People

Prof Douglas R Tocher
Professor of Molecular Nutrition
Professor Douglas Tocher has a BSc (1979) and PhD (1982) in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He worked for 16 years for the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) at the Institute of Marine Biochemistry, Aberdeen (1982-1986) and the Unit of Aquatic Biochemistry, University of Stirling (1986-1998). His main research interests during this period were fish lipid and fatty acid metabolism including embryonic and early larval development, and cell culture studies on eicosanoid metabolism, polyunsaturated fatty acid synthesis and neural development. In 1998 he joined the Institute of Aquaculture, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling as senior lecturer and was awarded his personal chair in 2009. His current primary research interests are the molecular biology and genetic basis of regulation of lipid and fatty acid metabolism and nutrition in fish, with particular focus on omega-3 (n-3) long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA). He is currently PI of a BBSRC project on the development and application of novel plant oilseeds enriched in omega-3 LC-PUFA to support sustainable development of aquaculture. Professor Tocher has co-authored over 300 scientific publications. He is a member of the European Federation for the Science and Technology of Lipids (EuroFed), American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) and the European Aquaculture Society (EAS), and the editorial boards of the journals Aquaculture and Fish Physiology and Biochemistry.
drt1@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467996

Dr Matthew Sprague
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
matthew.sprague@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467989

Dr Pedro Almaida Pagan
Marie Curie Research Fellow
pedro.almaida@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467993

Dr Christian De Santis
Research Fellow
christian.desantis@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467993

Dr Monica Betancor
Post Doctoral Research Assistant
m.b.betancor@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467993

James R Dick
Chief Technician
Chief technician with responsibility for Quality Control in the Nutrition Group with over 20 years experience in lipid methodology. Responsibility for the development of chromatographic techniques and trained in all aspects of complex lipid analysis including HPLC,LC/MS,GC,GC/MS and GC/MS/MS with specific focus on organic contaminants.
jrd1@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467989

Fiona Strachan
Senior Technician
Senior analyst with 10 years experience in lipid analysis methodology. She is experienced in all aspects of chromatographic analysis with specific training in the analysis of organic contaminants.
fm11@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467989

Elizabeth Mackinlay
Senior Technician
eem2@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467989

Irene Younger
Senior Technician
Senior analyst with over 10 years experience of biochemical analysis in University and clinical laboratories. She is trained in all aspects of chromatographic analysis with specific focus on lipid and vitamin analysis.
iy1@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467989

Graeme McWhinnie
Technician
graeme.mcwhinnie@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467989

Gemma Woodford
Technician
gemma.woodford@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467989

Keelan Lawlor
Technician
keelan.lawlor@stir.ac.uk | Tel: +44 1786 467989

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