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Dra Susana Sirvas Cornejo

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Profesora y Jefa del Laboratorio de Biología Molecular
Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Facultad de Pesquería, CC. Alimentarias y Acuicultura.

Susana Sirvas Cornejo Especialista en Biotecnología Marina. Ha sido Assistant at the Timetable Unit en la Universidad de Gales, Bangor, Reino Unido.  Ha investigado sobre la bioquímica y biotecnología de proteasas en microorganismos y actualmente se dedica a la investigación sobre recursos acuáticos.

Managing Director of Marine Biotech S.A.C. since 2011, dedicated to consultancy, training courses, and laboratory services for the Reseach and Development of Marine Biotechnology, applied to Aquaculture,Fisheries, Food Industry, and the Environment.

Hoja de vida

Experiencia laboral (resumen)

  • PhD in Biotecnología Marina, Universidad de Gales, Bangor, Reino Unido.
  • BSc en Ingeniería Pesquera, Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Lima, Perú.
  • Researcher in the Laboratory of Virology in the U.S. Naval Medical Research Centre Detachment NMRCD (Lima, 2001).
  • Researcher in the Laboratory of Microbiology in the Fisheries Technological Institute of Perú - ITP (Callao, 1986-1993).
  • Member of the Biosafety Technical Group for the Fishery Sector (Lima, since 2003).
  • Participation en three workshops on Risk Assessment and Risk Management of GMO, to implement the Protocol of Cartagena on Biosafety (Lima, 2004).
  • Consultant to the Fisheries Biosafety Authority, on the development of Biosafety Internal Regulations for Activities with Hidrobiological GMO (Lima, 2005).
  • Participation in the third and four Meetings of the Parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety - MOP3 and MOP4, as member of the Public Research & Regulation Foundation - PRRI (Curitiba, 2006; Bonn, 2008).
  • Head of the Molecular Biology Laboratory and Lecturer in Biotechnology, at the Faculty of Oceanography Fisheries Food Sciences and Aquaculture, of the Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal (Lima, since 2001).

Work Experience

1986 - 1991, Researcher in the Laboratory of Microbiology, Fisheries Technological Institute of Perú, ITP

  • Use of gamma irradiation as inhibitor of bacterial growth in fish preservation (BSc-Engineering Thesis).
  • Studies of oil extracts from the Peruvian herb Muña (Mintostachis mollis) as antibacterial agent.
  • Incidence of Listeria monocytogenes in an acidified product called Cebiche (British-Peruvian project).
  • Assesment of different culture media for bacterial recovery in fishery products.
  • Microbiological quality control of fishery products.
  • Lecturer at International Courses on Processing Technology of Fishery Products

1992 - 1999, PhD student, University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom

  • The Project consisted on the extraction of chromosomal DNA from Aeromonas hydrophila, cloning and expressing protease and lipase genes in Escherichia coli, and sequencing of a protease gene. Clones that produced protease, were incorporated into microencapsulated diets for shrimp (Fenneropenaeus indicus), as digestive aid. The results are promising for the shrimp industry whose problems include indigestibility of diets by shrimps and prawns larvae and postlarvae, that show a development below normal.

1999, Administrative Assistant at the Timetable Unit, University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom

  • Implementation of a software to schedule events such as lectures, practicals, tutorials, field practicals, and any other event that takes place in any of the schools during the academic year.

2001, Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Virology U.S. Naval Medical Research Centre Detachment (NMRCD), Perú.

  • Virus isolation from human sera through cellular culture.
  • Detection of antibodies in human sera through ELISA tests.
  • Culture of three cellular lines: mosquito cells (C6/36), kidney cells (Vero), and hamster kidney cells (BHK).
  • Reverse Transcription and Polymerase Chain Reaction RT-PCR tests for virus detection in human sera.
  • Participation in the project: "Dengue 1 heterologous immunity in Aotus nancymae", as part of a project to develop a vaccine against Dengue fever using monkey sera.

Since 2001, Researcher and Lecturer at the Schools of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Facultad de Oceanografía, Pesquería, Ciencias Alimentarias y Acuicultura, Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Perú

  • Setting up of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (2002).
  • Isolation and identification of proteolytic marine microorganisms. Studies in bioremediation of fisheries indistrial efluents.
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  • Molecular studies in the Peruvian scallop Argopecten purpuratus.
  • Lecturer in Marine Biotechnology and Applied Genetics.

