New arrivals at the Roslin Institute

Visitors and new postdoctoral researchers are arriving throughout 2022 to join our team.


Hugo Suarez is visiting the Roslin Institute in 2022.
Hugo Suárez

The aquaculture team at the Roslin Institute is enthusiastic about the visiting researchers we'll be collaborating with throughout 2022. Since the start of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic made in-person visits to the Roslin Institute more challenging; while it has been rewarding to collaborate alongside our partners and teammates remotely, the promise of safely hosting fellow researchers from other institutions in the Roslin Institute has excited our team . A number of guests will be joining us over the course of the year; Group Leaders Tim Bean and Diego Robledo are very excited for this opportunity to work alongside skilled researchers from other universities across Europe and beyond. We have five visitors arriving at the Roslin Institute in the first half of 2022: Eiríkur Andri Thormar, Daniel Ramírez, Hugo Suárez, Laura Sempere Bea, and Miroslav Bobrik. We've developed a series of pages for our visitors in the People section where you can find more information about them and their ongoing research and we've provided more information about their visits to the University of Edinburgh below.

Daniel Ramírez is visiting the Roslin Institute in 2022.
Daniel Ramírez

Daniel, Laura, and Hugo are all studying at Spanish universities, and will be joining us at the Roslin Institute as an extension of their academic research. Hugo is traveling from the University of Vigo in Galicia. With a background in life sciences, Hugo has studied ostreid herpesvirus (OsHV) and will be assisting the Aquaculture team with our research on oysters, bringing a familiarity with Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) to bear as we study the species and its susceptibility to disease. Meanwhile, Daniel's current focus on flatfish is further afield when compared against work we currently undertake at the Roslin Institute, but Daniel has a great deal of insight to share with our team, writing that "I aim to learn as much as possible about bioinformatics but also new experimental techniques, as lab work will always remain as one of my interests." The focus of Laura's ongoing PhD project is orientated towards study of European sea bass in rearing conditions; she writes: "I am interested in the identification of differential gene expression and SNPs between faster- and slower-growing females in the muscle and liver, as they pertain to gonadal maturity."

You can reach Hugo's page via this link.

You can reach Daniel's page via this link.

 You can reach Laura's page via this link.


Miroslav Bobrik is visiting the Roslin Institute in 2022.
Miroslav Bobrik

Miroslav and Eiríkur will both be studying disease resistance in Atlantic salmon during their time at Roslin, though their work is predicated on different diseases. Miroslav, who is visiting the Roslin Institute as an extension of their PhD study at the University of Norway, will be working with a new model cell line at Roslin, stating that "it is very exciting to be able to develop new international collaboration" while continuing their work with molecular cloning of custom vectors among numerous other topics. Meanwhile, Eiríkur, a PhD candidate at the University of Copenhagen, uses new techniques to study how host-genetics impact on microbiota, and will be studying amoebic gill disease resistance in Atlantic salmon during their visit. "I am very excited to be visiting the Robledo group," writes Eiríkur, "and to learn from their expertise in quantitative genetics and functional genomics." 

You can reach Miroslav's page via this link.

You can reach Eiríkur's page via this link.

Summed up, these are drastically different areas of skill and interest; each visitor offers us a unique skillset and perspective, and we delight in helping them gain hands-on experience alongside our team and in our ongoing projects. We are elated at the opportunity to collaborate with such talented researchers.  

Lavanya is joining the Aquaculture team in 2022.
Lavanya Vythalingam

In addition to these visiting team members, the number of postdoctoral researchers within the Aquaculture group will continue to grow this year, and we are thrilled to be joined by two new postdoctoral researchers: Sarah Salisbury and Lavanya Vythalingam. The interchange of information and experience is integral to our own work, and we're excited to see what opportunities we can seize together. 

As new members join our team, readers can learn more about their projects, experience, specialties, and interests through our People section here on the University of Edinburgh's aquaculture website. 

You can reach our People section via this link.