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Lara Zacari Fanali

Lara Zacari Fanali
Postdoctoral researcher working with zebrafish embryo acute toxicity test (ZFET).


I have a bachelor degree in Biological Sciences, a Master and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Biology. I work with Ecotoxicology since 2013, focused on understanding the harmful effects of environmental contaminants in fish and amphibians. My research involves field and laboratory studies. I have been involved in morphological, phisiological and behavioral studies. I am currently enrolled as Postdoctoral researcher in the RiskMix project "Risk modelling of mixtures of endocrine disrupting chemicals relevant to human exposure, using zebrafish (Danio rerio)" funded by FORMAS.





- Master (2014-2016) in Animal Biology by São Paulo State University (UNESP): Effects of benzo[a]pyrene on blood and liver of Physalaemus cuvieri and Leptodactylus fuscus (Anura: Leptodactylidae).

- PhD (2016-2020) in Animal Biology by São Paulo State University (UNESP): Morphofunctional alterations in hepatic melanomacrophages of Physalaemus cuvieri (Anura: Leptodactylidae) induced by benzo[a]pyrene contaminant.

- Visiting research (sep 2018-mar 2019) at University of Gothenburg: Effects of benzo[a]pyrene on the cytoskeleton and melanin dispersion of fish and amphibian liver melanomacrophages.

- Researcher (2020-2021) at Prevet-Sanidade Aquícola

- Postdoctoral researcher (2022-2023) at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Selected publications

Fanali, L. Z., Freitas, J. S., Franco‐Belussi, L., Taboga, S. R., & de Oliveira, C. (2022). Liver description in three neotropical anuran species: from anatomy to ultrastructure. Acta Zoologica, 103(3), 316-325. 

Fanali, L. Z., Sturve, J., & de Oliveira, C. (2021). Exposure of Physalaemus cuvieri (Anura) to benzo [a] pyrene and α-naphthoflavone: Morphofunctional effects on hepatic melanomacrophages and erythrocytes abnormalities. Environmental Pollution, 285, 117526.

Fanali, L. Z., De Oliveira, C., & Sturve, J. (2021). Enzymatic, morphological, and genotoxic effects of benzo [a] pyrene in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28, 53926-53935. 

Pérez-Iglesias, J. M., Fanali, L. Z., Franco-Belussi, L., Natale, G. S., De Oliveira, C., 
Brodeur, J. C., & Larramendy, M. L. (2021). Multiple Level Effects of Imazethapyr on Leptodactylus latinasus (Anura) Adult Frogs. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 81(3), 492-506. 

Valverde, B. S., Fanali, L. Z., Franco-Belussi, L., & de Oliveira, C. (2019). Comparative morphology of the digestive tract of two Neotropical tree frogs (genus Boana). Zoologischer Anzeiger, 281, 44-52. 

Fanali, L. Z., Franco-Belussi, L., Bonini-Domingos, C. R., & de Oliveira, C. (2018). Effects of benzo [a] pyrene on the blood and liver of Physalaemus cuvieri and Leptodactylus fuscus (Anura: Leptodactylidae). Environmental Pollution, 237, 93-102.

 Franco-Belussi, L., Fanali, L. Z., & De Oliveira, C. (2018). UV-B affects the immune system and promotes nuclear abnormalities in pigmented and non-pigmented bullfrog tadpoles. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 180, 109-117.

Fanali, L. Z., de Lacerda Valverde, B. S., Franco-Belussi, L., Provete, D. B., & De Oliveira, C. (2017). Response of digestive organs of Hypsiboas albopunctatus (Anura: Hylidae) to benzo [α] pyrene. Amphibia-Reptilia, 38(2), 175-185. 

De Oliveira, C., Franco-Belussi, L., Fanali, L. Z., & Santos, L. R. (2017). Use of melanin pigmented cells as a new tool to evaluate effects of agrochemicals and other emerging contaminants in Brazilian anurans. Ecotoxicology and genotoxicology: non-traditional terrestrial models, 32(125), 2.



Researcher at the Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health; Pharmacology and Toxicology Unit
Postal address:
BVF, Avd för farmakologi och toxikologi, Box 7023
Visiting address: Ulls väg 26, Uppsala