Prof Brendan J. McAndrew
Professor of Aquaculture Genetics
Professor Brendan McAndrew is head of the Genetics and Reproduction Research group. This is a major multidisciplinary research and teaching group that integrates genetic and endocrinology techniques towards the better understanding of the genetic management and improvement of aquatic organisms.
Prof Herve Migaud
My main research interests are in environmental, endocrinological and molecular control of puberty in fish, the photoperiodism network (particularly melatonin and the circadian axis), chronobiology systems (particularly clock systems) and genetic manipulation for sterility in a range of temperate and tropical teleost species.
Dr David J. Penman
My main areas of scientific interest are on genetics of aquatic organisms of relevance to aquaculture, including: sex determination and its control; genetic management and selective breeding; chromosome set manipulations and clonal lines; genomics; cytogenetics; applications of molecular markers; transgenic fish. Current research is on sex determination, genetics of colour and genomics in tilapias, genetic management and selective breeding in species including carps and cod.
Dr Michael Leaver
Ecotoxicology. Understanding the mechanisms of susceptibility and resistance to environmental pollution in fish, with the aim of assessing pollutant effects on contaminated ecosystems, and developing biomarkers for environmental monitoring. Fish Nutrition. Regulation of energy and lipid homeostasis in farmed fish, particularly with regard to the formulation of aquaculture diets using alternative feedstuffs. Genome structure and evolution. The distribution and function of mobile genetic elements in fish genomes and their involvement in fish genome evolution and evolutionary adaptation.
Dr John Taggart
Main current research is a BBSRC project on microarray analysis to study gene regulation of polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism. Other research interests include the development of molecular genetic markers for fish species and their application to a diverse range of studies.
Dr Andrew Davie
My main research interests include environmental regulation of physiology, mainly focusing on the entrainment of sexual maturation, the optimisation of commercial broodstock management to improve the performance and quality of larval rearing along with researching the systems involved in the entrainment and regulation of biological rhythms (both daily and seasonal) in fish. A key part of this research is working with colleagues to develop transcriptomic tools to describe and characterise, molecular mechanisms involved in the perception and integration of environmental signals into regulation of puberty.
Dr John Taylor
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
John is a Research Fellow within the Genetics and Reproduction Group at the Institute. He holds a BSc (1999) and MSc (2000) in Aquaculture and completed a NERC ROPA funded PhD with additional support from the British Trout Association and Scottish Salmon Hatcheries studying "the effects of photoperiod manipulation on growth and reproduction in rainbow trout" in 2004.
Dr Eric Leclercq
Thesis title: Characterisation of false maturation and development of diagnostic tools in Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar
Mr Keith Ranson
Thesis title: Control of puberty in temperate marine species
Thesis title: Photoperiodic entrainment of physiology in African catfish, Clarias gariepinus
Mohd Golam Quader Khan
Ninh Huu Nguyen