Professor Andrew Barnes


School of the Environment
Faculty of Science
+61 7 334 69416


Dr Andy Barnes obtained his BSc (Hons) in Microbiology from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and his PhD from the Medical School, University of Edinburgh. Andy worked for the Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department and at the Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh before joining a small Canadian biotech company, Aqua Health Ltd, specialising in vaccines for aquaculture in 1993. In 1999, Aqua Health was bought by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis and Andy worked in their animal health division for 4 years before beginning an academic career at The University of Queensland. Currently in the School of Biological Sciences, Andy’s Aquatic Animal Health Lab researches vaccines for the aquaculture industry and investigates health and immunity in aquatic animals ranging from reef-building corals, through prawns and oysters, to barramundi, stingrays and grouper.

Research Interests

  • Aquaculture vaccines
    Research and development of vaccines against bacterial, viral and parasitic conditions in farmed aquatic animals
  • Comparative immunology
    Discovery of immune functional systems in non-model organisms
  • Host-directed bacterial evolution
    How novel bacterial strains arise driven by immune selection


  • Graduate Certificate in Education, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Science (Advanced), Heriot-Watt University


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Book Chapter

  • Barnes, Andrew (2013). Preventing diseases in fish by vaccination. Aquaculture: farming aquatic animals and plants: second edition. (pp. 445-459) edited by John S. Lucas and Paul C. Southgate. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118687932.ch19

  • Barnes, Andrew C. (2011). Enteric redmouth disease (ERM) (Yersinia ruckeri). Fish diseases and disorders, volume 3: Viral, bacterial and fungal infections. (pp. 484-511) edited by Patrick T. K. Woo and David W. Bruno. Wallingford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: CABI. doi: 10.1079/9781845935542.0484

  • Van Hulten, M., Johnson, K.N. and Barnes, A.C. (2009). Development of vaccines and management of viral diseases of crustaceans. Shellfish Safety and Quality. (pp. 359-383) edited by Sandra Shumway and Gary E. Rodrick. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing . doi: 10.1533/9781845695576.3.359

  • Barnes, A. C. and Ellis, A. E. (2004). Bacteria Diseases of Fish- Where Do we go to From Here. Current Trends in the study of Bacterial and Viral Fish and Shrimp Diseases. (pp. 1-38) edited by Ka Yin Yueng. River Edge, New Jersey: World Publishing Group.

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision