Biography Nicholas Andrew Robinson
Senior Scientist and South-East Asia-Pacific contact with Nofima and Associate Professor (Melbourne Enterprise Fellow in Aquaculture) with the University of Melbourne Australia.
More than twenty-five years of research experience with the genetic improvement of livestock and aquaculture species with a focus on design of genetic improvement programs, gene mapping, genomics, epigenetics and genomic selection.
Has held positions as the Head of Genetics with the Department of Primary Industries Victoria (8 years), as the Research Leader of Breeding and Genetics at AKVAFORSK (Institute of Aquaculture Research, Norway, 2 years) and as member of the Board of Directors for the Akvaforsk Genetics Centre (2 years).
Awarded more than 50 research grants (eg. funded by the EU Commission, Norwegian Research Council, Norwegian Seafood Research Fund, Fisheries Research Development Council Australia etc.). Author and co-author of over 80 journal publications and book chapters.
Nicholas Andrew Robinson has 64 publications at Nofima:
1. January 2021 – 31. December 2024
Do Pacific salmon species carry a secret they could share with Atlantic salmon? What is it in the genes that make these relatives of Atlantic salmon less susceptible to lice? Researchers will now find the answers to these questions, using the gene editing method CRISPR-Cas9.
1. March 2019 – 28. February 2023
Identify and validate candidate genes for CMS resistance in Atlantic salmon through state-of-the-art gene editing.
1. January 2018 – 31. December 2020
The health and welfare of farmed and captured aquatic animals is becoming increasingly important for current and future aquaculture systems. We need to improve our understanding of their health and welfare status to strengthen the resilience and robustness of both the animals and the industry.
1. January 2017 – 31. December 2019
PROGRESS is a strategic internal project of the institute that aims to investigate the epigenetic programming resulting from low oxygen stress during early development and how this influences the robustness of salmon.