Dr Simon MacKenzie

Aquaculture K13 Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom


Evolutionary biology of the innate immune response integrating behaviour, immunity and nanotechnology toward improving health in aquaculture. I approach this with an integrative suite of methods both experimental and theoretical spanning across the fields of behavioural ecology, evolution and immunity. This is underpinned by the application of state of the art genomic techniques including transcriptomics (RNA-Seq/microarray) and more recently whole genome sequencing supported within a proven bioinformatic strategy for assembly, annotation, analysis and network modelling. Throughout my career to date my major academic interest has become to explore how immunity has evolved and recently how environmental conditions, particularly temperature, modulate the plasticity of the immune response. To this end I have applied a multi-level approach reaching from genomics to cellular and system function to personality and population.


Health and welfare of lumpfish in hatchery production and deployed in Scottish salmon cages
PI: Dr Sonia Rey Planellas
Funded by: Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC)

Development of a full season production protocol for rainbow trout
PI: Dr Simon MacKenzie
Funded by: Norwegian Research Council

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