Dr Grant D. Stentiford

Dr. Grant D. Stentiford

Dr. Grant D. Stentiford

Dr Grant D. Stentiford is Principal Scientific Officer and Theme Leader for Pathology and Microbial Systematics at the Cefas Weymouth Laboratory. He also holds the position of Director of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Crustacean Diseases on behalf of DG SANCO of the European Commission. He has a BSc (first class) in Life Sciences from the University of Nottingham, UK (1993-1997) and a PhD in invertebrate pathology from the University of Glasgow (1997-2000). His work focuses on aquatic animal pathology and combines approaches based upon histopathology, transmission electron microscopy and molecular systematics for the classification of novel and emerging pathogens in aquatic animals.

He has wide experience in the diagnosis of disease in experimental, farmed and wild aquatic animals and has a wide collaborative network within the UK, Europe and around the world. The EURL coordinates the activities of 27 Member State National Reference Laboratories across the EU. It leads in pathogen diagnostics in this animal group and is a globally recognised expert centre able to respond to disease outbreaks in farmed and wild animals (see www.crustaceancrl.eu). He has published over 100 ISI papers, guest edited two Special Volumes of the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology (2010, 2012) and one Special Volume of Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (2012) on crustacean diseases and food security. He has a H index of 30 (June 2016) and was recently elected to Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRC Path) (2014). He was Subject Editor for Diseases of Aquatic Organisms and is currently Associate Editor in Chief for the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. He established a new Division (Diseases of Beneficial Invertebrates) of the Society of Invertebrate Pathology (SIP) in 2009 and was inaugural chair of the Division between 2009 and 2012. In this role he has chaired two OECD-funded symposia on food chain pathogens and was the SIP Founders Lecturer in 2015. He has been invited to talk at conferences associated with aquatic animal disease in the UK, EU, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, USA, Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. He chairs an ad hoc committee on aquatic animal susceptibility to disease for the OIE.

He is the Cefas lead on the Strategic Alliance on Aquatic Food Security between Cefas and the University of Exeter, UK where he holds an honorary Associate Professorship and, has ongoing projects in invertebrate host-pathogen interaction and pathogen systematics.