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Research Interests

  • Lipid dynamics during maturation in freshwater eels
  • Drivers of semelparity in salmonids
  • Endocrine control of oogenesis
  • Involvement of androgens in female reproduction
  • Osmoregulation in teleosts


Postgraduate Students

  • Lucila Babio (PhD, Zoology) - Vitellogenesis in the shortfinned eel, Anguilla australis: physiology of vitellogenin uptake and its receptor(s).
  • Sisitha Ramachandra (PhD, Zoology) - The effect of different hormones and the changes in the molecular bases of fresh water eels during silvering.
  • Erica Donlon (MSc, Marine Science) - Growth, developmental rates, and ageing methods of the midget octopus Octopus huttoni.


Babio, L., Damsteegt, E. L., & Lokman, P. M. (2023). Lipoprotein receptors in ovary of eel, Anguilla australis: Molecular characterisation of putative vitellogenin receptors. Fish Physiology & Biochemistry, 49, 117-137. doi: 10.1007/s10695-023-01169-6 Journal - Research Article

Muncaster, S., Goikoetxea, A., Lokman, P. M., De Farias e Moraes, C. E., Damsteegt, E. L., Edgecombe, J., Gemmell, N. J., & Todd, E. V. (2023). Genes involved in sex differentiation, epigenetic reprogramming, and cell fate regulate sex change in a wrasse. Reviews in Fish Biology & Fisheries. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11160-022-09755-2 Journal - Research Article

Nguyen, A. T., Dao, H. T., Quang, H. T., Hagihara, S., Lokman, P. M., & Damsteegt, E. L. (2022). Genetic Diversity and Population Structure of the Giant Mottled Eel, Anguilla marmorata Quoy & Gaimard, 1824 in Central Vietnam. Fishes, 7, 286. doi: 10.3390/fishes7050286 Journal - Research Article

Babio, L., Damsteegt, E. L., Akhavan, S. R., & Lokman, M. (2022). The biology of making an egg: A fish's perspective. In A. E.-D. A. Bekhit (Ed.), Fish roe: Biochemistry, products, and safety. (pp. 19-40). London, UK: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-819893-3.00003-5 Chapter in Book - Research

Nguyen, A. T., Damsteegt, E. L., Chia, J. H. Z., Kazeto, Y., & Lokman, P. M. (2022). Effects of gonadotropins, 11-ketotestosterone, and insulin-like growth factor-1 on target gene expression and growth of previtellogenic oocytes from shortfinned eels, Anguilla australis, in vitro. Fish Physiology & Biochemistry, 48, 853-867. doi: 10.1007/s10695-022-01090-4 Journal - Research Article

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