Mags Crumlish

Dr Mags Crumlish BSc., MSc., PhD.

T: +44 [0]1786 467911
E: mc3 at stir dot ac dot uk

Research Fellow & Bacteriology Laboratory Manager

Aquatic Microbial Diagnostics

Dr Mags Crumlish is a research fellow at the Institute of Aquaculture. Her research activities include the identification, characterisation and treatment of aquatic bacterial pathogens in a wide range of farmed fish species. She also works part time in the Veterinary Diagnostic Service in Stirling where she conducts routine bacteriology identification assays and integrates immunological and molecular based methods for pathogen detection within diagnostic cases.

She has worked for more than 10 years in aquaculture, specialising in aquatic diseases of farmed animals produced within South East Asia. Her main research project is sponsored by Pharmaq Norway, investigating the development of a vaccine for use in the Vietnamese catfish industry. These intensively farmed freshwater fish (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus) suffer from a bacterial disease called Bacillary Necrosis of Pangasius (BNP) where the aetiological agent was identified as Edwardsiella ictaluri. Outbreaks of BNP can result in severe socio-economic losses for the Vietnamese catfish farmers. She is also involved in training courses in farmer-based health management and disease diagnoses workshops within Vietnam and Thailand.

Her other research activities include the provision of standardised methods in the detection and interpretation of antibiotic resistance development within aquaculture systems. As Dr Crumlish works closely with the aquatic farmers and the commercial sector, her research outputs have been widely disseminated and have contributed towards an EU based knowledge transfer project.