Research Interests

​My main research interests focus on the molecular, cellular and physiological responses of marine fish to the climate changes and to environmental and anthropogenic stressors. I also focus my research on aspects related with the improvement of growth and quality traits in the promising aquaculture fish species in the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia. I am particularly interested on the immunomodulatory effects of ultraviolet radiation (UV) in fish at different development stages.

The main objective of our ongoing project in KAUST is to characterize the general mechanisms underlying the molecular and cellular changes related to the immunomodulatory effects of UV exposure in fish, particularly those with a potential for aquaculture along the Red Sea coast. In this study, we pretend to answer some of the following questions: What are the molecular mechanisms underlying the immunodulatory effects of UV-B exposure in fish? How these immunodulatory effects are related to physiological and metabolic changes, and how these affects the fish survival and growth? Does the resistance of fish to specific pathogens decreases after exposure to UV radiation?
We also pretend to address the synergistic interaction between UV radiation and other environmental stressors. 


Selected Publications

  • Oral bioaccessibility of toxic and essential elements in raw and cooked commercial seafood species available in Eur...
    Ricardo N.Alves, Ana L.Maulvault, Vera L. Barbosa, Margarita Fernande-Tejedor, Alice Tedio...
    Food Chemistry , (2017)
  • Duplicate deiodinase 3 genes in teleost fish and their role during Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus) met...
    Ricardo N. Alves, J.C.R. Cardoso, T. Harboe, R. Martins, B. Norberg, D.M. Power
    Molecular Cell Endocrinology, (2017)
  • Preliminary assessment on the bioaccessibility of contaminants of emerging concern in raw and cooked seafood
    Ricardo N. Alves, Ana L. Maulvault, Vera L. Barbosa, Sara Cunha, Christiaan Kwadijk, Diana...
    Food and Chemistry Toxicology, (2017)
  • Assessing the effects of seawater temperature and pH on the bioaccumulation of emerging chemical contaminants in ma...
    Ana L.Maulvault, Carolina Camacho, Vera L. Barbosa, Ricardo N. Alves, Patricia Anacleto, F...
    Environ Res , (2017)
  • In vitro bioaccessibility of the marine biotoxins okadaic acid, dinophysistoxin-2 and their 7-O-acyl fatty acid est...
    Diana Manita, Ricardo N. Alves, Ana Catarina Braga, Fabiola H.S. Fogaça, António Marques, ...
    Food and Chemistry Toxicology, (2017)
  • Ecophysiological responses of juvenile seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) exposed to increased temperature and dietary ...
    Ana Luísa Maulvault, VeraBarbosa, Ricardo N. Alves, Ana Custódio, Patrícia Anacleto, Tiago...
    Science of The Total Environment, (2017)
  • The transcriptome of metamorphosing flatfish
    Ricardo N. Alves & A.S. Gomes, K. Stueber, M.A.S. Thorne, H.Smáradóttir, R. Reinhard, M.S....
    BMC Genomics, (2016)
  • Orchestrating change: The thyroid hormones and GI-tract development in flatfish metamorphosis
    A.S. Gomes, Ricardo N. Alves, I. Rønnestad, D.M. Power
    General and Comparative Endocrinology, (2015)
  • Transcriptome of the Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)
    Ricardo N Alves & Ana S Gomes, Kurt Stueber, Michael A Thorne, Heiddis Smaradottir, Richar...
    Marine Genomics, (2014)
  • Metabolic molecular indicators of chronic stress in gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) using comparative proteomics
    Ricardo N. Alves, Cordeiro O, Silva TS, Richard N, Vareilles M, Marino G, Di Marco P, Rodr...
    Aquaculture, (2010)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Biological Sciences - Molecular Biology, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, 2017 
  • M.Sc., Marine Biology - Marine Biotechnology, University of Algarve, Faro, 2008
  • B.Sc., Marine Biology, University of Algarve, Faro, 2006 


Professional Profile

  • ​2017-Present: Research Specialist, Postdoc, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 
  • 2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Biology Group (CEIB), Center of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
  • 2015-2017: Research Fellow, Division of Aquaculture and Upgrading (DivAV), Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2011-2015: PhD Student Fellow, Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Biology Group (CEIB), Center of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal 
  • 2009-2011: Research Fellow, Comparative Endocrinology and Integrative Biology Group (CEIB), Center of Marine Sciences (CCMAR), University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal


KAUST Affiliations

  • Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science & Engineering Division (BESE)​​