Coast    
3. A travel grant to the 12th Congress of the International Society of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development,
    Prague, Czech Republic 2010.
4. Sagi, A., Aflalo E.D. and Ventura T., 2010 Sex selection and management of prawns and systems and uses
    thereof (provisional PCT priority: 29 July 2010).
5. Sagi, A. and Ventura T., 2008. RNA silencing of insulin-like gene in prawn and uses thereof. PCT/IL2009/000127
    (priority: 4 February 2008).

Research projects

Project name Investigator(s) Funding body Amount Year
Analysis of the rock lobster transparent metamorphic clock enables redefining the molecular mechanism underlying crustacean metamorphosis Dr Tomer Ventura, Dr Quinn P. Fitzgibbon Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project DP160103320 $150,000 2016-2018
Growth and reproduction enhancement in the tiger prawn Penaeus monodon Prof Abigail Elizur, Dr Tomer Ventura, A/Prof Wayne Knibb Contract with the largest tiger prawn farm in Madagascar 150,000 2015-2018
Understanding skeletal deformities in salmonids, effects of farm setting and genetic background on prevalence Prof Abigail Elizur, Dr Tomer Ventura, Dr Ryan Wilkinson Fisheries Research and Development Corporation $150,000 2015-2018
Understanding masculinity, the crustacean way Dr Tomer Ventura Australian Research Council (ARC) - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) $371,800 2013-2015
Multigenic succession through metamorphosis: uncover the molecular mechanism Dr Tomer Ventura, Prof Abigail Elizur, A/Prof Stephen Battaglene, A/Prof Wayne Knibb and Prof Amir Sagi University of the Sunshine Coast - University Research Grant $10,000 2012-2014
Generating monosex populations through gene silencing in the redclaw yabby Cherax quadricarinatus Dr Yosi Aizen, Prof Abigail Elizur, Dr Tomer Ventura University of the Sunshine Coast - University Research Grant $13,170 2014-2016
Assessment of Eye Regeneration in Crustaceans Prof Abigail Elizur, Dr Michael Stewart, Dr Tomer Ventura Lions Eye Institute $16,500 2012-2014
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