Grant Stentiford is Principal Scientific Officer and Team Leader of the Pathology and Molecular Systematics Team at Cefas Weymouth Laboratory. 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). 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 established the first European Union Reference Laboratory for Crustacean Diseases (EURL) at the request of the EC in 2008. The EURL now coordinates the activities of 27 Member State National Reference Laboratories across the EU. The EURL leads in pathogen diagnostics in this animal group and is a globally recognised expert centre able to respond to disease outbreaks in farmed and wild animals (see www.crustaceancrl.eu). Much of his work utilises clinical (histology, electron microscopy) and molecular (PCR, QPCR, NGS) data for the detection and classification of novel pathogens; rapid and accurate diagnostics being at the centre of national and regional responses to disease outbreaks in wild and farmed aquatic animals. He has published over 100 ISI papers and guest edited two Special Volumes of the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology (2010, 2012) and one Special Volume of Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (2012) on crustacean diseases and food security. He was recently elected to Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRC Path) (2014). He was Subject Editor for Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (since 2006) and is current Associate Editor in Chief for the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology (since 2013). He is Chair of an ad hoc Committee for Susceptibility of Crustacean Hosts to OIE Listed Pathogens (2014-2016). He is a Trustee and Chair of the Science Committee of the UK National Lobster Hatchery (since 2011). He established a new Division (Diseases of Beneficial Invertebrates) of the Society of Invertebrate Pathology (SIP) in 2009 and was inaugural chair of the Division between 2009 and 2012. In this role he organised international symposia on aquatic animal and bee diseases in the USA (2009, 2013), Turkey (2010), Canada (2011, 2015), Argentina (2012) and Germany (2014). He secured funding from the OECD to host an international symposium (Canada) in 2012 on the topic of ‘Crustacean Diseases and Global Food Security’ and a second OECD funded symposium on ‘Microsporidia in the food chain’ in Vancouver, 2015. He has organised and chaired 7 annual meetings of the EU Member State National Reference Laboratories for Crustacean Diseases in the UK, Italy and Finland between 2008 and present. He has been invited to talk at conferences associated with aquatic animal disease in the UK, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. In addition to Directing the EURL, he has lead on numerous projects for the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) associated with aquatic animal health, including health monitoring (cancer, intersex etc) of wild marine fish under the UK Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP). This work informs policy making under international Directives (such as the MSFD) and has been published widely within the scientific literature. He is an honorary Associate Professor at the University of Exeter, UK where he has ongoing projects in invertebrate host-pathogen interaction.
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