Marta Gomez-Chiarri

  • Professor
  • Aquaculture/Fisheries
  • Phone: 401.874.2917
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  • Office Location: CBLS, Rm 169


Marta is an aquatic pathologist. Previous to joining the University of Rhode Island in 1997, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, where she worked with biotechnological approaches to the aquaculture of rainbow trout and abalone. At the University of Rhode Island, Marta held the position of Graduate Coordinator for programs in the areas of Aquaculture and Fisheries and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems until 2014, then became Chair of the Department of Fisheries, Animal, and Veterinary Sciences (2014 – 2020). She is currently the Director of the Biological and Environmental Sciences graduate program (July 2022 – present). Marta is a member of the Eastern Oyster Genome consortium, and was responsible for the coordination of the sequencing of the first versions of the Eastern oyster genome assembly. She is also a member of the East Coast Shellfish Breeding Consortium and was a committee member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Project on Examining the Long-Term Health and Economic Effects of Antimicrobial Resistance in the United States (2020 – 2021).


Marta’s research interests include the use of multidisciplinary approaches to the prevention and management of diseases in marine organisms, from probiotics and microbial-microbial interactions to genomics and comparative immunology. Her collaborative national and international research on marine diseases is driven by a desire to ensure equitable access to healthy food that is sustainably produced.


  • Ph.D., 1992, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain
  • B.S., 1988, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain

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