Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2020
    Full Professor (CSIC)

  • 2006 – 2020
    Full Researcher (CSIC)

  • 1996 – 2006
    Tenured Researcher (CSIC)

  • 1993 – 1995
    PostDoc researcher under contract at IATS (CSIC)

  • 1992 – 1993
    PostDoc fellow at the University of Guelph (Canada)

  • 1991
    PhD (Cum Laude) from the University of Barcelona

  • 1988 – 1991
    FPI Predoc Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education, at Institute of Aquaculture Torre de la Sal (IATS, CSIC)

  • 1980 – 1985
    Degree in Biological Sciences, University of Barcelona

  • 1962
    Born, Barcelona (Spain)

Selected publications

  • Picard-Sánchez, A., Estensoro, I., Del Pozo, R., Palenzuela, O., Piazzon, M.C., Sitjà-Bobadilla, A. 2020. Water temperature, time of exposure and population density are key parameters in Enteromyxum leei fish-to-fish experimental transmission. Journal of Fish Diseases, 43: 491-502.

  • Piazzon, M.C., Mladineo, I., Naya-Català, F., Dirks, R.P., Jong-Raadsen, S., Vrbatović, A., Hrabar, J., Pérez-Sánchez, J., Sitjà-Bobadilla, A. 2019. Acting locally – affecting globally: RNA sequencing of gilthead sea bream with a mild Sparicotyle chrysophrii infection reveals effects on apoptosis, immune and hypoxia related genes. BMC Genomics, 20:200.

  • Piazzon, M.C., Del Pozo, R., Calduch-Giner, J., Picard, A., Estensoro, I., Pérez-Sánchez, J. Sitjà-Bobadilla, A. 2018. Hints on T cell responses in a fish-parasite model: Enteromyxum leei induces differential expression of T cell signature molecules depending on the organ and the infection status. Parasites & Vectors, 11:443 doi: 10.1186/s13071-018-3007-1.

  • Piazzon, M.C., Calduch-Giner, J.A., Fouz, B., Estensoro, I. Simó-Mirabet, P., Puyalto, M., Karalazos, V., Palenzuela, O., Sitjà-Bobadilla, A., Pérez-Sánchez, J. 2017. Under control: how a dietary additive can restore the gut microbiome and proteomic profile, and improve disease resilience in a marine teleostean fish fed vegetable diets. BMC Microbiome, 5 (164):18-23.

  • Sitjà-Bobadilla, A., Oidtmann, B. 2017. Integrated pathogen management strategies. Chapter 5: 119-144. In: “Fish Diseases: Prevention and Control Strategies”. Ed. Galina Jeney. Academic Press. ISBN: 9780128045640, 278 pp.

  • Sitjà-Bobadilla, A., Estensoro, I., Pérez-Sanchez, J. 2016. Immunity to gastrointestinal microparasites of fish. Dev. Comp. Immunol., 64:187-201.

  • Piazzon, M.C., Galindo-Villegas, J., Pereiro, P., Estensoro, I., Calduch-Giner., J.A, Gómez-Casado, E., Novoa, B., Mulero, V., Sitjà-Bobadilla, A, Pérez-Sánchez, J. 2016. Differential modulation of IgT and IgM upon parasitic, bacterial, viral and dietary challenges in a perciform fish. Front. Immunol., 7: 637.

  • Torruella, G., De Mendoza, A., Grau-Bové, X., Donachie, S., Pérez-Cordón, G., Sitjà-Bobadilla, A., Paley, R., Manohar, C.S., Nichols, K., Eme, L., Del Campo, J., Ruiz-Trillo, I. 2015. Phylogenomics Reveals Convergent Evolution of Lifestyles in Close Relatives of Animals and Fungi. Current Biology 25: 2404-2410.

  • Palenzuela, O., Redondo, M.J., Cali, A., Takovrian, P., Alonso-Naveiro, M., Alvarez-Pellitero, P., Sitjà-Bobadilla, A. 2014. A new intranuclear microsporidium, Enterospora nucleophila n. sp., causing emaciative syndrome in a piscine host (Sparus aurata L.), prompts the redescripction of the family Enterocytozoonidae. Int. J. Parasitol., 44:189-203.

