Professor Simon MacKenzie

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Institute of Aquaculture Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Simon MacKenzie

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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.

Projects

ROBUST-SMOLT Impact of Early Life History in Freshwater Recirculation Aquaculture Systems on A. Salmon Robustness and Susceptibility to Disease at Sea
PI: Professor Herve Migaud
Funded by: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Vaccines against AMR in Aquaculture
PI: Dr Margaret Crumlish
Funded by: International Development Research Centre

Impact of Net Cleaning and Sea Lice treatment upon Gill Health in Salmon
PI: Professor Simon MacKenzie
Funded by: The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund

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

Technical considerations of closed containment sea pen production for some life stages of salmonids
PI:
Funded by: Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum

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