Executive Committee

The Sixth Executive Committee


New The FHS/AFS Executive Committee for the period 2005-2008 was elected during the Seventh Triennial General Meeting (TGM-7) held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 25 to 28 October 2005 in conjunction with the Sixth Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture (DAA VI), a triennial symposia organised by the FHS.


Dr. Takashi Aoki (Japan)
Professor, Laboratory of Genome Science
Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Konan 4-5-7, Minato Tokyo 108-8477
Tel: +81-3-5463-0566
Fax: +83-3-5463-0690
E-mail: aoki@s.kaiyodai.ac.jp

Aoki is Professor in Fish Genetics and Biochemistry, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and directs a research program, dealing with fish and shellfish diseases and immunology. Aoki had published extensively on fish and shellfish diseases and immunology and on topics including cloning and characterization of fish and shellfish immune-related genes, characterization of virulence and drug resistance genes of fish pathogenic bacteria, studies and vaccines for aquaculture and molecular diagnostic technique. He was former President of the Japan Society of Fish Pathology and currently Vice-President of Japan Society of Fisheries Science.


Dr. Chu-Fang Lo (Taiwan)
Professor, Department of Zoology
National Taiwan University
No. 1 Sect. 4 Roosevelt Rd., Taipei 10764, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-23630231 ext. 3840
Fax: +886-2-23638179
E-mail: gracelow@ntu.edu.tw

Since 1994, Grace's collaborative work with Prof. Guang-Hsiung Kou has focused on the study of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), which is the causative agent of one of the world's most serious shrimp diseases. The scope of her research includes not only the virus itself, but extends to viral transmission and control. Under her guidance, her laboratory has developed WSSV screening technology and a PCR diagnostic kit that is now widely used by researchers as well as by the aquaculture industry. Grace has published the complete genome sequence for the WSSV Taiwan isolate, which is one of only three WSSV isolates whose full sequence is known. Grace chairs the ICTV Nimaviridae study group, and was formerly a member of the WSSV study group led by Dr. Just Vlak when it successfully proposed the erection of WSSV as the type species of a new genus (Whispovirus) and family (Nimaviridae). Grace continues to work on the molecular pathogenesis of WSSV and on host-virus interactions. She currently heads of two OIE reference laboratories in Asia. One is for white spot disease and the other is for spherical baculovirosis ( which is caused by MBV, or Penaeus monodon-type baculovirus).


Mr. Arun Padiyar (India/Indonesia)
Aquaculture and Livelihood Specialist
Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations
Tsunami Rehabilitation Support Coordination Unit
Jl. Angsa # 12, Ateuk Dean Tanoh
Banda Aceh, 23244 Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, Indonesia
Tel: +62 6517428576 Fax: +62 651635636
E-mail: Arun.Padiyar@fao.org

Arun is an alumni of the College of Fisheries, Mangalore, India. After completion of Bachelors and Masters degree in Fisheries Science (1993-1999), he started his professional career as research assistant in the same college during 1999-2001 in a DFID, UK funded project on Epidemiology of White spot syndrome in black tiger shrimp in Kundapur, India. Then for 5 years he worked for NACA as research associate and Project Supervisor for its MPEDA-NACA technical assistance programme on shrimp disease and coastal management in India. During this time he worked as an extension worker to disseminate better management practices and the concept of aquaclubs among the farmers for preventing and controlling diseases in nearly 1000 ha of small-scale shrimp farms in five states of India. Since August 2005, he is serving in Aceh, Indonesia for FAO as Aquaculture and Livelihood specialist to assist in rehabilitating the tsunami devastated aquaculture sub-sector. He is also an external Ph.D. candidate at Deakin University, Australia.


Dr. Melba B. Reantaso (Philippines/Italy)
Fishery Resources Officer (Aquaculture)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100, Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 0657054843
Fax: +39 0657053020
E-mail: Melba.Reantaso@fao.org

Melba was a civil servant for 20 years and retired as Senior Aquaculturist at the Fish Health Section of the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Melba earned post-doctoral, PhD and MSc degrees at the Nippon Veterinary and Animal University (as Japanese Society for Promotion of Science - JSPS Post-Doctoral Fellow), the University of Tokyo (as Japanese Government - Monbusho scholar), both in Japan, De La Salle University (in the Philippines as an IDRC scholar), respectively; and Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB). Melba served as the Regional Aquatic Animal Health Specialist of the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) from 1999 to 2002. In September 2002, she relocated to the United States to take up a post as Aquatic Animal Research Pathologist at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Cooperative Oxford Laboratory based in Oxford, MD before joining the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as Fishery Resources Officer (Aquaculture) in September 2004. A pioneering member of the FHS since 1989, Melba served as Secretary/Treasurer from 1999-2002, Chairperson from 2002-2005, Co-editor of DAA V and DAA VI. Her current work related to aquatic animal health includes general advise and technical assistance to FAO member countries with respect to developing programs on biosecurity and national strategies on aquatic animal health; capacity building on general aquatic animal health management, disease surveillance and risk analysis, normative work on developing guidelines and manuals on health management and aquatic animal health information system (FAO AAPQIS).


