I'm based at the Institute of Aquaculture's marine lab at Machrihanish in Kintyre. We're developing new products and methods, primarily for the salmon aquaculture industry. I'm the GLP Study Director covering all of our aquatic work on veterinary medicines and vaccines, feeds, chemicals, eco-toxicology, product support and genetics. My prior work has been in the field of developmental genetics, using zebrafish embryos to study inherited brain and muscle diseases and develop models for drug identification.
Event / Presentation
Presentation on salmon aquaculture and demonstration. Seafood in Schools, Campbeltown Grammar School Seafood Scotland
Exhibition over two mornings for local primary school children. Joint with Marine Scotland, Kintyre Smokehouse, RNLI, Campbeltown Grammar School. We gave presentations and taught children about salmon and sea lice.
A Novel In Vitro Method for Testing Compounds on Sea Lice. 10th International Sea Lice Conference
Recombinant vaccine efficacy trials against infectious larval salmon lice
stages following intraperitoneal immunisation of Atlantic salmon with 9
vaccine candidates. 10th International Sea Lice Conference
Comparative study of the susceptibility of triploid and diploid Atlantic salmon to infection with the sea louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis).. 9th International Sea Lice Conference Norwegian Institute of Marine Research
At Machrihanish we carry out contract research to GLP for the aquaculture, animal feed and veterinary pharma sectors, as well as hosting academic research and students from around the world. The team identify and evaluate potential tools for control of salmon pathogens and parasites using in-house challenge models, test improved feeds, and find bespoke solutions to pressing industry problems. My role is to design protocols, direct and carry out studies, collect and analyse data and report on what we find for customers.
Tschesche C, Bekaert M, Bassett DI, Mitchell C, North B, Boyd S, Carmona‐Antoñanzas G, Bron JE & Sturm A (2020) Investigation of deltamethrin resistance in salmon lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) provides no evidence for roles of mutations in voltage-gated sodium channels. Pest Management Science. https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.6120
Humble JL, Carmona-Antoñanzas G, McNair CM, Nelson DR, Bassett DI, Egholm I, Bron JE, Bekaert M & Sturm A (2019) Genome-wide survey of cytochrome P450 genes in the salmon louse Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Krøyer, 1837). Parasites and Vectors, 12 (1), Art. No.: 563. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-019-3808-x
Carmona-Antoñanzas G, Bekaert M, Humble JL, Boyd S, Roy W, Bassett DI, Houston RD, Gharbi K, Bron JE & Sturm A (2017) Maternal inheritance of deltamethrin resistance in the salmon louse Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Krøyer) is associated with unique mtDNA haplotypes. PLoS ONE, 12 (7), Art. No.: e0180625. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0180625; https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0180625
Bassett DI & Preston AC (2017) Bioassays and contract research at the Machrihanish Environment Research Laboratories. MEDFRI workshop on non-medicinal approaches to sea lice, Trondheim, Norway, 26.01.2017-27.01.2017.
Carmona-Antoñanzas G, Humble JL, Carmichael SN, Heumann J, Christie HRL, Green DM, Bassett DI, Bron JE & Sturm A (2016) Time-to-response toxicity analysis as a method for drug susceptibility assessment in salmon lice. Aquaculture, 464, pp. 570-575. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2016.08.007
Bassett DI, Preston AC, Perret J, Barnett S & Roy W (2014) A Novel In Vitro Method for Testing Compounds on Sea Lice. 10th International Sea Lice Conference, Portland, ME, USA, 31.08.2014-05.09.2014. http://sealice2014.businesscatalyst.com/assets/abstract-book-v6.2-final2.pdf
Morris D, Gould C, Roy W, Bassett DI & Cockerill D (2014) Sequential treatment of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) with SLICE® (emamectin benzoate) and hydrogen peroxide for the control of salmon lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) (Presentation) 10th International Sea Lice Conference, Portland, ME, USA, 31.08.2014-05.09.2014. http://sealice2014.businesscatalyst.com/assets/abstract-book-v6.2-final2.pdf
Carmichael SN, Bekaert M, Taggart J, Ireland J, Christie HRL, Bassett DI, Bron J, Skuce P, Gharbi K & Skern-Mauritzen R (2014) Use of RAD sequencing to isolate a sex-specific SNP marker in the salmonlouse Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Kroyer, 1837). In: Sea Lice 2014: The 10th International Sea Lice Conference Book of Abstracts. 10th International Sea Lice Conference, Portland, ME, USA, 31.08.2014-05.09.2014. Portland, ME, USA: Fish Vet Group, p. 54. http://sealice2014.businesscatalyst.com/assets/abstract-book-v6.2-final2.pdf
Carmichael SN, Christie HRL, Heumann J, Bassett DI, Bron J & Sturm A (2014) Drug susceptibility assessment of sea lice by time-to-response toxicity analysis. 10th International Sea Lice Conference, Portland, ME, USA, 31.08.2014-05.09.2014. http://sealice2014.businesscatalyst.com/assets/abstract-book-v6.2-final2.pdf
Carmichael SN, Bekaert M, Taggart J, Christie HRL, Bassett DI, Bron J, Skuce P, Gharbi K, Skern-Mauritzen R & Sturm A (2013) Identification of a sex-linked SNP marker in the salmon louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) using RAD sequencing. PLoS ONE, 8 (10), Art. No.: e77832. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0077832
Tildesley A, Boyd S, Matthew C, Barnett S, Bassett DI, Cowan M & Roy W (2012) Evaluation Of Sensitivity To Chemotherapeutants In Successive Generations Of Lepeoptheirus Salmonis From A Resistant Population. Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum Report 069 (Editor) Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum. Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum Reports, 069. Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum. http://www.sarf.org.uk/cms-assets/documents/72452-592533.sarf069.pdf
Thornhill P, Bassett DI, Lochmuller H, Bushby K & Straub V (2008) Developmental defects in a zebrafish model for muscular dystrophies associated with the loss of fukutin-related protein (FKRP). Brain, 131 (6), pp. 1551-1561. http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/131/6/1551.long; https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awn078
Bassett DI & Currie PD (2004) Identification of a zebrafish model of muscular dystrophy. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 31 (8), pp. 537-540. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1440-1681.2004.04030.x/abstract; https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1681.2004.04030.x
Bassett DI, Bryson-Richardson RJ, Daggett DF, Gautier P, Keenan DG & Currie PD (2003) Dystrophin is required for the formation of stable muscle attachments in the zebrafish embryo. Development, 130 (23), pp. 5851-5860. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14573513; https://doi.org/10.1242/dev.00799
Bassett DI (2003) Identification and developmental expression of a macrophage stimulating 1/hepatocyte growth factor-like 1 orthologue in the zebrafish. Development Genes and Evolution, 213 (7), pp. 360-362. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00427-003-0339-3
Bassett DI, Bryson-Richardson RJ, Daggett DF, Gautier P, Keenan DG & Currie PD (2003) A zebrafish model of Duchenne muscular Dystrophy. 3rd European Conference on Zebrafish and Medaka Development and Genetics, Paris, 11.06.2003-14.06.2003.