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Dr Janina Costa

Job Title:
Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Contact Number:
0131 4456 439

Aquaculture Research Group, Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ

Job Role

Janina is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Aquaculture Research Group (ARG) within Moredun Research Institute



  • PhD: Aquatic Veterinary Sciences (B-cell epitopes in fish Nodavirus). University of Stirling, Scotland.
  • PhD fellowship from Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Portugal.
  • MSc: Aquaculture (The influence of a cage fish farm on the water quality of the surrounding area). University of Algarve, Portugal.
  • BSc (Hons) (Licenciatura): Marine Biology and Fisheries (Secondary bacterial infections in Solea senegalensis (Kaup, 1858)). University of Algarve, Portugal.

Teaching experience:

  • Pathology module – Master in Aquaculture and Fisheries (University of Algarve, Portugal, 2011-2016).
  • Aquatic virology at University of Stirling, Scotland: AquaTT AQUALAB 5 (2006) and Master Aquatic Veterinary Pathology (2007).

Current Research

Janina’s research interests include vaccine development for fish viral diseases such as Betanodavirus and Iridoviridae, and techniques for characterising immunogenic regions e.g. epitope mapping.

Janina is also interested in characterisation of new viral fish pathogens using new approaches for virus isolation and culture; purification of the virus for proteomic analysis and developing tools for virus research; developing challenge models for viral diseases in fish and studying the immune response of fish and evasion strategies by the virus.

Janina manages the ARG cell culture and virology’s laboratories.

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