His overarching remit is to promote / extend genomic and transcriptomic research within the Institute of Aquaculture - in its broadest sense. Current studies, conducted in collaboration with Institute-based, national and international colleagues, are focused on microarray and RNA-seq analyses of Atlantic salmon, bluefin tuna and sea louse transcriptomes and the exploitation of RAD- and ddRAD-seq techniques (using the Illumina NGS platform), for QTL, sex determination and population studies in a wide variety of commercially important fish and shellfish species. Active grants include three TSB funded projects (Development and exploitation of a high density SNP array for Atlantic salmon; Genetics of wrasse farming; Development of a salmon louse vaccine); an EU funded project (Aquatrace) exploring population genetics of wild and farmed Mediterranean fish species (turbot, sea bass and sea bream) and also studying transcriptomic differences between farmed and wild Atlantic salmon; and a Scottish Government funded project (SPASE) exploring the transcriptional responses of Atlantic salmon to infection by viral pathogens.
ParaFishControl - Advanced Tools and Research Strategies for Parasite Control in European farmed fish
PI: Professor James Bron
Funded by: European Commission
Optimsation and implementation of sterile triploid salmon in Scotland
PI: Professor Herve Migaud
Funded by: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council