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Dr. Giana Gomes

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Dr. Giana Gomes

Lecturer, Aquaculture


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), James Cook University, 2013– 2017;
  • Certified Aquatic Veterinarian, World Aquatic Veterinarian Medical Association (WAVMA), 2015;
  • Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM), Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE), Brazil, 2006-2008;
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE), Brazil, 1998-2003.

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Dr. Giana Gomes is an aquatic veterinarian researcher, passionate by the aquaculture industry. Dr. Giana started her career in aquaculture in 2003, soon after she graduated in veterinary medicine in Brazil. She worked for the largest prawn hatchery (Aquatec) and the first specific pathogen free (SPF) prawn hatchery from Brazil. After leaving the Brazilian company she did her Master’s degree on prawn diseases caused by an intracellular bacteria (NHPB). Soon after Dr Gomes migrated to Australia.

Since 2010, Dr. Gomes worked for various renowned research institutions in Australia including James Cook University, DEEDI-DPI QLD and Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). Dr. Gomes is also an aquatic veterinarian certified by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA).

Dr. Gomes completed her PhD on developing new tools for early detection of ciliate parasites in farmed barramundi from tropical Australia, at James Cook University Australia under the supervision of and Dr. Kate Hutson, Dr. Terry Miller and Prof Dean Jerry. In 2016, Dr. Giana Gomes won double prize: the “Science and Innovation and Minister Award" from the Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, which recognises the best emerging young talent in rural Australian industries.

Research Interests

Aquatic animal health, aquaculture, environmental DNA (eDNA), aquatic diagnostics, IoT in aquaculture, on farm detection of pathogens.