Dr. Brian Jones
Principal Fish Pathologist and Supervising Scientist, Aquaculture
Department of Fisheries of Western Australia
Adjunct Associate Professor at Murdoch University School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Animal Health Labs, 3 Baron-Hay Court, South Perth WA 6151, AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61-8-9368-3649
Fax: +61-8-9474-1881
E-mail: bjones@agric.wa.gov.au

Brian's main research interests are diseases and parasites of fish, crustaceans and mollusks (particularly pearl oysters); taxonomy of parasitic Copepoda, and Import Risk Assessment methodology. Brian has authored or co-author of over 100 scientific papers and technical reports and has broad international experience with both freshwater and marine fisheries and aquaculture, covering such diverse areas as aquaculture, pelagic fish stock assessment, satellite remote sensing and the environmental impacts of fishing. His primary interest has always been fish pathology.

Dr. Sharon McGladdery
National Aquatic Animal Health - Science Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent St., 12W114
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0E6
Tel: 1-613-991-6855
Fax: 1-613-993-7665
E-mail: mcgladderys@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Sharon is the national science advisor for aquatic animal health for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). She headed the Shellfish Health Laboratory in Moncton, New Brunswick, diagnostic services for live introductions and transfers, and designed training manuals and courses for local universities and colleges. She moved to Ottawa in 2002 to assist with development of Canada's National Aquatic Animal Health Program (NAAHP). Sharon has been involved in a number of aquatic animal health projects in the Asia Pacific Region, including the FAO-NACA Asia Regional Program for the Responsible Movement of Live Aquatic Animals and early development of the Aquatic Animal Pathogen Quarantine Information System (AAPQIS) for Asia-Pacific. She is currently the Chief Scientific Advisor to Canada's veterinary authority (the Canadian Food Inspection Agency) for aquatic animal health issues related to international trade. This includes advice related to the activities and standards set by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE - Office International des ??pizooties) for aquatic animals. In 2002, she was the scientific lead for Canada's response to the first detection of the OIE-listed oyster disease, MSX (caused by Haplosporidium nelsoni). Sharon is responsible for coordination of management of the salmon disease, Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) between Canada and the USA, and is a member of the Canada-USA Technical Committee on national aquatic animal health program development.

Dr. Flavio Corsin
Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA)
c/o NAFIQAVED, Ministry of Fisheries
Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi
Skype ID: flavio.corsin
Yahoo ID: fcorsin
Tel: +84-912776993
Fax: +84-4-8317221
E-mail: flavio.corsin@gmail.com

Flavio is an aquatic animal health specialist who has been working on aquatic animal epidemiology for the past 8 years. About 2 years ago, he decided to join the Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia Pacific (NACA) and moved from a research-oriented career to a more applied aquatic animal health management position. He now coordinates several activities aimed not only at improving aquatic animal health management, but also at developing, disseminating and implementing strategies for sustainable aquaculture development. The focus of many of these activities is Vietnam, although he supports several initiatives in other NACA countries such as Iran, India and Indonesia.

Dr. Mangalika Hettiarachchi
Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology
University of Kelaniya
Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Tel: 94 (0) 1 914479
Fax: 94 (0) 1 911485
E-mail: dchris@sltnet.lk

Manga, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Zoology, University of Kelaniya since 1991 also served as the Head/Department of Zoology from 1998 to 2001. Her Department started an M.Sc. Program in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management (first postgraduate program in aquaculture offered in Sri Lanka) in 1997 and she served as the First Coordinator. Currently, Manga represents the University of Keklaniya at the Aquatic Resource Committee of Science and Technical Personnel Development Project funded by Asian Development Bank, a project to control out-breaks of white spot disease in shrimp culture in Sri Lanka. Five M.Sc. students have completed their research projects (related to aquaculture and diseases in aquaculture) under her supervision, while 4 students are carrying out their research projects. One M. Phil student is writing his thesis after completing the research on white spot syndrome in Penaeus monodon cultured in Sri Lanka. Manga provides lectures for undergraduate and postgraduate students on general aquaculture and diseases and health management in aquaculture. In addition, she is also a Visiting Lecturer on the same topics for other institutions in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Suppalak Lewis (Nee Puttinaowarat)
Fish Immunologist
Aquatic Animal Health Research Institute
Department of Fisheries
Jatujak, Bangkok 10900
Tel: 66 (0) 2 5796803
Fax: 66 (0) 2 5613993
E-mail: suppalap@fisheries.go.th suppalak68@yahoo.com

Suppalak or Ying Lewis (Nee Puttinaowarat) has a PhD in Aquatic Pathobiology (Fish Immunology) from Stirling University in the UK. Since completing her PhD in 1999 she has worked at AAHRI. Currently, Suppalak is head of the immunology section and responsible for disease approval for both the export and import of aquatic animals. Suppalak also supervises MSc and PhD students in a number of different universities in Thailand. She is also involved in the training of overseas visitors in fish immunology through the establishment of workshops and short courses. Her main research interests are the development of rapid diagnostic methods to detect the cause of diseases in economically important fish species as well as vaccine development to fish diseases.

