B.Sc. Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer


Contact Details

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Aug 2015. Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor). School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen.

Jan 2013 - Lecturer (Assistant Professor). School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen.

Jan 2011 - Dec 2012. University of St Andrews. MASTS-funded post doctoral research fellow in Ian Johnston's group, investigating fish genomics and evolution.

Jan 2008 - Dec 2010.  University of St Andrews. NERC-funded post doctoral research fellow in Ian Johnston's group, investigating the molecular basis of phenotypic evolution in fish populations. 

2004 - 2008. PhD. University of St Andrews titled 'Embryonic temperature and the genes regulating myogenesis in teleosts' (Link to thesis). Supervised by Prof. Ian Johnston (FRSE). Funded by a NERC CASE studentship with EWOS Innovation as the industrial partner.

2003 - 1st Class (Hons) B.Sc. from the University of Plymouth in Marine Biology and Ocean Science.


Research Interests


Daniel Macqueen


A description of my research interests can be found at: https://www.macqueenresearchgroup.com/dan

Current Research

My research group's current research is described at: https://www.macqueenresearchgroup.com/research.



See: https://www.macqueenresearchgroup.com/

Research Grants

See: https://www.macqueenresearchgroup.com/current-funding


Teaching Responsibilities

I was previously nominated for the University of Aberdeen Excellence in Teaching Award

Course coordination: ZO3513. Environmental Physiology (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17). I give 14hours of lecture (course introduction, 3 lectures on Evolutionary Physiology, revision sessions) and lead 32 hours of activity related to continuous assessment, which includes practicals and a poster conference. I lead exam development and marking of coursework and exam scripts. 

ZO4811 Honours Projects. Each year I supervise 3-5 students during a minimum 4-month research project. I mark their projects and second mark projects supervised by colleagues. Fifteen Honours project students supervised to date.

BI4017 Honours Essays. I supervise up to five students each year who write a 5000 word essay on a topic of my suggestion. Popular essay choices I have provided include: “An essay on the role of epigenetics in development and evolution” and “Can evolution and creationism ever be reconciled?". I mark all my students’ essays and second mark essays supervised by colleagues. Fourteen students supervised to date.

BI1008 - Introduction to Biological Sciences. Give lecture introducing Genomics themed around gene duplication. I support the course by marking student coursework.

BI2508 Animal Physiology –  I give lectures on muscle physiology, locomotion and migration, contribute to development of examination material and mark exam scripts

ZO4811 Sustainable Aquaculture. I lead a class/seminar on Selective Breeding and Genomics in Aquaculture. I support the course by assessing oral presentations given by students. I host an external speaker from Xelect Ltd to give a perspective on genetic selection in the aquaculture industry. I second mark exam scripts and continuous assessment. 

BI5002 - Research Project for MSci Biological Sciences. I supervise MSci students during a 6-month research project and mark their projects 2 students supervised to date. 

ZO4817: Hormones and Behaviour. I support this course by marking student presentations.

Further Info

External Responsibilities

2016. DPhil Examination: Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. Supervisor: Prof. Peter Holland FRS. Internal examiner: Dr Dmitry Filatov.

2016 to current. Core member: ‘Functional Annotation of All Salmonid Genomes’ (FAASG) initiative, sat on Bioinformatics & Data Analysis Committee.

2016. Panel Member: ERA-Net COFASP-Marine Biotechnology projects (third call) (under EU 7th Framework Programme). Role included acting as lead assessor for applications.

2016. Panel Member: Norwegian Research Council. BIOTEK2021 call for Optimization Projects. Role included acting as lead assessor.

2016. Panel Member: Norwegian Research Council. BIOTEK2021 call for Research Projects associated with "Digital life – Convergence for Innovation". Role included acting as lead assessor for applications.

2015 to current. Grant review for: NERC (Panel C), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Genes, Cells and Molecules Panel), DEFRA and the Physiological Society.

Peer reviewer for 33 journals: Molecular Biology & Evolution, Heredity, GigaScience, Genome Biology & Evolution, BMC Evolutionary Biology, BMC Genomics, BMC Structural Biology, PLoS One, Gene, G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, Mechanisms of Development, FEBS Open Bio, General and Comparative Endocrinology, Developmental and Comparative Immunology, F1000 Research; Developmental Dynamics, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Marine Genomics, The Protein Journal, Mitochondrial DNA, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Parts A, B, C and D, Fish and Shellfish Immunology, Fish Biochemistry and Physiology, SpringerPlus, Journal of Fish Biology, Marine and Freshwater Research, Aquaculture Research, Agri-gene, Domestic Animal Endocrinology.

Consultant for Xelect Ltd - spin-out company from the University of St Andrews which provides genetic services for aquaculture including the use and development of genetic markers for broodstock selection.

Admin Responsibilities

Includes, but not restricted to:

2017: PhD examiner (internal examiner). For student of Prof. Sam Martin.

2016 to current: Biological Safety Officer and commitee member: Old Aberdeen Genetic Modification committee. 

2014-2016: Teaching and Learning committee, School of Biological Sciences. 

Since 2014: Personal Tutor for up to 10 undergraduate students at any time. For more information see here

2017 to current: Academic Line Manager, School of Biological Sciences. Currently responsible for line-management of 5 post-doctoral fellows outside my own group. 

2015 to current: Chair of Level 4 Student-Staff Liaison Committees (bi-annual), School of Biological Sciences. 

Hosting external seminar speakers:

2013. Dr Michael Berenbrink (University of Liverpool, UK).

2016. Dr Simen Sandve (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway)

2016. Prof. Peter Holland FRS (University of Oxford, UK).

Selected presentations

43 presentations to date. Includes the following invited oral presentations:

2016. ‘The salmon of knowledge - from food to genome biology'. Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. Hosted by Prof. Peter Holland FRS. Departmental Seminar.

2016. 'Fantastic fish: integrative insights into physiology, genomes and evolution'. Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen. Hosted by Prof. Stefan Hoppler. Departmental Seminar.

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’. Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway. Hosted by Dr Simen Sandve. Departmental Seminar.

2015. Keynote: 'Genome duplication and the evolution of eukaryotic life. International Student Research Forum. University of Aberdeen, 19-23 July 2015.

2015. ‘The role of genome duplication in the evolution and diversification of salmonid fish’. Society for Experimental Biology Satellite Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, June 29 2015.

2014. ‘Getting to the heart of a surprising discovery – how cardiac myoglobin deficit has evolved repeatedly during teleost evolution’. Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting, Manchester UK, 1-4 Jul 2014. 

2013. Molecular evolution of the classical branch of the Calpain gene family”.Given at the‘Biology of Calpains in Health and Disease’ conference. Organized by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Vermont, USA, July 21-26, 2013.


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