Dr. Valeria Marasco

Konrad-Lorenz-Institut für Vergleichende Verhaltensforschung
Abteilung Ornithologie
Department für Interdisziplinäre Lebenswissenschaften
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
Savoyenstr. 1a
A-1160 Wien

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Research Interests

My main research interest lies in behavioural ecology and evolutionary physiology. I am particularly interested in understanding endocrine and neuroendocrine pathways through which individuals respond to variable and changing environmental conditions in the context of life history strategies.

My research aims at integrating our knowledge of mechanisms acting on different biological scales, from cellular to the whole-organism level, by using omics approaches as well as molecular and physiological techniques. I am interested in understanding how these mechanisms have been evolved to mediate phenotypic responses and organismal outcomes in the context of reproduction and survival.

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Curriculum Vitae


PhD in Ecology and Environmental Biology, University of Glasgow (UK)

2006-2009 MSc Nature Conservation, University of Florence (Italy)

BSc Natural Sciences, University of Bologna (Italy)

Academic employment

2017-present Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow, Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology (KLIVV), University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria. Supervisor: Prof Leonida Fusani
2013-2016 Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, University of Glasgow (UK), ERC grant “ECOTELO”, PI: Prof. Pat Monaghan.
2013-2009 PhD in Ecology and Environmental Biology, University of Glasgow (UK). Supervisors: Dr. Karen A. Spencer, Dr. Jane Robinson, and Dr. Pawel Herzyk


2017-2019 Understanding adaptations and modulatory drivers of nutritional stress during migration using the European quail as study species.  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF-EF), MIGRADAPT
2013-2016 Impact of protracted stressful conditions on longevity, reproduction, stress physiology, and telomere dynamics and potential inter-generation effects using the zebra finch as study species. ERC grant ECOTELO, PI: Prof. Pat Monaghan
2009-2013 Long-term impact of pre- and/or post-natal exposure to glucocorticoids on stress physiology and neuroendocrine gene expression pathways, using the Japanese quail as study species. Kelvin-Smith PhD Scholarship (University of Glasgow, UK)


2018 Vetmeduni Travel Grant for Young Scientists
2018 Conference Travel Grant, Company of Biologists (COB)
2017-2019 MSCA-IF-2015-EF Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF-EF): MIGRADAPT: an avian model for understanding adaptations and modulatory drivers of avian migration. Supervisor: Prof. Leonida Fusani
2014-2015 Silver Sponsorship (PrimerDesign). Genetic regulation of telomere length in the zebra finch
2014 Conference Travel Grant, Society of Experimental Biology (SEB) and Company of Biologists (COB)
2009-2013 Kelvin-Smith PhD Scholarship (University of Glasgow, UK)
2012 Conference Travel Grant, Society of Experimental Biology (SEB) and Company of Biologists (COB)
2012 Project Grant funded by the British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN) in collaboration with Dr. J. Robinson. Impact of acute stress on triglycerides in the Japanese quail
2008 Conference Travel Grant, Italian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (SIE)

Academic Awards

2016 “Italy Made Me Award 2016” in the Life Sciences (UK)
2012 Young Investigator Award, International Symposium on Avian Endocrinology 2012 (ISAE 2012), 5-9th June, Gifu, Japan


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