Prof Ian Johnston


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School Positions
Chandos Professor of Physiology (1997-present)
Director, Scottish Oceans Institute (2012-present)
Director, Gatty Marine Laboratory (1985-2008)
Director of Research, School of Biology (2003-6)
Member, School of Biology Management Group (2000-2006) (2012-present)
Head of School: (Biology & Preclinical Medicine, 1987-1992; Environmental & Evolutionary Biology, 1997-1999)

External Positions
Steering Committee Member of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) – an ESFRI Research Infrastructure in the preparatory phase (2011-2014)
Steering Committee Member of LIFECYCLE an EU-funded FP7 Integrated Research Project (2009-2013)
Vice-President (2005-2007) and President (2007-2009) Society for Experimental Biology
Member of the Natural Environment Research Council & Chairman, Marine Science & Technology Board (1995-2000)
Adjunct Professor, University of Nordland, Norway (2002-2011)

Elected Fellow Royal Society of Edinburgh 1987
Awarded Scientific Medal Zoological Society of London 1984

Research Group
Dr Vera Vieira-Johnston (Honorary Research Fellow)
Dr Daniel J. Macqueen (MASTS Research Fellow)
Dr Daniel Garcia de la serrana (EU-funded)
Dr Thomas Ashton (BBSRC-funded)
Clara Coll-Llado, PhD student/academic apprentice (50% with Dr David Ferrier)

Professor Shugo Watabe, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8657, Japan
Dr Bjarni K. Kristjánsson, Holar University College, Iceland
Dr Robert H. Devlin, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, West Vancouver, Canada
Professor Jorge Fernandes, University of Nordland, Norway
Industrial Partners
Young’s Seafood, SalmoBreed A/S, BioMar, Ewos Innovation



Holman, LE, Garcia de la Serrana, D, Onoufriou, A, Hillestad, B & Johnston, IA 2017, 'A workflow used to design low density SNP panels for parentage assignment and traceability in aquaculture species and its validation in Atlantic salmon' Aquaculture, vol 476, pp. 59-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.04.001
Garcia de la Serrana, D, Jofre, EN, Martin, SAM, Johnston, IA & Macqueen, DJ 2017, 'Divergent regulation of insulin-like growth factor binding protein genes in cultured Atlantic salmon myotubes under different models of catabolism and anabolism' General and Comparative Endocrinology, vol 247, pp. 53-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2017.01.017
Garcia de la Serrana, D, Mareco, EA, Vieira, VLA, Power, DM & Johnston, IA 2016, 'Comparison of the transcriptional responses of skeletal muscle and bone to a flooding dose of leucine in the gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata)' Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, vol 199, pp. 50-57. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpb.2016.02.003
Garcia de la Serrana Castillo, D, Devlin, R & Johnston, IA 2015, 'RNAseq analysis of fast skeletal muscle in restriction-fed transgenic coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch): an experimental model uncoupling the growth hormone and nutritional signals regulating growth' BMC Genomics, vol 16, no. 15, 564. DOI: 10.1186/s12864-015-1782-z
Salmerón, C, Navarro, I, Johnston, IA, Gutiérrez, J & Capilla, E 2015, 'Characterisation and expression analysis of cathepsins and ubiquitin-proteasome genes in gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) skeletal muscle' BMC Research Notes, vol 8, no. 149. DOI: 10.1186/s13104-015-1121-0
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Prof Ian Johnston
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

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