Dr. Jimmy Turnbull
Senior Lecturer
Institute of Aquaculture
University of Stirling
Stirling, FK94LA
United Kingdom
Tel: +1786 467913
Fax: +1786472133
E-mail: jft1@stir.ac.uk

Jimmy qualified as a veterinarian from the University of Edinburgh in 1980, spent 6 years in veterinary practice dealing with farm and pet animals before following his main interest by taking a MSc in Aquatic Veterinary Studies at the Institute of Aquaculture (IoA) Stirling. He then moved onto a part time PhD supervised by Randolph Richards studying a production disease problem in Atlantic salmon whilst working as a diagnostician and health consultant to a group of fish farms. In 1991 he was asked by Ron Roberts (director IoA) to undertake some work on shrimp diseases and attended the shrimp pathology course in Arizona. Around the same time he was fortunate to establish collaboration with Pornlerd Chanratchakool Supranee Chinabut and Kamonporn Tonguthai from AAHRI, Thailand. In 1996 he attended the master class in aquatic animal epidemiology arranged by Dick Callinan and organised and run by Chris Baldock. The next year he obtained DFID funding for an aquatic epidemiology project investigating WSD, in collaboration with Kenton Morgan (UK), NV Hao (Vietnam) and CV Mohan (India). Sincce the early 1990s, he has collaborated on aquatic animal health projects in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, China, Mexico and others. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at IoA Stirling; he has several projects on aquatic animal population health and welfare, and is the director for the MSc courses in Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Aquatic Pathobiology.

Mrs. Dang Thi Hoang Oanh
Lecturer, College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Cantho University, Campus 2
3-2 Street, Ninh Kieu District
Cantho City, Vietnam
Tel: +84 71 834532
Fax: +84 71 830247
E-mail: dthoanh@ctu.edu.vn

Dang obtained a Bachelor degree on Aquaculture at Cantho University, Vietnam in 1991 and started her career as a national aquaculture assistant for the European Community International Programme for the Reintegration of Vietnamese Returnees (ECIP) from 1993-1994. Since then she has been working as a lecturer at the College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Cantho University, Vietnam. In 1999, she obtained an MSc degree from the University of Aarhus in Denmark and continued working at the University of Cantho. She teaches subjects on general microbiology and shrimp diseases for second year undergraduates on Aquaculture and on Environmental Sciences. Besides, she gives lectures on aquatic health management for Master course in aquaculture. Dang has been playing a key role in the establishment of advanced diagnostic capabilities for viral diseases of shrimp at the College and a collaborator on projects related to aquatic animal health with CSIRO, UNDP, FAO, JIRCAS and EU. I have been awarding a PhD Scholarship from the Government of Vietnam enrolled at the University of Queensland, Australia since 2003.


Dr. Melba B. Reantaso (Philippines/Italy) (See Info)

DAA VI Editorial Team
Dr. C.V. Mohan (India/Thailand)
E-mail: mohan@enaca.org

Mohan is an Indian national and has been working as Associate Professor of Fish Pathology at the College of Fisheries, Mangalore since 1982. He obtained his PhD from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK in 1990. Since March 2003, Mohan has been working at the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), based in Bangkok, Thailand as the Regional Aquatic Animal Health Specialist, managing the regional aquatic animal health programme in 21 countries of the Asia-Pacific region. In his new responsibility in the intergovernmental NACA, he is working closely with member governments, FAO, OIE and other regional and international organizations to promote Better aquatic animal health management in the region. In addition to the routine activities under the regional health programme, he is coordinating 5 regional aquatic animal health projects, of which 2 are specifically focused on ASEAN countries. He has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience in aquatic animal health and has authored and coauthored over 50 papers in peer reviewed national and international journals. He is very closely associated with the FHS of the AFS and has served in the Executive committee for 2 terms.

DAA VI Editorial Team
Dr. Margaret Crumlish (UK)
E-mail: margaret.crumlish@stir.ac.uk

Fish Disease Researcher
Institute of Aquaculture
University of Stirling
Scotland FK9 4LA
Fax: (44 786) 472133

DAA VI Editorial Team
Dr. Rohana Subasinghe (Sri Lanka/Italy)
E-mail: Rohana.Subasinghe@fao.org

Rohana is a Senior Fisheries Resources Officer (Aquaculture) at the Fisheries Department of FAO. He is specialized in aquaculture, disease control and health management (with particular reference to microbiology and immunology). Rohana has worked in all parts of the world, with most experience in Asia. Rohana was responsible for many projects on aquaculture and aquatic animal health at national, regional and international levels. A former teacher of the University of Colombo and the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Rohana earned his PhD from Stirling University. He was also a former Chairperson of the FHS/AFS (1996-1999) and is a co-editor of DAA I and II.


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