AQUA - Laboratory of Aquatic Pathobiology

We conduct research and teaching on health of aquatic animals with our main focus on sustainable production and control. Our researchers apply fish as disease models elucidating diseases in higher vertebrates – including humans.

The research group members are involved in projects within fish immunology, fish vaccinology, fish bacteriology, fish parasitology, fish nutrition, aquaculture, fisheries, food hygiene, breeding, genetics and disease model for human diseases.

Fish Welfare: The research group has focus on rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon and zebrafish in their experimental models aiming at improving welfare for aquacultured fishes. The research group has focus on a range of cultured and wild caught fishes in their surveys and consultancy: e.g. cod, plaice, flounder, brown trout, rainbow trout, salmon, eel, pikeperch and perch.

Fish health: The group researches on bacteria:
Yersinia ruckeri, Aeromonas salmonicida, Vibrio anguillarum and parasites:
Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, Ichthyobodo necator, Contracaecum, Pseudoterranova, Anisakis, Hysterothylacium. Cryptocotyle lingua

Techniques: The main techniques applied are within molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, immunochemistry including ELISA, histology, OPT, cell culture, electron microscopy and in vivo modelling.


The research group has a broad national and international network involving research institutions, industry and government institutions which currently are provided with services. These activities include  diagnostic services and testing of pharmaceutical products, feed additives, immunostimulants and vaccines.

Diagnostic services to private and public parties. Dissemination of research results to the public, industry and end users. Consultancy for private and public companies.