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Dr Ana Rodiles Guerrero

Associate Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences (Faculty of Science & Environment)


Research and Teaching. 


PhD cum laude (distinction) - "Use of macronutrients infeeds for juvenile Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis Kaup 1858)”.University of Cadiz (Spain).

ResM- "Aquaculture and Fisheries" International Master. OPAM,Interreg III A (European Founds). University of Cádiz. 600hours.  Master Thesis: “Influenceof net coverage in the fattening of the Manila clam (Ruditapes philippinarumAdams & Reeve, 1850) cultured in the intertidal zone at highdensity”. 

BSc- Marine Sciences. University of Cádiz (Spain).

Professional membership

Aquatic Animal Nutritionand Health Research Group.

"Cultivos marinos yrecursos pesqueros" Research group (AGR-247).International Campus of Excellence of the Sea (CEIMAR)

World Aquaculture Society

Society for AppliedMicrobiology

Teaching interests

Areas of interest:

Microbiology, gut health and nutrition

Probiotics and prebiotics in aquatic animals





- DIET114,BIOL110 - Food microbiology

- BIOM3019,3029, 5008 - Clinical Microbiology

- BIOM2020- Infection and Immunity and Disease

- BIOL2302- Genetic Continuity and Diversity 

- BIOL113- Evolution and the Microbial World

Research interests

General: Gut healthand microbiome composition. Bioinformatics. Probiotics, prebioticsand feed additives in aquaculture. Alternative protein sources. Formulation offish feed diets. 


Specific: Next Generation Sequencing(QIIME, MG-RAST, CLC bio), microbiology, molecular biology (PCR, DGGE), opticaland electron microscopy (LM, SEM, TEM), digestibility and digestive enzymes,fatty acids profile, stress metabolites in plasma and tissues.  

Grants & contracts

2014- Present.  AssociateResearcher (School ofBiological Sciences) and Lecturer Fellow (School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences) at PlymouthUniversity (UK).


2013. Associate Research Fellow  at Schoolof Biomedical and Biological Sciences in Plymouth University.


2012 . Post-doctoral Fellowship in molecular biologyat the School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences in Plymouth University.Funded by European Union and Junta de Andalucia.


2011. Research fellow at the IFAPA Agua del Pino (Junta de Andalucia) for ECOAQUA project.Funded by European Union.

2010. Research fellow in Apply Biology at University of Almería (Spain) for “Optimization of macronutrients andnutraceuticals in sole diets” INIA project.

2007. PhD studentship  at IFAPA Agua del Pino Centre Research(Spain).

2005. Technologist studentship at Andalusia Research and Training Institute for Agriculture, Fishing,Food Science and Ecological Production (IFAPA) Aguadel Pino (Junta de Andalucia, Spain).

