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Science Director, Agriculture and Food

  • PhD in immunology, and interests in aquatic animal health, including disease processes, immunology, diagnostics and treatment. Passionate about applying cutting edge science to address the challenges in improving Livestock Aquaculture Productivity and Sustainability.
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Research Director, Livestock & Aquaculture

  • In her role as acting Research Director, Dr. Dominik is managing the research project portfolio in genetics and genomics, nutrition and production, welfare and sustainability and health and resilience across livestock and aquaculture species. The program operates from Townsville, Bribie Island, Brisbane, Armidale and Hobart. Dr. Dominik is an internationally recognised expert in animal breeding and genetics. Her research focuses on developing phenotypically complex novel traits with a passion for understanding the physiological drivers of adaption and their interaction with the environment. Her R&D has delivered improved breeding/selection methodologies across a wide range of complex traits and species (Atlantic salmon, abalone, prawns, oysters, sheep and cattle). In the last 5 years a major focus of her work has been the development of techniques that deliver cost-effective genomic technologies to the commercial sector of the livestock industries and developing traits such as methane emission in sheep, resistance to breech flystrike and immune competence in cattle to maintain the sustainability of the livestock industries.
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Research Group Leader, Nutrition & Production Systems

  • Cedric, Senior Research Scientist, has broad research interests, including the digestive physiology and nutritional requirements of crustaceans, fish and molluscs, the non-invasive assessment of nutritional and health condition using novel tools, feed additives, feed extrusion, and sustainable aquafeed ingredients and formulation. He holds a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Auckland and a BSc in Aquaculture from James Cook University.
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Research Group Leader, Animal Health & Resilience

  • Aaron has a longstanding commitment to research projects that aim to improve animal health and understand the mechanisms of resistance to disease. Aaron’s research has delivered vaccines, immune stimulants, remote monitoring technologies and the immune competence trait.
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Research Group Leader, Sustainability & Welfare

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Research Group Leader, Breeding and Genomics

  • James is a molecular geneticist with an international reputation in the field of animal genomics. He joined the Aquaculture program in 2016 to work on Atlantic salmon sex determination and maturation, barramundi applied breeding and genomic tool development. He currently serves as group leader for Breeding and Genomics.
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Research Director, Future Protein

  • PhD in bioanalytical mass spectrometry. Michelle uses mass spectrometry (MS) and proteomics to help identify key proteins that will benefit Australia's livestock, aquaculture and plant industries and improve human health. She is leading the Future Protein mission which aims to catalyse Australia’s protein industry growth by delivering high quality, affordable and sustainable protein for the health of Australians and our environment.
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