Dr Josephine Nocillado - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Josephine Nocillado

PhD Qld., MSc UC Davis, BSc Phil

  • Research Fellow, Aquaculture biotechnology
+61 7 5430 2875
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Dr Josephine Nocillado


I conduct research to understand the molecular, hormonal and environmental regulation of reproduction in aquaculture species. My recent work has focused on large, late-maturing fish, such as the Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii), yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) and giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus). One of the specific aims of my research is to develop non-invasive and environmentally friendly technologies to advance maturation and ensure consistent reproduction of these species in captivity. This aim extends to my current project in sea cucumbers, a severely depleted species whose reproductive biology is yet to be fully elucidated. I utilise a range of molecular and physiological techniques, both in vitro and in vivo, in achieving the aims of my research work.


  • Publication Prize 2012, Australian Seafood CRC

Research grants

Project name Funding Body

Enhancement of high-value sea cucumber production through novel molecular technologies

Aus4 Innovation CSIRO Vietnam

Developing technologies for giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) aquaculture in Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

The advancement of reproductive development in Southern Bluefin Tuna using hormonal manipulations of kisspeptin, the gatekeeper of puberty

Australian Seafood CRC

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Oral delivery of bioactive compounds for aquaculture species
  • Sea cucumber reproduction
  • Recombinant peptide production in yeast (Pichia pastoris)

Research areas

  • fish reproductive physiology and endocrinology
  • aquaculture biotechnology
  • molecular biology

Dr Nocillado's specialist areas of knowledge are: fish reproductive physiology and endocrinology, aquaculture biotechnology, and molecular biology

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