  • Calduch-Giner, J.A, Sitjà-Bobadilla, A., Davey, G.C., Cairns, M.T., Kaushik, S., Pérez-Sánchez, J. 2012. Dietary vegetable oils do not alter the intestine transcriptome of gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata), but modulate the transcriptomic response to infection with Enteromyxum leei. BMC Genomics, 13: 470.

  • SITJÀ-BOBADILLA, A. 2009. Can myxosporean parasites compromise fish and amphibian reproduction?. Proc. Roy. Soc. London B 276: 2861-2870

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • SpariControl: Nuevas estrategias para el control de las infecciones por Sparicotyle chrysophrii en la acuicultura mediterránea. FUNDING ORGANISM: MICIUN, RTI2018-098664-B-100. Principal investigator. FUNDING: 240,548 €, 2019-2022

  • PARAFISHCONTROL (Advanced tools and Research Strategies for Parasite Control in European farmed fish), FUNDING ORGANISM: UE, H2020, Call SFS-2014-2ª, GA no. 634429-2. Project Coordinator, NUMBER PARTNERS: 28. TOTAL FUNDING: 7.8 million €, 2015 – 2020

  • Aplicación y transferencia de nuevos conocimientos para la mejora de la nutrición y la salud de especies marinas cultivadas, FUNDING ORGANISM: Generalitat Valenciana, programa Prometeo para la realización de proyectos de I+D para grupos de investigación de excelencia, Fase II; 2014/085. Principal Investigator. FUNDING: 104,255 €, 2014 – 2017

  • Caracterización de las enteritis y de los agentes que las inducen en la dorada: aproximación nutricional y parasitológica, FUNDING ORGANISM: MINECO, modalidad Retos nº: AGL2013-48560-C2-2-R. Principal Investigator. FUNDING: 225,000 €, 2014 – 2018

  • AQUAEXCEL (AQUAculture infrastructures for EXCELlence in fish research)

    FUNDING ORGANISM: UE, 7 PM, INVESTIGADOR COORDINADOR: INRA (Francia). Principal Investigator of CSIC. FUNDING for IATS: 490,300 €, 2011 – 2015

  • Desarrollo y aplicación de herramientas biotecnológicas, moleculares y analíticas para la mejora de la nutrición y la salud de los peces cultivados, en un escenario de cambio global. FUNDING ORGANISM: Generalitat Valenciana, programa Prometeo para grupos de investigación de excelencia. Principal Investigator. FUNDING: 191,130 €, 2010 – 2013

  • Control of enteromyxoses of turbot and sparids. New approaches based on antigenic, genetic and structural characterisation of the parasites and the host-parasite interaction. FUNDING ORGANISM: MICINN, AGL2009-13282-C02-01. Principal Investigator and coordinator of 2 subprojects. FUNDING: 290,400 €, 2010 – 2013

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Col.legi Oficial de Biòlegs de Catalunya

  • European Association of Fish Pathologists

  • Myxozoan Network:

  • Anisakis group: MAPAMA

Referee activities

  • For national agencies and governments: AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya), Fundacion BBVA, Xunta de Galicia, AVAP (Agencia Valenciana d’Avaluació i Prospectiva), AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya), Fundacion BBVA, Xunta de Galicia, Junta de Andalucía, Agencia per a la qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Cataluña (AQU Cat), Agencia de Certificación de Innovación Española (ACIE).

  • For international agencies and governments: International Foundation for Science (IFS), FONCYT (Argentina), King Saud University (Arabia Saudí), United States-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD), Israel Science Foundation (ISF), Czech Science Foundation, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Auburn University (Alabama, USA), European Science Foundation (ESF), Australian Governme, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FTC, Portugal), The Research Council of Norway

  • Reviewer profile:

Media coverage

  • ParaFishControl results at youtube channel:

Press releases










Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Multidisciplinary approach and capacity to integrate different research topics.

  • Determined effort to communicate and disseminate the research results not only to the scientific community, but also to the different stakeholders, through numerous participations in national and international conferences, chairing of sessions, and organization of events, books and leaflets.

  • Capacity to coordinate different groups and large consortia.


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