John Taggart has over 30 years involvement in genetics / genomics studies, mainly, but not exclusively, involving fish species. During this period he has held post-doctoral positions at a number of Institutions (Queen's University, Belfast; Trinity College Dublin; University of Oxford and Stirling University). Work has encompassed development of DNA markers, population genetics, behavioural genetics of fish spawning, DNA profiling to identify families and individuals, genome mapping, QTL studies, the design, construction and application of gene expression microarrays and the exploitation of NGS methodologies. He led the UK components of the EU-funded SALMAP and SALGENE projects, which laid the foundations for Atlantic salmon genomics and transcriptomics and has been involved in other EU funded projects including BASSMAP (Genetic mapping of the sea bass genome) and GEL (Genetic enhancement of lobsters). As a PI he has received both NERC (Genetics of pollutants in flounder) and BBRSC funding (grants on genetic & genomic aspects of IPN resistance in farmed Atlantic salmon) and was also the lead researcher on the BBSRC funded TRAITS project (2003-2007) which developed and exploited both cDNA and oligo microarray resources for Atlantic salmon.
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.
AquaExcel2020 PI: Professor Brendan McAndrew Funded by: European Commission –
Marburger S, Alexandrou MA, Taggart JB, Creer S, Carvalho G, Oliveira C & Taylor MI (2018) Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285 (1872), Art. No.: 20172732. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2732.
Jansson E, Quintela M, Dahle G, Albretsen J, Knutsen H, Andre C, Strand A, Mortensen S, Taggart J, Karlsbakk E, Kvamme BO & Glover KA (2017) ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74 (8), pp. 2135-2147. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsx046.
Utsunomia R, Scacchetti PC, Hermida M, Fernandez-Cebrian R, Taboada X, Fernandez C, Bekaert M, Mendes NJ, Robledo D, Mank JE, Taggart J, Oliveira C, Foresti F & Martinez P (2017) Heredity, 119 (4), pp. 237-244.