Key publications are highlighted

Falcinelli S, Rodiles A, Hatef A, Picchietti S, Cossignani L, Merrifield DL, Unniappan S & Carnevali O 2017 'Dietary lipid content reorganizes gut microbiota and probiotic L. rhamnosus attenuates obesity and enhances catabolic hormonal milieu in zebrafish' Scientific Reports 7, (1) , DOI
Torrecillas S, Mompel D, Caballero MJ, Montero D, Merrifield D, Rodiles A, Robaina L, Zamorano MJ, Karalazos V & Kaushik S 2017 'Effect of fishmeal and fish oil replacement by vegetable meals and oils on gut health of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax)' Aquaculture 468, 386-398 , DOI
Garjardo K, Kortner, TM, Krogdahl Å, Bakke AM, Merrifield DL & Henning S 2016 'A high-resolution map of the gut microbiota in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar): A basis for comparative gut microbial research' Scientific Reports , DOI PEARL
Merrifield 2016 'Combined effects of exogenous enzymes and probiotic on Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) growth, intestinal morphology and microbiome' Aquaculture PEARL
Guerreiro I, Enes P, Rodiles A, Merrifield D & Oliva-Teles A 2016 'Effects of rearing temperature and dietary short-chain fructooligosaccharides supplementation on allochthonous gut microbiota, digestive enzymes activities and intestine health of turbot ( Scophthalmus maximus L.) juveniles' Aquaculture Nutrition 22, (3) 631-642 , DOI
Apper E, Weissman D, Respondek F, Guyonvarch A, Baron F, Boisot P, Rodiles A & Merrifield DL 2016 'Hydrolysed wheat gluten as part of a diet based on animal and plant proteins supports good growth performance of Asian seabass (Lates calcarifer), without impairing intestinal morphology or microbiota' Aquaculture 453, 40-48 , DOI
Herrera M, Rodiles A, Sánchez B, López JM & de La Roca E 2016 'Physiological stress responses to captivity in early developmental stages of the wedge sole Dicologoglossa cuneata (Moreau)' Aquaculture Research 47, (3) 732-740 , DOI
Falcinelli S, Rodiles A, Unniappan S, Picchietti S, Gioacchini G, Merrifield DL & Carnevali O 2016 'Probiotic treatment reduces appetite and glucose level in the zebrafish model' Scientific Reports 6, (1) , DOI
Falcinelli S, Picchietti S, Rodiles A, Cossignani L, Merrifield DL, Taddei AR, Maradonna F, Olivotto I, Gioacchini G & Carnevali O 2015 'Lactobacillus rhamnosus lowers zebrafish lipid content by changing gut microbiota and host transcription of genes involved in lipid metabolism' Scientific Reports 5, (1) , DOI PEARL
Standen BT, Rodiles A, Peggs DL, Davies SJ, Santos GA & Merrifield DL 2015 'Modulation of the intestinal microbiota and morphology of tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, following the application of a multi-species probiotic' Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 99, (20) 8403-8417 , DOI PEARL
Rodiles A, Herrera M, Hachero-Cruzado I, Ruiz-Jarabo I, Mancera JM, Cordero ML, Lall SP & Alarcón FJ 2015 'Tissue composition, blood biochemistry and histology of digestive organs in Senegalese sole ( Solea senegalensis ) juveniles fed diets containing different plant protein ingredients' Aquaculture Nutrition 21, (6) 767-779 , DOI
Barroso FG, Rodiles A, Vizcaino AJ, Martínez TF & Alarcón FJ 2013 'Evaluation of Feed Attractants in Juvenile Senegalese Sole, Solea senegalensis' Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 44, (5) 682-693 , DOI
Rodiles A, Santigosa E, Herrera M, Hachero-Cruzado I, Cordero ML, Martínez-Llorens S, Lall SP & Alarcón FJ 2012 'Effect of dietary protein level and source on digestive proteolytic enzyme activity in juvenile Senegalese sole, Solea senegalensis Kaup 1850' Aquaculture International 20, (6) 1053-1070 , DOI
Cruzado IH, Herrera M, Quintana D, Rodiles A, Navas JI, Lorenzo A & Almansa E 2011 'Total lipid and fatty acid composition of brill eggs Scophthalmus rhombus L. relationship between lipid composition and egg quality' Aquaculture Research 42, (7) 1011-1025 , DOI
Santigosa E, Sáenz de Rodrigáñez MÁ, Rodiles A, Barroso FG & Alarcón FJ 2010 'Effect of diets containing a purified soybean trypsin inhibitor on growth performance, digestive proteases and intestinal histology in juvenile sea bream (Sparus aurata L.)' Aquaculture Research 41, (9) e187-e198 , DOI
Herrera M, Vargas-Chacoff L, Hachero I, Ruíz-Jarabo I, Rodiles A, Navas JI & Mancera JM 2009 'Osmoregulatory changes in wedge sole ( Dicologoglossa cuneata Moreau, 1881) after acclimation to different environmental salinities' Aquaculture Research 40, (7) 762-771 , DOI
Herrera M, Vargas-Chacoff L, Hachero I, Ruíz-Jarabo I, Rodiles A, Navas JI & Mancera JM 2009 'Physiological responses of juvenile wedge sole Dicologoglossa cuneata (Moreau) to high stocking density' Aquaculture Research 40, (7) 790-797 , DOI
Provincia CE & Cádiz UD 2002 Guía de buenas prácticas para la gestión de los recursos del litoral de la provincia de Cádiz.
Merrifield DL & Rodiles A 2015 'The fish microbiome and its interactions with mucosal tissues' Mucosal Health in Aquaculture, 1st Edition Academic Press
Conference Papers
Rodiles A, Herrera M, Hachero I, Rosano M, Ferrer JR, Márquez JM & Navas JI 2005 'Influence of different bottom types on the Senegal sole Solea senegalensis Kaup, 1858 ongrowing' 195-199