Workpackage Steering Group

WP Coordinator

John Bostock
University of Stirling 

John manages the consultancy services at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling where he also has a strong interest in promoting and enabling innovation, networking and collaboration. He is also involved in the EC Aqua-tnet and AquaEXCEL projects and contributes to the Knowledge Management Group of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform.  His role in the project is helping to coordinate activities and ensure the deliverables are met.

Mohamed Shariff
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Is Professor of Fish Pathology in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine with a wide range of research, teaching and consultancy experience. He is active in both the Asian and Malaysian Fisheries Societies. He developed the Centre for Innovation and Commercialisation at UPM of which he was Director for several years. 

C.V. Mohan

Manages the regional R&D programme, and liaises with all the professional staff in matters pertaining to project development, monitoring and report preparation. Generates project ideas and develops project proposals. Promotes cooperation with other national, regional and international organisations on sustainable aquaculture development. Provides assistance to member countries in the formulation and implementation of national projects.

Mags Crumlish

University of Stirling
Dr Mags Crumlish is a research fellow at the Institute of Aquaculture. Her research activities include the identification, characterisation and treatment of aquatic bacterial pathogens in a wide range of farmed fish species. She has worked for more than 10 years in aquaculture, specialising in aquatic diseases of farmed animals produced within South East Asia. Her main research project is sponsored by Pharmaq Norway, investigating the development of a vaccine for use in the Vietnamese catfish industry.She is also involved in training courses in farmer-based health management and disease diagnoses workshops within Vietnam and Thailand.

Annemie Decostere

Ghent University
Is Research Professor in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University, Belgium. She has several years of experience in fish disease consultancy, teaching (to veterinary and aquaculture students) and research. She has a specific interest for bacterial disease, focusing on the early interaction of bacteria with their host, the issue of antimicrobial resistance and alternative methods (to the use of antimicrobial agents) to combat disease. 

Darren Green
University of Stirling
Is a Lecturer in the Institute of Aquaculture who's research involves a variety of numerical approaches to tackling problems of animal health and epidemiology, be it vertebrate or invertebrate from the individual level through to country-wide population levels. His current emphasis is on diseases of the aquatic environment, however he is also research active in diseases of terrestrial species. Recent and current projects include: Epidemiology of pancreas disease in Atlantic salmon; Impacts of escaped farm salmon on wild populations; Epidemiology of diseases of large livestock (foot and mouth, scrapie, bluetongue). 

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Tethys Aquaculture
Is one of the pioneers of commercial vaccines for fish with experience in both academic research and commercial development. Prior to his retirement he was Global Director of New Business Development/Discovery for Intervet Schering Plough Animal Health (Now MSD Animal Health) where he established close collaborative research links between industry and the academic sector. He now holds a number of scientific advisory positions including Vice President of the European Association of Fish Pathologists (EAFP), Director of the European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATIP), Scientific Advisor to the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS), Member of the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) and Chairman of the British Trout Association (BTA).

Ed Leano

Ed Leano

Manages the Regional Aquatic Animal Health Programme and provides specialist advice on aquatic animal health matters. Provides assistance to countries in the Asia-Pacific region on the assessment of health status, institutional development and other activities in strengthening national programmes on aquatic animal health management, disease surveillance and reporting, and other health management measures. Serves as secretary to the Regional Advisory Group on Aquatic Animal Health Management. 

Dang Thi Hoang Oanh Photo
Dang Thi Hoang Oanh

Can Tho University/ViFiNET

Is head of the Department of Aquatic Biology and Pathology, College of Aquaculture and Fisheries at Cantho University. She obtained a Bachelor degree in aquaculture at Cantho in 1991 and started her career as a National Aquaculture Assistant for the European Community International Programme for the Reintegration of Vietnamese Returnees (ECIP) from 1993-1994. Since then she has worked as a lecturer at Cantho University, obtaining an MSc degree from the University of Aarhus in Denmark in 1999 and subsequently a PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia. In addition to teaching she has played a key role in the establishment of advanced diagnostic capabilities for viral diseases of shrimp at the College and is a collaborator on aquatic animal health projects with CSIRO, UNDP, FAO, JIRCAS and the EU.

Galina Jeney

Galina Jeney

Is leader of the immunology group of HAKI (Research Institute for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation, Szarvas, Hungary). Her main fields are research in fish diseases and immunology (e.g. use of immunostimulants, herbs and herb extracts to prevent and control fish diseases). She has experience on management of fish health services. She has also worked in several countries (Chile, China, Vietnam) on R&D projects in fish culture. 

Kim Thompson
Kim Thompson

University of Stirling
Is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK involved in various aspects of fish health, especially immunology, vaccine development and immunological diagnostics. She is also Technical Director of Aquatic Diagnostics Ltd.

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Melba Reantaso
UN Food and Agriculture Organisation

Jianhai Xiang
Shanghai Ocean University

Victoria Alday-Sanz