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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 level - functional ecotoxicology.

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.

Education/Academic qualification

School of Education

15 Sep 201418 Jul 2016


1 Sep 19981 Oct 2003

Master, University of Bucharest

15 Sep 198715 Jul 1992

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Mytilus edulis Agriculture & Biology
mussels Agriculture & Biology
estrogens Agriculture & Biology
gametogenesis Agriculture & Biology
Bivalvia Agriculture & Biology
estradiol Agriculture & Biology
genes Agriculture & Biology
gonads Agriculture & Biology

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Projects 2018 2019

Sustaining sustainable sepia stock Hastings

Ciocan, C. & Mccabe, D.


Project: Grant

Research Output 2010 2018

Impact of Metformin and Increased Temperature on Blue Mussels Mytilus edulis - Evidence for Synergism

Koagouw, W. & Ciocan, C., 1 Aug 2018, 37, 3, p. 467-474 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
aquatic environment

Effects of environmental stressors affecting blue mussels Mytilus edulis Linnaeus, 1758 populations on the Sussex coast (UK)

Cubero-Leon, E., West, F. & Ciocan, C., 4 Oct 2016, 66, 2, p. 219-226 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

health status
physiological response

Intersex related gene expression profiles in clams Scrobicularia plana: molecular markers and environmental application

Ciocan, C., Cubero-Leon, E., Langston, W. J., Pope, N., Cornelius, K., Hill, E. M., Alvarez-Munoz, D., Indiveri, P., Lerebours, A., Minier, C. & Rotchell, J. M., 5 Mar 2015, 95, 2, p. 610-617 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

gene expression
genetic markers
proliferating cell nuclear antigen

Mussels: Ecology, Life Habits and Control: Mussels as a tool to monitor pollution

Ciocan, C., 2013, New York. 32 p. (Marine Biology series)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearchpeer-review

common names
aquatic environment

Intersex in Scrobicularia plana: transcriptomic analysis reveals novel genes involved in endocrine disruption

Ciocan, C., Cubero-Leon, E., Peck, M., Langston, W. J., Pope, N., Minier, C. & Rotchell, J. M., 30 Oct 2012, 46, 23, p. 12936-12942 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

suppression subtractive hybridization
endocrine-disrupting chemicals

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Consultancy
  • 1 External funding peer-review

UK Commercial Market for cuttlefish egg receptors

Corina Ciocan (Consultant), Katherine Nelson (Consultant), Daniel Davies (Consultant)
1 Jul 201831 Oct 2018

Activity: Consultancy

Newton Fund Science research program

Corina Ciocan (Panel Chair)
13 Jun 201813 Jun 2023

Activity: External funding peer-review