IMBBC participates in AQUASERV, a new HORIZON-INFRA-2023-SERV-01 project to begin in 2024.

AQUASERV grants scientists from academia and the business sector access to a range of advanced European research infrastructures. These infrastructures and their associated nodes are focused on the research and management of marine and freshwater biological resources, as well as food and biotechnology. Our institute offers four installations:

  1. Aquaculture experimental facilities (HCMR-AQUALABS). Contact point: Dr. Stavros Chatzifotis (email: The HCMR-AQUALABS support activities  for established and new aquaculture fish species and receives a constant flow of visitors for research and education purposes.  The installation included laboratories for a) hatchery technology and larviculture (developmental biology, morphology and ethology), b) nutrient and energy requirements and optimization of feeding, use of alternative sources of nutrients, c) fish behaviour in relation to schooling, self-feeding, learning, welfare using automated systems and d) production management in cages during grow-out in relation to feeding, behaviour monitoring and management.
  2. Biodiversity and Genomics facilities and technological platforms (HCMR-BIOGEN). Contact points: Dr. Costas Tsigenopoulos ( and Panagiotis Kasapidis, ( The HCMR-BIOGEN installation supports activities in genetics including i) the development of molecular markers, construction of genetic maps for target species, selective breeding and QTL analysis, ii) genomics, transcriptomics & gene expression analyses, iii) population genetics-genomics including stock structure of commercial fishes iv) microbial diversity & DNA metabarcoding, iv) targeted structural and chemical analysis of biomolecules and metabolites from marine organisms and v) taxonomic analysis & phylogeny.
  3. Underwater Biotechnological Park (HCMR-ECO). Contact point: Dr. Thanos Dailianis ( The HCMR-ECO installation offers access to the coastal biodiversity and ecosystems of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and supports research in marine ecology and biodiversity.
  4. High-performance computing cluster “Zorbas” (HCMR-HPC). Contact point: Dr. Evangelos Pafilis (email: The HCMR-HPC installation supports research in assembling and analysing reference genomes of marine non-model organisms, in transcriptome analysis, in analysis of microbial diversity (metagenomics) as well as DNA metabarcoding.

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