ABOUT

Xelect Ltd is a spin-out company from the University of St Andrews formed in February 2013. The company grew out of The Fish Muscle Research Group and Physiological & Evolutionary Genomics Laboratory at the world-renowned Scottish Oceans Institute and maintains strong links with the University. Xelect is grateful to the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council of the UK for “follow on funding” which enabled our genetic marker research to be commercialised and brought to the market place.

Professor Ian Johnston – CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Ian is recognized internationally as a leading authority on fish muscle and is the most cited person in Aquaculture on Google Scholar. Honours include the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London (1984) and election to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1987). He was Director of the Gatty Marine Laboratory (1985-2008), member of the Natural Environmental Research Council (1995-2000) and President of the Society for Experimental Biology (2007-9). He is a Professor at the School of Biology, University of St Andrews.

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Dr Tom Ashton – OPERATIONS DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

Tom is co-inventor of the Xelect genetic markers and of the tensile method of texture analysis. He has broad experience in marine biology, aquaculture and molecular biology. Tom obtained a PhD from University of St Andrews in 2011, with a thesis entitled “The genetic basis of flesh quality traits in farmed Atlantic salmon”.

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Dr Daniel Macqueen – CONSULTANT IN FISH GENOMICS

Dan is a Lecturer in Biosciences at the University of Aberdeen and a leading researcher on fish genomics, with particular expertise on the evolution and functional consequences of whole genome duplication in salmonids. Dan obtained his PhD degree and carried out two postdoctoral fellowships with Ian Johnston at St Andrews.

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 Aubrie Onoufriou – LAB MANAGER

Aubrie is an experienced marine biologist and she holds an M.Res in Marine Mammal Science from the University of St Andrews. Her skills include population genetics, a range of molecular lab techniques, and of course, salmon fishing!

Luke Holman – RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Luke is a graduate from St Andrews University with a first class degree in Marine Biology. He plays an active role in Xelect’s ongoing R&D programme, especially in the fields of eDNA detection and genetic relatedness analysis.

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Claire Roulston – SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

Claire is a graduate from St Andrews University with a in PhD in molecular biology and genetics. She has strong skills in qPCR, genotyping and data analysis, as well as academic strength in the field of cellular pathways and gene regulation. Claire plays a central role in delivering high quality laboratory service work to Xelect’s customers ongoing R&D programme.

Andrew Richardson – SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

Andrew was awarded his BSc in Marine Biology at Aberdeen University, where he studied under Dr Daniel McQueen. After a brief internship here at Xelect, he became a member of the full time staff. He has a wide range of molecular lab techniques, and a keen interest in the developmental work in
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