News Release

A renowned scientist joins CAT’s world-class genetics team

CAT Genetics team - Dr Marcos De Donato
Dr. Marcos De Donato

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT), a leader in aquatic animal genetics, welcomes Dr. Marcos De Donato as a new Breeding Scientist. Dr. De Donato will work with clients to implement modern selective breeding strategies to facilitate genetic improvement in aquatic species and increase the efficiency and sustainability of aquaculture.

De Donato brings over 20 years of expertise in animal breeding, genomics and molecular diagnostics. He has experience in both implementation of practical breeding approaches for commercial organizations, and extensive academic research in prominent institutions such as Universidad de Oriente, Cornell University and Tecnológico de Monterrey.

“Aquaculture is the fastest growing industry in the world, and genetics is the key to its sustainable future,”- says Dr. De Donato, “I believe CAT is a game changer for aquaculture – the in-house team can develop custom tools for any wild or cultured species, and they deliver innovative solutions accessible to companies at any level, big or small. This approach is what propels the industry into the future, and I am excited to begin my journey here.”

“I am thrilled to have Marcos joining the CAT breeding team. He brings years of experience in quantitative genetics, genomics and the application of this expertise and advanced technologies to a diverse range of breeding programs and species. This addition ensures that the breeding team has the capability to meet the growing demand for genetic improvement expertise in the aquaculture industry while further enhancing CAT’s ability to continue create real impact across the aquaculture sector through the use of genetics.” – says Klara Verbyla, Vice President of Genetics.

The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) is a R&D and contract service organization focused on the application of biotechnology tools to improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability in aquaculture and related industries. A joint US-Canada operation with facilities located in San Diego, California and in Victoria and Souris, Prince Edward Island, Canada, our aquacultural expertise and experience combined with a solid background in cellular and molecular technologies and in vivo testing gives CAT a unique advantage in delivering research-based solutions. Contact us for information about collaborative opportunities for a diverse range of projects from discovery through final product development and testing.