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Prof. Dan Macqueen
Personal Chair of Integrative Fish Genomics

Research interests


My interests cross-cut genomes, evolution, physiology, and phylogenetics. I apply my research towards improvements in the aquaculture sector. I work on fish and shellfish, and their pathogens, and am particularly interested in the salmonid fish family, where all species share an ancestral whole genome duplication.


I collaborate with many awesome scientists around the world!


I graduated with a first class BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Plymouth in 2003. I moved to St Andrews in 2004 to start a NERC-funded PhD project, under the supervision of Prof. Ian Johnston FRSE, investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying phenotypic plasticity during muscle development in Atlantic salmon. I gained a love for salmonids and the complexity that duplicated genomes brings to evolution. After gaining a PhD in 2008, I stayed on in St Andrews for post-doctoral positions before moving to the University of Aberdeen in Jan 2013 as a Lecturer. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015 and to a Readership in Aug 2018.


In Oct 2018 I moved to my current role at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, where I am a Group Leader.  I was promoted to Personal Chair of Integrative Fish Genomics in 2020.  From March 2022, I was the acting Head of the Division of Genetics and Genomics at the Roslin Institute. As of November 2022, I am leading the Division of Genome Biology at the Roslin Institute.


Outside work , I am involved in a life-long collaboration with Ruth Macqueen (#legend), with the overarching objective to raise our two children - I enjoy running and the odd dram of fine whisky.

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Representative external roles 

  • 2023. PhD External Examiner. Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling.

  • 2022. Panel Member. Genome BC. Genomic Innovation for Regenerative Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Program.

  • 2022. Committee member - Habilitation Defence - Camille Berthelot (Institut Pasteur)

  • 2022. PhD External Examiner. Animal Breeding and Genomics Group, Wageningen University

  • 2022. Panel Member. Norwegian Research Council. Collaborative & Knowledge Building call.

  • 2021. Panel Member. Norwegian Research Council. Collaborative & Knowledge Building call.

  • 2020-24. BBSRC Pool of Experts, Evolutionary Biology

  • 2019-2023 Co-coordinator of £5.3M European Commission H2020 Project ‘AQUA-FAANG: Advancing European Aquaculture by Genome Functional Annotation’.

  • 2019. PhD External Examiner. Department of Integrative Biology. The University of Guelph.

  • 2019. Panel Member. Joint BBSRC-NERC GCRF Research Translation Call

  • Chair of local organisation committee for the fourth International Conference on the Integrative Biology of Salmonids. Edinburgh, Nov 2019 (

  • 2019. Chair of Scientific Evaluation Committee for - Tenure track Associate Professor position within functional genomics, Norwegian University of Life Sciences2018-2022:  Editorial Board Member, G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics

  • 2018. PhD External Examiner. The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. 

  • 2018Panel Member for Norwegian Research Council. BIOTEK2021 call for Projects associated with "Digital life – Convergence for Innovation". 

  • 2017. PhD External Examiner.  Institute of Marine Research, University of Bergen. 

  • 2016. PhD External Examiner.  Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. 

  • 2016. Panel Member. ERA-Net COFASP-Marine Biotechnology projects (third call) (under EU 7th Framework Programme).

  • 2016. Panel Member for Norwegian Research Council. BIOTEK2021 call for Optimization Projects.

  • 2016. Panel Member for Norwegian Research Council. BIOTEK2021 call for Projects associated with "Digital life – Convergence for Innovation". 

  • Grant reviewer for many different funders, e.g.: BBSRC, NERC, ANR, Leverhulme Trust, Genome BC, NSERC, DEFRA, NRC, Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, FWO), Israel Science Foundation, Austrian Science Fund, Graduate Women in Science and the Physiological Society.

  • Peer reviewer for many different journals e.g. Molecular Biology and Evolution, Genome Research, Nature Communications, Genome Biology and Evolution, Microbial Genomics, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, GigaScience, Evolution, Proceedings B, Evolutionary Applications, BMC Genomics, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Heredity, Proteomics, J. Proteomics, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Ecology Resources, etc.

Selected invited talks

2022. 'Genomic Epidemiology of Salmonid Alphavirus in Norwegian Aquaculture'. PHARMAQademy. Precision Aquaculture Health: Genetic Epidemiology in Fish Farming (22nd March 2022)


2021. 'Fishing into fish Genomics: from evolution to applications. HiLife Life Sciences Webinar series, University of Helsinki. Hosted by Dr Jukka-Pekka Verta.


2021. 'Genomic epidemiology of SAV2 in Norwegian aquaculture from 2018 to 2020'. AquaNor PHARMAQademy session (26th August 2021)

2019. ‘Genome duplication and diversification: insights served with salmon’. The University of Bristol. Hosted by Dr Tom Williams. 

2018. ‘Advanced sequencing diagnostics of salmon viral disease reveals unrecognized strain diversity affecting aquaculture’. Infectious disease diagnosis symposium - University of Edinburgh.


2018.  ‘Farmed Fish Integrative Genomics’. The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. Hosted by Prof. Mick Watson.


2017. ‘Growth and immune function cross-talk: Insights from studies of salmonid fish’. Institute of Marine Research, Bergen. Hosted by Dr Anna Wargelius.

2016.  ‘The salmon of knowledge: from food to genome evolution’. Seminar: Department of Zoology , University of Oxford. Hosted by Prof. Peter Holland FRS.

2016. 'Lineage-specific evolution after the salmonid genome duplication'. 3rd International Conference on Integrative Salmonid Biology, Puerto Varas, Chile. April 24 -27, 2016.

2015. ‘Evolution by genome doubling: phylogenomic insights from salmonid fish’. Seminar: Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Hosted by Dr Simen Sandve.

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