Biomarkers Laboratory Manager & Research
Animal & Veterinary Sciences
Animal Behaviour & Welfare
I manage the Welfare Biomarkers Laboratory at SRUC which specialises in developing new assays to complement the research of the Animal Behaviour & Welfare Team. The aim and philosophy of the lab is to integrate physiological measurements into mainstream animal welfare research. We are also working on identifying and validating non-invasive markers. We have expertise in a range of techniques including: cytokines, glucocorticoids, ELISAs, molecular techniques (DNA/RNA extraction, endpoint & rt-PCR). We deal with a number of different farm species, including sheep, goats, turkeys, horses, donkeys and pigs. We are primarily a research lab however we also perform analysis of samples on request. I am also IOSH Managing Safely certified and am the Animal & veterinary sciences group representative for H&S and Quality Assurance.
If you would like to discuss development or validation of physiological assays, please get in touch.
I undertake a range of teaching on various topics including parasitology and molecular techniques. I also run laboratory practicals covering a range of experimental techniques. The Welfare Biomarkers Laboratory is also a resource for training of students and staff. Since opening the laboratory in January 2012 I have trained 4 Undergraduates, 4 Masters students, 3 international students, 9 PhD students (plus 4 international PhDs) and 5 postdocs, (plus 3 international Postdocs) and 7 technicians on a variety of laboratory techniques.
Researcher and Laboratory Manager
Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG
Telephone: 0131 651 7310
Fax: 0131 535 3121