My Details

Rebecca PawlukRebecca Pawluk
Postgraduate Student


Twitter: @RebeccaPawluk
Tel: 01792 295362

CRIPES research group (Cardiff University)

About Me

In July 2014 I graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in Marine and Freshwater biology. Proteomics was the focus of my undergraduate final year project where I was able to analyse excretory secretory products of the stickleback parasite Schistocephalus solidus, working with Prof. Peter Brophy and Dr Russell Morphew.

As one of my voluntary positions during my time as an undergraduate I worked with Prof. Stefano Mariani at Salford University on the life history traits of the parasitic mouth dwelling isopod, Ceratothoa italica and from this I was able to submit a short communication article.

In September 2014 I was awarded a NERC funded CASE studentship to complete an interdisciplinary PhD at Swansea University. My supervisors are Dr Sonia Consuegra (Swansea) and Prof. Jo Cable (Cardiff University). My PhD investigates the genetic basis of pathogen resistance in farmed and wild fish populations under the pressures of inbreeding. My PhD combines areas of fish biology, parasitology, omics based methodologies (primarily genomics and transcriptomics) as well as a small amount of behaviour. To date I have been studying behavioural response to infection and gene expression upon infection between two varying strains of Kryptolebias marmoratus. I aim to provide more insights into gene expression between genetically differing individuals as well as looking a behavioural responses to infected individuals. 


Areas of Expertise

  • Aquaculture 
  • Parasitology 
  • Molecular biology


  • Pawluk, R., Ciampoli, M., & Mariani, S. (2014). Host size constrains growth patterns in both female and male mouth-dwelling isopod, Ceratothoa italica. Marine and Freshwater Research.
  • Ellison, A., López, C. M. R., Moran, P., Breen, J., Swain, M., Megias, M., Hegarty, M., Wilkinson, M., Pawluk, R. & Consuegra, S. (2015, November). Epigenetic regulation of sex ratios may explain natural variation in self-fertilization rates. In Proc. R. Soc. B (Vol. 282, No. 1819, p. 20151900). The Royal Society.