Dr Rodrigo Lorenzo

Dr Rodrigo Lorenzo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth, in the Ecophysiology and Development Research Group. I work on crustacean physiology, trying to better understand the stress associated with fisheries and transportation, and using this information to provide market and welfare guidelines.


2019 PhD, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina: Physiological limits of Lithodes santolla to aerial exposure. Guidelines for live transportation.

2014 Lic. in Biological Sciences with specialization in Animal Physiology, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina: Dopamine, receptor D2 and glucose homeostasis:
     Study of insulin sensitivity in transgenic and pharmacological models.



Teaching interests

From 2016-2021: Assistant Professor at the University of Tierra del Fuego (UNTDF - ICPA)

- Introduction to cellular and molecular biology

- Genetics



Research interests

My research focuses on physiological stress induced by fisheries and commercial practices. This work is focused on optimizing conditions both for obtaining higher revenues and improving live traded animal's welfare.

My PhD research was aimed at investigating Southern King crabs (Lithodes santolla) stress through its whole commercial trade chain (from the moment they are caught to the end consumed product), a sub-antarctic species from southern South America.  

This PhD research was funded by the national council of science and technology (CONICET), as well as the National agency of scientific and technologic promotion (Agencia). 

I am also interested in Conservation and the study of physiology using non-invasive methods.




Sundblad, V., Garcia-Tornadu, I. A., Ornstein, A. M., Martínez Allo, V. C., Lorenzo, R., Gatto, S. G., ... & Rabinovich, G. A. (2021). Galectin-1 impacts on glucose homeostasis by modulating pancreatic insulin release. Glycobiology.

Lorenzo, R. A., Tomac, A., Tapella, F., Yeannes, M. I., & Romero, M. C. (2020). Biochemical and quality parameters of southern king crab meat after transport simulation and re-immersion. Food Control, 107480. DOI10.1016/j.foodcont.2020.107480

Sacristán, H. J., Mufari, J. R., Lorenzo, R. A., Boy, C. C., & Lovrich, G. A. (2020). Ontogenetic changes in energetic reserves, digestive enzymes, amino acid and energy content of Lithodes santolla (Anomura: Lithodidae): Baseline for culture. Plos one, 15(5), e0232880. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0232880

Lorenzo, R. A., Tapella, F., & Romero, M. C. (2020). Pre-cooling effect on live transport of the Southern king crab, Lithodes santolla. Fisheries Research, 227, 105552. DOI 10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105552

Lorenzo, R. A., Tapella, F., & Romero, M. C. (2020). Transportation methods for Southern king crab: From fishing to transient storage and long-haul packaging. Fisheries Research, 223, 105441. DOI 10.1016/j.fishres.2019.105441

Garcia Tornadu, I., Victoria Recouvreux, M., Cecilia Ramirez, M., Guillermina Luque, M., Ines Perez-Millan, M., Lorenzo, R. A., ... & Diaz-Torga, G. (2011). Non-conventional endocrine functions of dopamine type 2 receptor: new insights gained from transgenic mice. ACTA BIOQUIMICA CLINICA LATINOAMERICANA, 45(4), 699-703.