The Department of Zoology and Center for Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Aquatic Sciences at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale are seeking a highly motivated MS student to conduct a study on fish nutrition. This project will specifically look at ways to substitute live food commonly used in larval fish rearing with formulated diets based on novel amino acid forms. The study will assess growth performance and survival of larval fish as well as nutritional composition of fish tissues, and expression of various genes involved in amino acid metabolism in larval fish. The results of this research will generate the foundation for understanding how novel dietary protein replacement in feeds affects physiological, transcriptomic, and metabolic responses of larval fish. This foundation will provide the US industry with knowledge and tools to reduce the reliance on live food by developing successful efficiently utilized feeds for larval fish that will ultimately contribute to sustainable fish production systems in the US and worldwide.

Potential student should have BS in Animal Science or related field and GPA > 3.2. Previous research experience in a lab is highly desirable. Student will be expected to work independently and collaboratively. Anyone interested in this opportunity please contact Dr. Karolina Kwasek: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Karolina Kwasek, PhD

Assistant Professor

1125 Lincoln Drive - Room 251

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, 62901

Tel. 618-453-2890<>