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Scholarly biography

A marine biologist, Corina’s expertise is in functional ecotoxicology, focusing on biological responses of marine organisms to environmental stressors. Prior to working at the University of Brighton, Corina was a full-time Research Fellow at the University of Sussex in the Aquatic Toxicology group. She was involved in a wide range of international research programmes, looking at detoxification mechanisms in marine invertebrates and their use as biomarkers, induction of DNA damage in critical growth regulating genes and impairment of sex determination/differentiation mechanisms in marine bivalves.

Corina has written chapters in Mussels: Ecology, Life Habits and Control (edited by Nova Science Publishers, New York, 2013) and published research in high impact scientific journals. 

At the University of Brighton, Dr Ciocan is the module leader for level 4, 6 and 7 marine related modules in PABS; but teaches in several other modules across School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences and School of Environment and Technology.

Corina is also the Admission tutor for Biological Sciences in PABS.

Research interests

My research interests focus on the biological effects of various classes of aquatic environmental stressors, contaminants in particular, at cellular and molecular  level - functional ecotoxicology. The key challenge is to understand the mechanism of action of newly emerged contaminats (pharmaceuticals, microplastics, personal care products) that can negatively impact the health and physiology of marine organisms, and moreover, the potential for climate change to alter these responses.

Detoxification mechanisms and their use as biomarkers of environmental contamination (ie. metallothionein isoforms and expression levels, CYP450 and the glutathione systems) in marine invertebrates and fish.

Induction of DNA damage in critical growth regulating genes, such as the ras oncogene and p53 tumour suppressor gene, plus their role in development of a 'mutator phenotype' and genome instability.

Also, reproductive mechanisms of marine invertebrates and wonderful ways in which stressors (climatic or human induced, ie. pharmaceuticals, microplastics) interfere with sex determination/differentiation.

 

 

Approach to teaching

I like to teach Marine Biology in ways that place the experiment and practice at the centre of everything I explain, for there can be no successful teaching without creating an active learning environment.

I am motivated by the prospect of supplying students with the possibility of becoming explorers or researchers, even for two hours a day; I bring a lot of my personal experience into the class room and I grab every opportunity to take my students outdoor, on the coast.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research students in the area of ecotoxicology/marine biology:  pollutants impact on marine organisms, biomarkers of stress in aquatic invertebrates, microplastics as vector for marine pollutants, transgenerational effects of aquatic pollutants.  

Education/Academic qualification

School of Education

15 Sep 201418 Jul 2016

Award Date: 18 Jul 2016

PhD, University of Agronomic sciences and Veterinary medicine

1 Sep 19981 Oct 2003

Award Date: 1 Oct 2003

Master, University of Bucharest

15 Sep 198715 Jul 1992

Award Date: 15 Jul 2002

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Projects

Research Output

Abandoned fibreglass boats are releasing toxins and microplastics across the world

Ciocan, C., 4 Aug 2020, The Conversation Trust (UK).

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
  • Fibreglass contamination in Chichester Harbour

    Ciocan, C., 26 Jul 2020

    Research output: Other contribution

    Glass reinforced plastic (GRP) a new emerging contaminant - First evidence of GRP impact on aquatic organisms

    Ciocan, C., Kristova, P., Annels, C., Derjean, M. & Hopkinson, L., 15 Aug 2020, In : Marine Pollution Bulletin. 160, 111559.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Interreg RedPol project presentation

    Ciocan, C., 8 Oct 2020, (Accepted/In press)

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Activities

    Newton Fund Impact Scheme

    Corina Ciocan (Reviewer)

    15 Aug 202031 Aug 2020

    Activity: External funding peer-review

    The Guardian (Journal)

    Corina Ciocan (Member of editorial board)

    5 Aug 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    The Conversation (Publisher)

    Corina Ciocan (Member of editorial board)

    4 Aug 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Uni of Brighton partnership with Chichester Harbour, research funded by UKRI and Interreg Channel

    Corina Ciocan (Presenter)

    9 Jul 2020

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    NERC call: Understanding the Impact of Plastic Pollution on Marine Ecosystems in South East Asia

    Corina Ciocan (Member of expert group)

    1 Jul 202022 Jul 2020

    Activity: External funding peer-review