IMPRESS – Improved production strategies for endangered freshwater species

Fifteen PhD students are employed by the IMPRESS Marie Curie Initial Training Network. IMPRESS emphasizes a cross-disciplinary approach to provide these young researchers with the appropriate practical skills and conceptual knowledge to confidently switch between different areas of expertise.

Marie Curie Fellows

Aurora Campo

Aurora Campo

Aurora Campo works as a PhD student at the Muséum National d´Historie Naturelle in the group of Sylvie Dufour. Her project aims to characterize novel brain neuropeptides and their receptors in European eel, with a special focus on conserved duplicated genes.

Benjamin Böhm

Benjamin Böhm

Benjamin Böhm works as a PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the group of Berta Levavi-Sivan. He studies different endocrine parameters associated with synchronization of puberty and gonadal sex differentiation in sturgeon.


Ishwar Atre

Ishwar Atre

Ishwar Atre works as a PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the group of Berta Levavi-Sivan. He studies the biochemistry of gonadotropin-neuropeptide interactions along the HPG axis and their effect on the reproductive system in sturgeons.


Abdul Rasheed Baloch

Abdul Rasheed Baloch

Abdul Rasheed Baloch works as a PhD student at the University of South Bohemia under supervision of Martin Psenicka in the group of Otomar Linhart. His project focuses on identification, characterization, isolation, cryopreservation and transplantation of germ stem cells with special attention to sturgeons.

Christoffer Rozenfeld

Christoffer Rozenfeld

Christoffer Rozenfeld works as a PhD student at the Universitat Polytèchnica de València in the group of Juan F. Asturiano. His main objective is to develop innovative methods for induction of male maturation and determination of sperm quality biomarkers in European eel.

Juan Germán Herranz Jusdado

Juan Germán Herranz Jusdado

Juan Germán Herranz Jusdado works as a PhD student at the Universitat Polytèchnica de València in the group of Juan F. Asturiano. His project aims to improve the techniques for sperm quality evaluation and cryobanking in European eel.

Carina Caldeira Cardoso

Carina Caldeira Cardoso

Carina Caldeira Cardoso works at PROiSER under supervision of Carles Soler and is enrolled in the PhD programme at the University of Valencia. Her work focuses on the improvement of CASA (Computer Assisted Semen Analysis) systems applied to study the morphology and kinematics of spermatozoa from eel, salmon and sturgeon.

Sahana Gowda

Sahana Gowda

Sahana Gowda works as a PhD student at the University of South Bohemia under supervision of Martin Flajshans in the group of Otomar Linhart. She works with hybridization of sturgeons, utilizing DNA profiling to enable accurate parentage identification and direct comparison of groups.


Carlos Espirito Santo

Carlos Espirito Santo

Carlos Espirito Santo works at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries under supervision of Sven Würtz. His project focuses on trait-related optimization of hatchery technology to improve fitness and stocking efficiency in sturgeon.


Daan Mes

Daan Mes

Daan Mes works as a PhD student at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences under supervision of Ian Mayer. He works with optimization of hatchery technology to improve fitness through increased cognitive ability and increased post-release survival in Atlantic salmon.


Mitchell Fleming

Mitchell Fleming

Mitchell Fleming works at Conservatorie National du Saumon Sauvage, and is enrolled in the PhD programme at the Muséum National d´Historie Naturelle under supervision of Sylvie Dufour. His project aims to study the environmental and neuroendocrine control of metamorphosis and swimming activity in long-river (Loire-Allier axis) Atlantic salmon.

Elia Ciani

Elia Ciani

Elia Ciani works as a PhD student at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in the group of Finn-Arne Weltzien. His project concerns the regulation of early stages of puberty in Atlantic salmon, with special focus on the detailed properties and regulation of the endocrine cells in the salmon pituitary.



Elena Santidrián Yebra-Pimentel

Elena Santidrián Yebra-Pimentel

Elena Santidrián Yebra-Pimentel works at ZF-Screens under supervision of Ron Dirks, and is enrolled in the PhD programme at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. This project utilizes new sequencing technology to obtain the complete genome sequence of European sturgeon.

Hannah Harrison

Hannah Harrison

Hannah Harrison works as a PhD student at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences under supervision of Øystein Aas. Her project addresses questions concerning how key stakeholders in fisheries conservation view novel technological approaches to production of stocking material for the enhancement of wild stocks of salmon, sturgeon and eel.


Sophia Kochalski

Sophia Kochalski

Sophia Kochalski works as a PhD student at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries under supervision of Robert Arlinghaus. Her project aims to improve the understanding of the economic benefits of ongoing restoration and conservation of Atlantic salmon, European eel and sturgeon in Europe.