Aquaculture Academics

Jose Domingos


Dr Domingos’s research focuses on the development of efficient selective breeding programs for tropical aquaculture species. This involves the understanding and manipulation of endogenous and environmental factors affecting gonadal development and broodstock conditioning within appropriate maturation systems for reliable spawnings. Jose is particularly interested to boost farm productivity by developing fast growing and disease resistant strains through the use of cutting-edge genomic tools and quantitative genetics as a means to achieve sustainability and profitability of aquaculture in the tropics.

Jose has a long involvement with commercial aquaculture operations; prior to becoming an academic he managed over 700 hectares of prawn farming in Brazil. Trained in Brazil (Oceanography, FURG; MSc. Aquaculture, UFSC) and Australia (PhD Aquaculture Genetics, JCU), Jose has 20 years of combined industry, government and academic background. As a member of our JCU Singapore Aquaculture Research team, Jose is excited about creating a brighter future for life in the tropics  through applied R&D projects and training MSc and PhD students in discoveries that make a difference.

Susan Gibson-Kueh

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Dr Susan Gibson-Kueh did her BVSc at Sydney University, MSc at the Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University and her PhD on ‘Diseases of Asian seabass or barramundi, Lates calcarifer Bloch’ at Murdoch University, in Australia. Her expertise is in the study of complex diseases in aquaculture based on classical veterinary pathology. One of her earlier roles was as Head of the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory, AgriFood and Veterinary Authority of Singapore for over a decade. Dr Gibson-Kueh published the first reports of two important diseases of Asian seabass or barramundi, scale drop and big belly. Her current research is focused on the translation of an in-depth knowledge of gaps in aquatic animal health in aquaculture to her research goals. She believes that the key to successful management of diseases lies in advancing current applied knowledge on fish physiology, immunology and gene expression. She is passionate about promoting livelihoods to empower remote communities through quality education, in line with UN sustainable development goals to alleviate poverty.

Katheline Hua

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Associate Professor Katheline Hua is an expert in aquaculture nutrition. She has extensive research experience with both tropical and coldwater fish species. Her primary research interest is to develop cost-effective aquaculture feeds to promote growth, health and nutritional quality of fish and crustaceans. Specifically, she works to define and/or refine nutrient requirements and utilization for targeted aquaculture species, assess nutritive values of alternative ingredients and their optimal inclusion levels, explore suitable feed additives and functional ingredients to improve the nutritive values or mitigate possible detrimental effects of alternative ingredients, as well as develop optimal aquaculture feeds. One of her expertise areas is nutritional modelling, exploring the synergy of empirical and modelling approaches to integrate and synthesize information.

Dean Jerry

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Prof Jerry has worked with aquaculture species for 15 years and the genetics of aquatic organisms for 20. Since joining James Cook University in 2003, he has built an internationally recognised research group with a major focus on the development of genetic tools and knowledge to inform selective breeding programs for aquaculture species.

Maria Nayfa

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Dr. Maria Nayfa’s research focuses on the use of genetics in aquaculture selective breeding programs to improve global food security. In particular, she has experience in quantitative genetics (including, linkage mapping, QTL mapping, and GWAS), population genetics, and the use of molecular data to correct paper pedigree records in selective breeding programs. Dr. Nayfa is a big proponent of international partnerships and has worked closely with collaborators on projects in Egypt, Malaysia, Fiji, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. She has worked on a number of species: including, red snapper, Nile tilapia, corals, pearl oysters, barramundi/Asian seabass, and mola. She completed her BSc with Distinction at Duke University, USA, MSc at James Cook University, Australia, and her PhD on “Domestication in Aquaculture Fishes- Elucidating the Genomic Consequences in Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)” at James Cook University, Australia. She is currently working on the “Developing Genetic Resources for Red Snapper, an Important Marine Food Fish for Singapore” project with TFI and is excited to enhance and develop her areas of expertise, network, and aquaculture production in Singapore.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Nayfa’s work please visit her ResearchGate, LinkedIn, or reach out to her via email.

Xueyan Shen

P +65 6709 3858

Dr Shen’s research focus is on the development of “robust” aquaculture strains to boost seafood production. She has conducted genomics-assisted selection on two economically important fish, namely Asian seabass/barramundi and Mozambique tilapia, and also the ornamental fish, Asian arowana. Specific areas of her research interest include the development and application of new genomic resources and genetic tools for selective breeding; and elucidation of the genetic basis underlying commercially important traits such as disease resistance, fast growth, and adaption to various environmental stressors through deep RNA sequencing, QTL mapping, whole genome association studies (GWAS) as well as genomic selection (GS).

Nguyen Thanh Vu

P +65 9043 1926

Dr Vu had experiences working with some important brackish and freshwater aquaculture species in Vietnam for over 15 years, including giant freshwater prawn, tilapia and striped catfish breeding programs to improve growth and survival. He graduated BSc of Biotechnology in Vietnam and Master of Aquaculture Sciences in Norway. After graduated from University of the Sunshine Coast for his PhD degree in late 2021, he then joined James Cook University in Singapore to tackle on improving productivity of Singaporean aquaculture species, e.g., barramundi and red snapper. His background are quantitative genetics and modern genomics approaches for routine genetic assessment, population genomics, genomic prediction and selection. His interests are to using the combination of traditional genetics together with the genomic information for providing answer to current industry issues.