This project aims to collect samples at the South Shetland Trough (SST) near the Antarctic Peninsula, one of the few cryogenic deep-sea trenches in the world.
The specific aims of PharmaDeep are to:
(a) Collect marine organisms from deep-and-cold-water habitats that may be unique sources of natural products for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases.
(b) Perform the first marine biological survey of the unique habitat, the SST.
(c) Compare and contrast the SST fauna and drivers of distribution with other trench ecosystems.
(d) Investigate the interaction of physical and chemical extremes of relevance to understanding the habitability of other planetary bodies.

What we do

SZN will be mainly involved in Zooplankton and Phytoplankton sample collection for taxonomy identification, activity screening investigation and later chemical analysis.


SZN, IBP-CNR, University of Aberdeen, Universitat de Barcelona, Insituto Español de Oceanografía, BioBridge, University of Chile, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Edinburgh University

Research Area

Marine Biotechnology

SZN role


Principal Investigator

Adrianna Ianora

Project Manager

Alan Jamieson

Project Lifetime

October 2015 - June 2016

Funding Institutions

European Commission, under the EU EUROFLEETS2 program grant agreement n° 312762

Personnel involved

Adrianna Ianora, Principal investigator
Chiara Lauritano, Post-doc
Christian Galasso, PhD Student

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