The Aquatic Vaccine Unit forms part of the disease group within the Institute of Aquaculture and is an active partner in the Scottish Fish Immunology Research Centre.
Research in the Aquatic Vaccine Unit focuses on fish disease control through the development of novel rapid diagnostic tests (both molecular and antibody based) and vaccines for both fresh water and marine cultured fish species. Our work also includes more fundamental research on the immune response of fish. With state of the art fresh-water aquarium facilities (the Aquatic Research Facility, ARF) the unit offers a range of commercial aquarium services to GLP standard. These include safety and efficacy testing for vaccines, antibiotics and in-feed supplements.
Commercial immunodiagnostic and molecular diagnostic services are also performed for the detection and identification of specific fish pathogens, and serology services are offered for the detection of fish IgM, total protein and lysozyme. Many of the monoclonal antibodies developed in the Aquatic Vaccine Unit have been commercialised through a spin-out company Aquatic Diagnostics Ltd. This includes antibodies for the identification of fish pathogens and antibodies to detect different fish species IgM.