Grant is Aquatic Animal Health Theme Lead at the Cefas Weymouth Laboratory in the UK. He also holds the position of Director of the European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases on behalf of DG SANCO of the European Commission.
He has a BSc (first class) in Life Sciences from the University of Nottingham, UK (1993-1997) and a PhD in invertebrate pathology from the University of Glasgow (1997-2000). He has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists since 2014 and a was made a Fellow of the Linnean Society in 2017. His work focuses on aquatic animal pathology and combines approaches based upon histopathology, transmission electron microscopy and molecular systematics for the classification of novel and emerging pathogens. He has wide experience in the diagnosis of disease in experimental, farmed and wild aquatic animals and has a wide collaborative network within the UK, Europe and around the world. He has published over 120 ISI papers in aquatic animal health and is currently Associate Editor in Chief for the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology.
He was Chair of an ad hoc Committee for Susceptibility of Crustacean Hosts to OIE Listed Pathogens (2014-2016), is a Trustee and Chair of the Science Committee of the UK National Lobster Hatchery (since 2011) and established a new Division (Diseases of Beneficial Invertebrates) of the Society of Invertebrate Pathology (SIP) in 2009 (inaugural chair 2009-2012).
He was Founders Lecturer for the SIP in 2015. He has worked with the OECD on international symposia on aquatic animal health and food security and has been an invited speaker on aquatic animal health at conferences across Europe, the USA, Latin America and Asia. He is an honorary Associate Professor at the University of Exeter, UK where he has ongoing projects in invertebrate host-pathogen interaction and is co-Director of ‘Sustainable Aquaculture Futures’, a centre focussed on mitigation of yield-limiting disease in global aquaculture.
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