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Professor Dean Jerry

Dean of Research


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Southern Cross University, 1995-1998;
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours First class), University of New England, Armidale, Majors: Zoology, Marine Biology, 1991–1994

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Professor Dean Jerry is the Dean of Research, James Cook University Singapore. He is also the Director of the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding, and the Deputy Director JCU Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture.

His primary area of research focus and expertise is in the application of genetic technologies to the improvement of farmed aquatic organisms.  He has worked with aquaculture species for 17 years and over this time has built a large internationally recognised research team in aquaculture genetics which has been instrumental in the development of genetic tools and knowledge to inform selective breeding programs for numerous tropical aquatic farmed species.

He also currently advises and assists with selective breeding programs for pearl oysters, marine shrimp, barramundi and redclaw crayfish.

As a strong advocate for the role aquaculture will play in securing humanity's future protein needs, Professor Jerry is always interested in hearing from people and companies who are seeking to conduct R&D leading to improved efficiencies in aquaculture production.

Professor Jerry is also pioneering the application of environmental DNA technologies to the detection of rare and invasive aquatic organism in Australia, and in detection of aquaculture pathogens.

Research Interests

Aquaculture genetics, Aquaculture disease, Population genetics, Environmental DNA