Dr Kristin O'Brien

Kristin is an Associate Professor within the Institute of Arctic Biology, and the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She completed her Ph.D. in Zoology with the late Dr. Bruce Sidell, studying the physiology and biochemistry of Antarctic fishes. She then studied mitochondrial biology in Saccharomyces cerevisiae as an NIH NRSA post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Robert Poyton in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Today, her research interests are focused on the physiology and biochemistry of Antarctic icefishes, and the molecular mechanisms of muscle remodeling in response to cold temperature in fishes.

Tentative title: How will Antarctic notothenioid fishes fare as the southern ocean warms?







Dr Eduarda Santos

Eduarda Santos is a lecturer in Environmental Biology at the University of Exeter, UK. She received her PhD in fish reproductive endocrinology from Brunel University in 2002. Her research interests range from understanding the dynamics of sexual development and function to the effects of chemical pollutants on these processes and, more generally, on the global health of fish. In her research, she has employed genomics approaches to generate an in depth understanding of the molecular pathways mediating chemical toxicity in fish and the differential susceptibility of wild populations to environmental stressors, as a consequence of their exposure history.

Tentative title: Understanding the mechanisms of toxicity of environmental chemicals in fish using genome-wide transcript profiling







Professor Susan Edwards

Sue received her PhD in Biological Sciences from Deakin University, Australia working with Dr. Tes Toop on "Physiological mechanisms associated with acid/base regulation in fishes". She completed a post doc with Dr. James Claiborne in the USA that led to a number of publications and many years of collaboration. In 2002 she took her first academic position back in Australia at James Cook University. However, in 2006 after many years of commuting from Australia to the USA for research, she decided to return to the USA to be closer to her model organisms. She is now Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University, USA. Her research program continues to focus on the identification and localization of ion transport mechanisms associated with osmotic balance, acid/base homeostasis and more recently nitrogenous waste excretion in fishes. .

Tentative title: Agnathan fish and the evolution of ionic regulatory physiology







Professor Chris Secombes, DSc, FSB, FRSE

Chris is Head of the Scottish Fish Immunology Research Centre at the University of Aberdeen, which opened in 2003. He has been working on the immune system of fish for over 35 years, and has published over 350 papers, with a particular focus on the characterisation of cytokines and how they regulate the fish immune system. In 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Biology, in 2004 he was appointed to the Established Chair of Zoology at Aberdeen, and in 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and awarded the RSE Alexander Ninian Bruce Prize for his "outstanding contribution to our understanding of the immune system of fish, particularly salmonids". From 2002-2011 he was Head of the School of Biological Sciences at Aberdeen University, and from 2003-2006 he was President of the International Society for Developmental and Comparative Immunology. In 2013 he was awarded life membership of the newly formed International Society of Fish & Shellfish Immunology. He is Editor of Fish & Shellfish Immunology, and on the editorial boards of Molecular Immunology and Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology.

Tentative title: Do T helper cells exist in fish