Dr Valerie Smith:
Dr Valerie Smith
University of St Andrews
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Comparative Immunology Group
School of Biology
Scottish Oceans Institute
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Comparative and evolutionary immunology
Innate immunity in invertebrates and lower vertebrates. Antibacterial proteins in crustaceans, ascidians, cnidarians, teleosts , elasmobranchs and marine mammals. Plasticity within the innate responses of these animals. Immune development in fish and marine invertebrates and effect of environment. Complement phylogeny. Virus diseases and antiviral immunity in crustaceans. Marine invertebrate blood cell culture. Development of molecular probes for disease diagnosis in marine shellfish. Effects of environmental factors on immune capability in marine animals. Wastewater treatment by marine micro-algae. Antibacterial compounds from micro-algae.
Education Secretary, International Society for Developmental and Comparative Immunology (ISDCI).
Editorial Board Member: Fish and Shellfish Immunology
Editorial Advisory Board Member: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Honorary Professor: Department of Health, Florida InternationalUniversity, Miami, Florida 1996-1997.
Awards: Burroughs Wellcome Visiting Professor, American Societyfor Microbiology: Florida International University, Miami, Florida(1997-1998)
Research group: Dr. Christopher Hauton, Dr John Hammond, Ms Virginia Burgess, Mr. Andrew Desbois.
Collaborators: Dr Liz Dyrynda, School of Life Sciences, Heriot Watt University
Dr Margarita Concha, Institute of Biochemistry, University Austral Chile, Valdivia, Chile
Dr J-R Bonami University of Montpellier II, France
Dr Janet Brown, Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling
Prof Miki Nakao, School of Bioresouce and Bioenvironmental Sciences, Kyushu University, Japan
Dr Sylvia L. Smith, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, USA
Dr Ailsa Hall, SMRU, Gatty Laboratory, Unversity of St Andrews
Dr Graham Kemp, BMS, University of St Andrews
Dr Gerard Molle, University of Montpellier 2, France
Dr Andrew Means Spragg, Aquapharm Biodiversity, Ltd, Scotland