DR Nicholas Robinson

DR Nicholas Robinson

Positions

  • Aquaculture (Salmon, abalone, barramundi, shrimp, rohu)
  • Genomics (QTL mapping, genomic selection, epigenetics, gene expression)
  • Selective breeding (Genetic improvement)

Overview

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  • Senior Scientist and South East Asia-Pacific contact with Nofima (Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research) and Associate Professor (Melbourne Enterprise Fellow) with the University of Melbourne Australia. Twenty-five years of research experience with the genetic improvement of livestock and aquaculture species with a focus on design of genetic improvement programs, molecular genetics, gene mapping, genomics, epigenetics and genomic selection. Has held positions as the Head of Genetics with the Department of Primary Industries Victoria (8 years), as the Research Leader of Breeding and Genetics at AKVAFORSK (Institute of Aquaculture Research, Norway, 2 years) and as member of the Board of Directors for the Akvaforsk Genetics Centre (2 years). Awarded more than 40 research grants (eg. funded by the EU Commission, Norwegian Research Council, Fisheries Research Development Council Australia etc.). Author and co-author of around 60 journal publications (cited more than 1000 times) and book chapters contributing to knowledge about epigenetics, design of selective breeding programs, disease resistance, expressed sequences and polymorphisms revealed by mRNA-seq, microsatellite evolution, population genetics, gene marker discovery, bioeconomic modelling and marker assisted selection.   

Affiliation

Member of

  • World Aquaculture Society. Member and contributor to conferences 2004 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 1992
  • BSc, Monash University 1984

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Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Able to link students to my applied aquaculture research projects in Norway, Australia and elsewhere around the world. My research is primarily concerned with developing genomic tools that can be used in selective breeding programs to improve the genetics (disease resistance, stress resilience and general productivity/quality) of fish and shellfish for aquaculture. I work with the Norwegian Institute of Aquaculture Research (Nofima, formerly Akvaforsk) which is a world leading applied research institute in this area and has more than 40 years experience developing aquaculture around the world. My research is concerned with epigenetics, design of selective breeding programs, disease resistance, expressed sequences and polymorphisms revealed by mRNA-seq, population genetics, gene marker discovery, bioeconomic modelling and genomic selection.