News & Updates

April 23, 2018

Congratulations to all involved in our new paper accepted for publication in Journal of Experimental Biology:

Alzaid A, Kim J-H, Devlin RH, Martin SAM, Macqueen DJ. 2018. Growth hormone transgenesis in coho salmon disrupts muscle immune function impacting cross-talk wit...

April 16, 2018

I wrote a review about teleost IGFBPs in collaboration with Dr Daniel Garcia de la serrana: "Insulin-Like Growth Factor-Binding Proteins of Teleost Fishes


This was an invited review, and is part of the...

April 16, 2018

The lab is excited to collaborate in a new BBSRC project led by Prof. Ross Houston at the Roslin Institute.

The project is titled 'Improving resistance to infectious salmon anaemia using genome editing: Novel approaches to tackling viral disease in aquaculture’ and will...

January 20, 2018

The lab has recently been awarded a small grant to trial the use of full-length transcriptome sequencing on the PACBIO Sequel platform: ‘Iso-Seq for improved annotation and analysis of duplicated salmonid genomes’.

It will be fun to see how this method performs in disti...

November 10, 2017

Anthony passed his viva to gain a PhD titled: "Phylogenomics to reconstruct the origins and evolution of immunity"

Many thanks to Anthony's other supervisor Dr Helen Dooley, and to Dr Tom Williams (University of Bristol) who was a brilliant external examiner.

September 15, 2017

A massive congratulations to Fiona Robertson, who just passed her PhD viva with minor corrections. 

Fiona's thesis was titled : Sequence capture for phylogenomics in salmonid fishes: reconstructing evolution after genome duplication

Many thanks to Fiona's examiners - Pro...

September 4, 2017

Several members of the lab (Dan, Alicia B., Manu KG and Mike G.) attended the Genome 10k and Genome Science meeting held at the Earlham Institute. This was a great conference, highly attended with lots of exciting talks from prominent genome scientists. Really impressi...

June 27, 2017

The FAASG consortium have just published a white-paper on a genome-led initiative aiming to support the future of fundamental and applied research in salmonids through analysis of genome function. 

See BMC Genomics 2017 18: 484. DOI: 10.1186/s12864-017-3862-8


June 27, 2017

Congratulations to PhD student Michael Gallagher who was recently awarded a £3,000 MASTS research grant to sequence whole viral genomes using the Oxford Nanopore MinION platform. This is being done with viruses infecting Atlantic salmon to give insights into disease ou...

May 16, 2017

The LORe model, as presented in a preprint ( of our paper recently accepted by Genome Biology (i.e. Robertson et al.), is discussed at length in a new Nature Genetics Review by Yves Van de Peer, Eshchar Mizrachi & Kath...

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