Small but MIGHTY

Food Safety and Security for All

Our small, but highly collaborative lab is located at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center. We are focused on infectious diseases and immunology of commercially important aquatic species and functional, fishmeal-free aquadiets. We also study the effects of climate change on a number of key species in our coastal waters to find sustainable ways for marine resource management - therefore, stakeholder collaborations and input is highly valuable to us. Our findings have been published in numerous publications. Learn more about our research and the team on the following pages.

Our academic home is the Biomedical Sciences Department of the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University.



Various news from our lab and its members

Petri Dish
Blood Sample


February 1, 2021

We are funded! Well, at least partially! With this project, we aim to develop a deeper understanding of healthy Dungeness crab’s functional genomics and physiology and how climate change affects these key species. This research can inform marine resource management and conservation efforts by policy development to maintain stable marine food webs and avoid exploitation and overharvest of these species while these animals face hardship from climate change-related environmental pressures.

Sablefish Hematology

June 1, 2020

Plasma biochemistry and hematology reference intervals are integral health assessment tools in all medical fields, including aquatic animal health. As sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) are becoming aquaculturally more important, this diagnostic tool is also required for these fish.  We established the blood reference intervals (RI) for their plasma biochemistry and the hematology along with reference photomicrographs of blood cells in healthy, yearling sablefish.

These fish were hatched and reared in captivity on a commercial diet and fasted before sampling. Interestingly, an overnight fast of 16-18 hours did not sufficiently reduce lipids in the blood, which led to visible lipemia and frequent rupture of blood cells during analysis.

Therefore, we recommend to fast sablefish for 24 to 36 hours before blood is collected to reduce hematology artifacts or possible reagent interference in plasma biochemistry analysis.


Contact Us

2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, Newport OR 97365

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