I received my PhD in Fish Immunology from the University College Swansea in 1998. I joined the Scottish Fish Immunology Research Centre at the University of Aberdeen in 1999 as a PDRA studying the molecular crosstalk between the immune and neuroendocrine systems in rainbow trout. I was appointed as senior research fellow in 2013 and currently a member of the oomycete research group at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen. My interests are focused on the characterization of molecular mechanisms underpinning fish host-pathogen interactions with the view of developing novel immune therapies, particularly in the context of vaccine development. I have spearheaded proliferative kidney disease (PKD) research since 2007 through grants from the BBSRC, Swiss National Science Foundation, and the European Commission under the H2020 Programme (Grant H2020-634429 ParaFishControl) to develop genomic and functional tools to aid the shortlisting of parasite virulence factors and vaccine candidates. Currently, I am working towards the develop a novel immersion vaccination approach that has the potential to protect fish from a wide range of fish pathogens.