Executive Committee

The Seven Executive Committee




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).


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

Mohan is the present Research and Development Program Manager of NACA. He received his PhD from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK in 1990 in the area of aquatic animal pathology. Since 1982, he has been involved with aquatic animal health and aquaculture teaching and research at the College of Fisheries, Mangalore, India. In December 2000, he became Professor of Fish Pathology at the same institute. In March 2003, Dr Mohan was appointed as the Coordinator of Aquatic Animal Health Program of NACA and has been instrumental in managing the regional aquatic animal health program in 21 countries of the Asia-Pacific region. As R&D Manager of NACA since Feb 2009, he manages the regional R&D program, generates project ideas and develops project proposals, promotes cooperation with other national, regional and international organizations on sustainable aquaculture development and provides assistance to member countries in the formulation and implementation of national projects. He works closely with member governments, FAO, OIE and other regional and international organizations to promote responsible aquaculture in the region. His expertise includes responsible and sustainable small-scale aquaculture, development and implementation of better management practices, fish and shrimp pathology, epidemiology, surveillance and risk management. He has over 25 years of teaching, research and development experience and has authored and co-authored over 90 papers in peer reviewed national and international journals.


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. 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. 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. 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.

EXECOM MEMBER (India/Indonesia)
Mr. Arun Padiyar
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.

Prof. Myung-Joo Oh
E-mail: ohmj@chonnam.ac.kr

Myung-Joo is a professor at the department of Aqualife Medicine of Chonnam National University (CNU) and the present director of Eco Marine Bio Research Center, The Fisheries Research Institute, Aquaculture Research Center, and Aqua Life Hospital of CNU. He received his PhD from Hokkaido University, Hakodate, Japan in 1995 in the area of fish viral diseases. Since 1986, he has started his first career as an instructor majoring in fish disease at the department of Fish Pathology, Pusan National Fisheries University, Korea. In March 2008, Dr Oh was appointed as the President of The Korean Society of Fish Pathology and has been instrumental in managing the fish diseases and promoted cooperation with other national, regional and international organizations on sustainable aquaculture development. In November 2009, Dr Oh was appointed as the President of Fishery Sciences of Association of Korea. His expertise includes fish viral diseases, surveillance and risk management. He has over 25 years of teaching, research and development experience and has authored and co-authored over 220 papers in peer reviewed national and international journals.


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 (Australia) (See Info)

Dr. Flavio Corsin (Italy)
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.


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