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Robert Devlin


Phone: (604) 666-7926
Fax: (614) 666-3497
Region: Pacific
Office: Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Research

Field(s) of Research:
  • Aquaculture
  • Biotechnology/ Genomics

Research Description:
A recent focus of research has been the application of molecular and general genetics to questions in salmonid biology. Specific projects include: 1) Production of transgenic salmonids with enhanced production traits for growth and feed-conversion efficiency, disease resistance, and flesh quality, with an emphasis on providing objective scientific information from which the potential and the risks associated with this technology may be evaluated; 2) Development of sensitive and specific molecular diagnostic assays for genetic sex (Y-probes), stress and pollution-response markers, and several specific parasitic pathogens that infect wild and farmed salmonids; 3) Evaluation of the potential for natural and artificial hybridization among and between Pacific and Atlantic salmonids; 4) Determining the genetic relationship among species and strains of salmonids, and application of variable molecular markers to quantitative traits (e.g. precocious maturation) for breeding purposes; 5) Production and evaluation of bioactive compounds (e.g. growth promoters, peptide antibiotics).

  • B.Sc. Zoology (1978)
    University of British Columbia
  • Ph.D. Zoology (1984)
    University of British Columbia
Centre(s) of Expertise:
  1. Anthropogenic selection in fish has genetically altered the expression of hormones involved in the GH / IGF-I growth axis
  2. Domestication and growth hormone transgenesis cause similar changes in gene expression profiles in salmon
  3. Endocrine effects of growth hormone overexpression in transgenic coho salmon
  4. Gene-environment interactions influence ecological consequences of transgenic animals
  5. Interface of biotechnology and ecology for environmental risk assessments of transgenic fish.
  6. Selection on increased intrinsic growth rates in coho salmon, Oncorhynchus kisutch
  7. Growth hormone transgenic salmon pay for growth potential with increased predation mortality.
  8. Population effects of GH transgenic salmon are dependant upon food availability and genotype by environment interactions
  9. Reproductive Performance of Growth-Enhanced Transgenic Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch)
  10. Sex determination and differentiation in fish: An overview of genetic, physiological, and environmental influences
  11. Genetic mapping of Y-chromosomal DNA markers in Pacific salmon
  12. Growth of domesticated transgenic fish
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