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Details of Prof. Gudrun De Boeck   


Gender female
Job title Professor
Department Biology
University of Antwerp (
Universiteitsplein 1 Antwerpen 2610
Groenenborgerlaan 171
Tel +32 3 265 3478
Fax +32 3 265 3497
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Website http://www.sphere.be, http://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/personeel/gudrun-deboeck/
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Degree PhD
Job type Teaching/Education , Research
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Fisheries, Aquaculture , Pollution , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Fisheries, Aquaculture , Pollution
Research Activities My research focuses on effects of environmental factors (hypoxia, temperature, salinity, pollutants, stress hormones...) on the energy metabolism and iono- and osmoregulation of fish. Techniques used include measurements of critical swimming speeds and respiration rates, fuel utilisation, energy stores, blood electrolytes, blood gases and acid-base balance, transporter enzymes, induction of protective proteins, RT-qPCR...and more recently we started using transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.
Working languages Dutch, English, French
Skills/Expertise Fish physiology, fish toxicology, ecophysiology, ecotoxicology, environmental impact, swimming, energy
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Prof. Gudrun DE BOECK)

Wood C.M., Liew H.J., De Boeck G. and Walsh P.J. 2013. A Perfusion Study of the Handling of Urea and Urea Analogues by the Gills of the Dogfish Shark (Squalus acanthias). PeerJ.: doi:10.7717/peerj.33.
Liew H.J., De Boeck G. and Wood C.M. 2013. An In Vitro Study of Urea, Water, Ion, and CO2/HCO3- Transport in the Gastrointestinal Tract of the Dogfish Shark (Squalus acanthias): the Influence of Feeding. J. Exp. Biol. 216:2063-2072.
Sinha A.K., Liew H.J., Nawata C.M., Blust R., Wood CM and De Boeck G. 2013. Modulation of Rh glycoproteins, ammonia excretion and Na+ fluxes in three freshwater teleosts when exposed chronically to high environmental ammonia. J. Exp. Biol. 216: 2917-2930.
Sinha A.K., Diricx M., Chan L.P., Liew H.J., Kumar K., Blust R. and De Boeck G. 2012. Expression pattern of potential biomarker genes related to growth, ion regulation and stress in response to ammonia exposure, food deprivation and exercise in common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Aquatic Toxicology 122-123:93-105.
De Boeck G., M. Eyckmans, I. Lardon, R. Bobbaers, A. K. Sinha and R. Blust. 2010. Metal accumulation and metallothionein induction in the spotted dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A155:503-508.
Tudorache, C., A.D. Jordan, J.C. Svendsen, P. Domenici, G. De Boeck and J.F. Steffensen. 2009. Pectoral fin beat frequency predicts oxygen consumption during spontaneous activity in a labriform swimming fish (Embiotoca lateralis). Environmental Biology of Fishes 84:121-127.
Tudorache, C., R. Blust and G. De Boeck. 2008. Social interactions, predation behaviour and fast start performance are affected by ammonia exposure in brown trout (Salmo trutta L.). Aquatic Toxicology 90:145-153.
De Boeck, G., J. Hattink, N.M. Franklin, C.P. Bucking, S. Wood, P.J. Walsh and C.M. Wood. 2007. Copper toxicity in the spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias): urea loss contributes to the osmoregulatory disturbance. Aquatic Toxicology 84:133-141.
De Boeck, G., M. Grosell and C.M. Wood. 2001. Sensitivity of the spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) to waterborne silver exposure. Aquatic Toxicology 54:261-275.
Walsh, P.J., Y. Wang, C.E. Campbell, G. De Boeck and C.M. Wood. 2001. Patterns of nitrogenous waste excretion and gill urea transporter mRNA expression in various species of marine fish. Marine Biology 139:839-844.
De Boeck, G., A. Vlaeminck, A. Van der Linden and R. Blust. 2000. The energy metabolism of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) when exposed to salt stress: an increase in energy expenditure or effects of starvation? Biochemical and Physiological Zoology 73:102-111.
De Boeck, G., A. Vlaeminck, A. Van der Linden and R. Blust. 2000. Salinity stress and resistance to hypoxic challenges in the common carp (Cyprinus carpio L). Journal of Fish Biology 57:761-776.
Grosell, M. G. De Boeck and C. Wood. 1999. The effects of silver on intestinal ion and acid-base regulation in the marine teleost fish, Parophrys vetulus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology C124:259-270.
Hattink J., N. Celis, G. De Boeck, G.C. Krijger and R. Blust. 2009. Accumulation of 137Cs in the European Sea Bass Dicentrarchus labrax (L.) in a salinity gradient: Importance of uptake via gills, diet and ingested water. Radioprotection 44(5):665?670.
De Schryver P., A.K. Sinha, P.S. Kunwar, K. Baruah, W. Verstraete, N. Boon, G. De Boeck and P. Bossier. 2010. Poly-?-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) increases growth performance and intestinal bacterial range-weighted richness in juvenile European sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 86(5):1535-1541.
Tudorache, C., R. Blust and G. De Boeck. 2007. Swimming capacity and energetics of migrating and non-migrating morphs of three-spined stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus L. and their ecological implications. Journal of Fish Biology 71(5):1448-1456.

Created: 2014-09-24 Last Updated: 2015-07-04 by Gudrun DE BOECK