• The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 16 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Currently developing a reliable, sensitive and cost-effective tool to measure physiological stress in aquaculture species


Oxidative stress, reactive oxygen species, biomarkers, skeletal muscle, myofilament and calcium handling proteins, duchene muscular dystrophy, aquaculture

Current projects

Aquaculture species are subject to a variety of stressors because their homeostatic physiology is dependent on their environmental surroundings. Common stressors include: parasitism and associated bathing practices, water pollution, stress from increasing water temperatures, sub-optimal diets, transport, handling and overcrowding. However, there is no practical analytical method of assessing physiological health. Most methods such as haematology, blood biochemistry, flow cytometry and histology have limitations regarding sensitivity, repeatability, cost and simplicity. The lack of a physiological measure of aquatic animal health not only impacts industry operations but also affects research programs designed to improve industry productivity. For example, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) have invested heavily in aquaculture health and nutrition research, but the lack of an effective method of assessing physiological health following such trials is still lacking.

My aim is to continue developing and commercialising an early warning measure of stressors affecting physiological health of key Australian aquaculture species including yellowtail kingfish, salmon, baramundi and oysters. This tool will allow aquaculturists to develop monitoring and management systems to minimise the negative impacts of stressors; develop more sustainable aquafeeds and maximise industry productivity and profitability.

External positions

Research Scientist, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

23 Apr 2019 → …

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food

Research expertise keywords

  • Oxidative stress
  • Aquaculture

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Research Output

  • 16 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Abstract/Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Nebulin nemaline myopathy recapitulated in a compound heterozygous mouse model with both a missense and a nonsense mutation in Neb

Laitila, J. M., McNamara, E. L., Wingate, C. D., Goullee, H., Ross, J. A., Taylor, R. L., van der Pijl, R., Griffiths, L. M., Harries, R., Ravenscroft, G., Clayton, J. S., Sewry, C., Lawlor, M. W., Ottenheijm, C. A. C., Bakker, A. J., Ochala, J., Laing, N. G., Wallgren-Pettersson, C., Pelin, K. & Nowak, K. J., 17 Feb 2020, In : Acta Neuropathologica Communications. 8, 1, p. 18

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Doublet stimulation increases Ca2+ binding to troponin C to ensure rapid force development in skeletal muscle

    Bakker, A. J., Cully, T. R., Wingate, C. D., Barclay, C. J. & Launikonis, B. S., 2017, In : Journal of General Physiology. 149, 3, p. 323-334 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 15 Citations (Scopus)