School of Biological Sciences


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Dr Adelaide Lerebours

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc (Hons), PhD (1st class Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Research Associate
  • Address: Institute of Marine Sciences University of Portsmouth, Langstone Harbour, Ferry Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, P04 9LY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5802
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  • Department: School of Biological Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


My research has focused on the biological effects of environmental stressors in laboratory and wild fish.

My PhD work (2006-2009) led at the Institute of Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) and the University of Bordeaux1, France, aimed at determining the molecular stress responses and specifically the neurotoxic effects and bioenergetic impairments in key organs of zebrafish exposed to uranium.

In 2010, I joined the Aquatic Toxicology Group at the University of Hull, UK, as a postdoctoral research associate for 3 years. The aim was to define the link between cancer progression and genetic alterations in liver of dab from the North Sea and English Channel. I worked in parallel on the molecular causes of UV-induced melanoma in the coral trout.

In 2014, I moved to the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, UK, as a senior research associate to work on the biological effects of environmental radiations on early life stages of fish (NERC funded project).

Teaching Responsibilities

I have been involved in teaching Aquatic Ecotoxicology for the Seminars in Biodiversity and Evolution and supervising MSc and PhD students in the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory (main supervisor: Pr Jeanette Rotchell) at the University of Hull. 


My research interests focus on the molecular causes of a visible disease/lesion phenotype in fishes exposed to environmental stressors (metals, radiations, mixture of environmental pollutants). The study of cancer in marine fishes such as dab and coral trout is a good example.

I am also interested in assessing new indicators, as yet unknown, but also classical ones of radiation effects in early stages of fish maintained in laboratory condition and in wild fish from lakes in Belarus and Ukraine. Target genes, genotoxic effects, histological injuries and individual endpoints will be assessed to determine the possible effects of radiations on key physiological processes.


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