Since 2003, Consultant on Biosafety of Hydrobiological GMOs

  • Member of the National Committee of Biosafety for the Fishery Sector (since 2006).
  • Member of the Biosafety Technical Group for the Fishery Sector, as part of the National Biosafety Structural Frame Project (since 2004).
  • Development of Biosafety Internal Regulations for Activities with Hidrobiological GMO (2005).
  • Participation in the Third and Fouth Meetings of the Parties of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety - MOP3 and MOP4 as member of the Public Research & Regulation Foundation - PRRI (Curitiba, 2006; Bonn, 2008).

Since 2005, Member of the Amazonic Ictiofauna Research Web - RIIA

  • Participation in the Internacional Workshop on the Amazonic Ictiofauna Research (Iquitos, June-July 2005).
  • Scientist in charge for the Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal(UNFV) of the Collaborative Program between the UNFV (Perú) and the Institut de Recherche pour le Dévélopement, IRD (France).
  • Since 2005, Member of the Consultant Committee of the NGO "Research Centre The Dolphins" CILDE (Lima).
  • Education

    • 1966 - 1977      Primary and High school at the Private School "San José de Cluny", Lima, Perú.
    • 1980 - 1985       Undergraduate studies Fisheries Engineering, Faculty of Oceanography Fisheries Food Sciences and Aquaculture Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Lima Perú.
    • 1991      Course: Cellular Biology, Faculty of Sciences and Philosophy, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú.
    • 1992 - 1999       PhD in Marine Biotechnology, School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor, United Kingdom.


    1. SIRVAS S., SÁNCHEZ C. & PEÑA C. 2011. Diagnóstico e identificación rápidos por PCR de Yersinia ruckeri aislada de Oncorhynchus mykiss (trucha) procedentes de Canta, Lima, Perú. Rev. peru. biol. 18(3): 349- 353 (Diciembre 2011).
    2. RÖMER U. 1, DUPONCHELLE F. 2,3, VELA DIAZ A. 4, GARCIA DAVILA C. 4, SIRVAS S .3, DIAZ CATCHAY C.3, RENNO J-F. 2,4. 2011. Apistogramma cinilabra sp. n.: Description of a potentially endangered endemic cichlid species (Teleostei: Perciformes: Geophaginae) from the Departamento Loreto, Peru. Journal of Vertabrate Zoology 61 (1) 2011, p. 3 - 23.
    3. Carvajal-Vallejos F.M., F. Duponchelle, J.P. Torrico Ballivian, Hubert N., Nuñez Rodriguez J., Berrebi P., S. Sirvas Cornejo, Renno J.-F. 2010. Population genetic structure of Cichla pleiozona (Perciformes: Cichlidae) in the Upper Madera basin (Bolivian Amazon): Sex-biased dispersal?. Journal of Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 57 (2010) 1334 – 1340.
    4. Sirvas S., Jones D.A. and Latchford J.W. 2007. Effect of microencapsulated diets supplemented with genetically modified bacteria, on the growth and survival of Fenneropenaeus indicus postlarvae Journal of Aquaculture Nutrition, 13, p. 10 -16.
    5. FUCHS R. & SIRVAS S. 1991. Incidence of Listeria monocytogenes on an acidified product, Cebiche. Letters in Microbiology , Vol. 12, p. 88 - 90.
    6. AYALA M.E. & SIRVAS S. 1990. Assessment of sea water agar and standard plate count agar on fish samples. Bol. Inv. Inst. Tec. Pes. Vol. 3, No 1, p. 43 -47.
    7. SIRVAS S. 2009. Manual de calidad en productos de la pesca y acuicultura. Primera edición. Elaborado para el Ministerio de Comercio Exterior - MINCETUR y la Unión Europea - UE. Lima, 120 pp.
    8. CARVAJAL G., AYALA M.E. & SIRVAS S. 1991. Microbiology of Sea Food. First edition. Editorial Concejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología - CONCYTEC. Lima, Perú.