Grant Stentiford, Ph.D.

Lead of the Animal and Human Health (CEFAS,UK) University of Exeter, Sustainable Aquaculture Futures Center (Co-Director)

Prof Grant D. Stentiford is Animal and Human Health Theme lead at the Cefas Weymouth Laboratory. He is co-Director of the Sustainable Aquaculture Futures Centre at the University of Exeter, UK. He was Director of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Crustacean Diseases on behalf of DG SANCO of the European Commission between 2008 and 2018 and Science lead for Aquatic Animal Health at Cefas from 2016 to 2019. He has a BSc (first class) in Life Sciences from the University of Nottingham, UK (1993-1997) and a PhD in invertebrate pathology from the University of Glasgow (1997-2000). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Pathology in 2014 and a fellow of the Linnean Society in 2016. He is a pathologist and his work focuses on the identification and impact of aquatic animal diseases in farmed and wild environments. He has published over 130 ISI papers, guest edited several Special Issues of international journals in this field and is currently Associate Editor in Chief for the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. He established a new Division (Diseases of Beneficial Invertebrates) of the Society of Invertebrate Pathology (SIP) in 2009 and was inaugural chair of the Division between 2009 and 2012. He was the SIP Founders Lecturer in 2015. He has been invited to speak at conferences associated with aquatic animal disease in the Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Australia. He is a strong advocate of One Health thinking, particularly when applied to design of future sustainable food systems.

Kelly Bateman, Ph.D.

Invertebrate Pathologist at CEFAS
Leader of the Crustacean Health Theme

Dr Kelly Bateman is an Invertebrate Pathologist at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in the UK.  Her work focuses on aquatic invertebrate pathogens, and combines approaches based upon histopathology, transmission electron microscopy and molecular systematics for the classification of novel and emerging pathogens, in particular diseases of crustaceans.  Kelly is leading the work of the Crustacean Health Theme within the OIE Collaborating Centre for Emerging Aquatic Animal Disease and the International Centre of Excellence for Aquatic Animal Health at Cefas. She has over 20 years’ experience in the diagnosis of disease in experimental, farmed and wild aquatic animals, with a particular interest in the identification and characterization of novel and emerging pathogens of crustaceans. Kelly was the coordinator of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Crustacean Diseases between 2008 and 2018, leading a network of laboratories across the European Union in maintenance and improvement of diagnostic testing for diseases listed in European legislation (e.g. White Spot Syndrome Virus). This was achieved through the organization and assessment of proficiency testing and training programmes. Kelly has a special interest in the diagnosis and taxonomy of invertebrate viruses and is currently developing techniques to enhance the classification of these non-culturable viruses using pathology, transmission electron microscopy and next generation sequencing approaches. She is experienced in design and execution of field sampling programmes and in carrying out detailed experimental tank trials within the World class biosecure facilities at Cefas. In many cases, these trials have involved pathogens which are exotic to Europe and have been conducted on a wide range of host taxa. Kelly is a Trustee of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology and an Associate Editor for the society journal, the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. She is an author on over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the field of aquatic animal health.

Bryony Williams, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer at the Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter

My research concerns the molecular evolution and comparative cell biology of eukaryotes, and particularly the adaptation of parasite cells to the intracellular environment. I am a member of the Microbes and Disease research group.

Wendy Higman, Ph.D.

Lead business development manager at CEFAS, UK

Dr Wendy Higman is the lead on One Health science programme development. She works closely with Defra in supporting development of international opportunities and is the manager of the Cefas/Exeter University collaborative Sustainable Aquaculture Futures centre, hosted at Exeter University. Dr Higman’s main areas of interest are in aquatic animal health and include: aquatic disease diagnosis and surveillance programmes, digital pathology and training and aquatic veterinary pharmaceutical studies. She is currently developing projects in the Middle East and South East Asia on the surveillance, detection and diagnosis of aquatic diseases. Including utilising decentralised testing and POND side diagnostics.

Diana Minardi, Ph.D.

Crustacean health research and diagnosis at CEFAS, UK

Dr Diana Minardi is a molecular biologist involved in the investigation of crustacean and fish disease. Her current research focuses on the detection and diagnosis of pathogens combining standard molecular approaches (like PCR, qPCR) and high throughput next generation sequencing. Diana studied Aquaculture and Fish Pathology (University of Bologna) and obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences (University of Exeter) before joining Cefas and the Crustacean Health Theme within the OIE Collaborating Centre for Emerging Aquatic Animal Disease and the International Centre of Excellence for Aquatic Animal Health. While her studies have ranged from crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci) detection to the application of pond-site molecular diagnostic tools, her interests include the description of disease-associated microbiome (pathobiome) changes in shrimps and fish aquaculture systems by high throughput next generation sequencing.

David Bass, Ph.D.

Protistologist and Molecular parasitologist at CEFAS, UK

After completing a DPhil and postdoctoral period at Oxford, David started his own research group at The Natural History Museum, London (NHM), working on microbial evolution and ecology, particularly eukaryotes. He currently holds a joint position at NHM (20%) and Cefas (80%). His areas of expertise are molecular phylogenetics, molecular diversity studies (including environmental DNA (eDNA) sequencing and analysis), molecular taxonomy and diagnostics, and protistan biodiversity and parasitology. Current work focuses on applying molecular assays for a wide range of parasite lineages to understand their pathology, evolution, and ecology, understanding how microbial communities (e.g. microbiomes) contribute to health status of their host organisms and the health status of the surrounding environment, molecular early warning indicators for disease risk, emerging diseases, and ‘ground-truthing’ molecular/environmental signal from pathogens with actual infection of other organisms within that system, disease, and risk. He is President of Protistology-UK, the professional society of protistologists in the UK, and on the Advisory Council of UniEuk, a large initiative to resolve the taxonomy of micro-eukaryotes and provide robust sequence and taxonomic data to the wider community.