Professor Brian Austin is the new head of the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling in the UK. He comes from Heriot-Watt University where he is head of the School of Life Sciences.
He takes up his new post on July 1 and succeeds Professor Randolph Richards CBE, who will continue his research and teaching work at the institute.
Professor Austin’s research interests focus on bacterial fish diseases, and in particular the development of disease control strategies, including vaccines, immuno-stimulants and probiotics.
The Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling has grown steadily over the past 35 years to become the leading international centre in its field and the largest of its kind in the world. With more than110 staff and 120 postgraduate students, it brings together cross-disciplinary, world class researchers to meet the global challenges faced by aquaculture.