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CONTACT:
Aquaculture Research Center
Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-5014
E-mail: rafael.cuevas@kysu.edu

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. - Louisiana State University, LA – Wildlife and Fisheries Science - 2011.
Dissertation Title: A General Approach for Vitrification of Fish Sperm.
M.S. - Kentucky State University, KY – Aquaculture/Aquatic Science - 2005. 
Thesis Title: Advancement on Hormonal Sex Reversal and Genetic Sex Control in Black Crappie.
B.S. - Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, Licenciado en Biologia - 2001.
Thesis Project: Hormonal Masculinization of Tilapia in Teocaltiche, Jalisco.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Over 10 years of experience in Aquaculture

Post Doctorate/Co-Investigator, Aquaculture Research Center, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky, 2011-present. Goal: to develop an online course on inland freshwater fisheries management and evaluate the influences of paddlefish on reservoir ecosystems.

Graduate Research Assistant, Aquaculture Research Station, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: developing protocols for sperm cryopreservation in aquatic species. 2006-2011.

Visiting Researcher, Sexual Coral Reproduction, Rincon, Puerto Rico: preservation of germplasm. August 2008 and 2009.

Graduate Research Assistant, Aquaculture Research Center, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky: aquaculture genetics, sex manipulation methods and genome analysis. 2003-2005.  

Aquaculture Technician, Instituto de Acuacultura y Pesca del Estado de Jalisco, Secretaría de Desarrollo Rural, México: fingerling production, aquaculture projects and technical assistance. 2001-2003.

Professional Internship, Aquatic Systems Biology, Technical University of Munich, Weihenstephan, Germany: fish ecology and river mapping. 2000. 

University Social Service, Department of Botany and Zoology, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico: river mapping and fish database of Jalisco State. 1999-2000. 


RESEARCH AREAS;
  • Aquaculture-base fisheries (reservoir ranching), reproductive biology (chromosome set manipulation and sex reversal), genetic improvement of aquatic organisms, and conservation of genetic resources through cryopreservation. He has authored two book chapters, three articles, and coauthor in three articles.


PUBLICATIONS:
  • Cuevas-Uribe R., B. Gomelsky, S.D. Mims and K.W. Pomper. 2009. Progress in studies on hormonal sex reversal and genetic sex control in black crappie. Reviews in Fisheries Science 17: 1-7.

  • Cuevas-Uribe R. and T.R. Tiersch. 2011. Estimation of fish sperm concentration by use of spectrophotometry. In: Cryopreservation in Aquatic Species, 2nd edition. T.R. Tiersch and C.C. Green, editors. World Aquaculture Society, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Pp. 162-200.

  • Cuevas-Uribe R. and T.R. Tiersch. 2011. Non-equilibrium vitrification: an introduction and review of studies done in fish. In: Cryopreservation in Aquatic Species, 2nd edition. T.R. Tiersch and C.C. Green, editors. World Aquaculture Society, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Pp. 309-324.

  • Cuevas-Uribe R., S.P. Leibo, J. Daly and T.R. Tiersch. 2011. Production of channel catfish with sperm cryopreserved by rapid non-equilibrium cooling. Cryobiology 63: 186-197.

  • Cuevas-Uribe R., H. Yang, J. Daly, M.G. Savage, R.B. Walter and T.R. Tiersch. 2011. Production of F1 offspring with vitrified sperm from a live-bearing fish, the green swordtail Xiphophorus hellerii. Zebrafish 8: 167-179.

  • ​Yang, H., R. Cuevas-Uribe, M.G. Savage, R.B. Walter and T.R. Tiersch. 2012. Sperm cryopreservation in live-bearing Xiphophorus fishes: offspring production from Xiphophorus variatus and strategies for establishment of sperm repositories. Zebrafish 9:126-134.

  • Yang, H., E Hu, R. Cuevas-Uribe, J. Supan, X. Guo and T.R. Tiersch. 2012. High-throughput sperm cryopreservation of Eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica. Aquaculture 344-349: 223-230.

  • Hagedorn, M., V. Carter, K. Martorana, M.K. Paresa, J. Acker, I.B. Baums, E. Borneman, M. Brittsan, M. Byers, M. Henley, M. Laterveer, J.A. Leong, M. McCarthy, S. Meyers, B.D. Nelson, D. Peterson, T. Tiersch, R. Cuevas-Uribe, E. Woods and D. Wildt. 2012. Preserving and using germplasm and dissociated embryonic cells for conserving Caribbean and Pacific coral. PLoS ONE 7: e33354.



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