Research PG


Room 220, Zoology Building, Tillydrone Avenue, University of Aberdeen, AB242TZ


I am a third year PhD student at the SFIRC. My research is based on "Gut Leucocytes as a health screen for Functional Feeds". In my research I will be developing assays using fut immune cells which can be used to help understand the effects of nutritional ingredients on fish health. 

Previously I studied an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in Medical Biochemistry (2019).

Internal Memberships

2020/21 University of Aberdeen Boat Club Treasurer

2021/22 University of Aberdeen Boat Club Vice President

Prizes and Awards

Student Spotlight Award Finalist at the European Aquaculture Society Conference (Oct 2021) in Madiera, Portugal


Research Overview

Fish Health, Functional Feeds, Cell Cultures, Fish Immunology, Infection and immunity

Current Research

PhD - Gut leucocytes as a screen for the health impact of functional feeds:

Collaboration between the University of Aberdeen (SFIRC) and Skretting. 

Studying the gut health impacts of feeding functional feeds,with a focus on intestinal immune cells and their responses. The gut is the first point of contact with the ingredients and absorption across the gut wall may have direct effects on the lamina propria leucocytes and intraepithelial leucocytes. The concept is to develop assays based on isolated gut leucocytes. Following feeding for varying durations the gut cells will be isolated and studied for constitutive expression of immune genes and responsiveness to immnostimulants, to assess innate and inducible defences post feeding. This has the potential to be used to screen different feeds for putative health benefits and could be tested against disease resistance where effects look promising. 


University of Aberdeen: Professor Sam Martin (, 

Skretting: Dr. David Peggs, Dr Charles McGurk