University of Aberdeen
Current Position Professor
Telephone +44 (0)1224 272867
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity
Methods I Use Omics and Informatics


Key Research Interests

  • Atlantic salmon- molecular basis of life histories- including parr smolt transformation
  • Fish immunology and fish health- how the salmon and trout deal with infectious agents
  • Development of sustainable diets for aquaculture
  • Regulation of growth in fish – especially the control of protein turnover

Recent Key Papers

  • CE Dehler, CJ Secombes, SAM Martin. 2017 Seawater transfer alters the intestinal microbiota profiles of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.). Scientific reports 7 (1), 13877
  • Król E, Douglas A, Tocher DR, Crampton VO, Speakman JR, Secombes CJ and Martin SAM 2016 Differential responses of the gut transcriptome to plant protein diets in farmed Atlantic salmon. BMC genomics 17 (1), 156
  • Lorgen M, Casadei E, Król E, Douglas A, Birnie MJ, Ebbesson LO, Nilsen TO, Jordan WC, Jørgensen EH, Dardente H, Hazlerigg DG, Martin SAM. 2015 Functional divergence of type 2 deiodinase paralogs in the Atlantic salmon. Curr Biol. 25(7):936-41.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • 2019-2023 Photoperiod and immune function, how critical life cycle events in salmon impact on disease response and post smolt performance.
  • 2018 -2022 Functional studies of mucosal gill health in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
  • 2018-2022 Investigation of mucosal immunity in gills and skin post parasitic infestation in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
  • 2017-2021 Gut leucocytes as a screen for the health impact of functional feeds
  • 2015- 2019 The role of functional amino acids as regulators of metabolic pathways in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and Rainbow Trout (Oncorhycnhus mykiss)
  • 2015- 2019 Se supplementation of fish diets has potential health benefits
  • 2015-2019 Nutrigenomic approaches for development of sustainable fish feeds.
  • 2014-2018 Proteomic and Molecular Investigations of Links Between Growth and Immune Function in Salmonids