Associate Professor Andrew Barnes

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences
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


  • BSc, Heriot-Watt University
  • PhD, University of Edinburgh


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Book Chapter

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

  • Barnes, Andrew C. (2011). Enteric redmouth disease (ERM) (Yersinia ruckeri). In Patrick T. K. Woo and David W. Bruno (Ed.), Fish diseases and disorders, volume 3: Viral, bacterial and fungal infections 2nd ed. (pp. 484-511) 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. In Sandra Shumway and Gary E. Rodrick (Ed.), Shellfish Safety and Quality 1st ed. (pp. 359-383) United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing Limited.

  • van Hulten, Marielle C.W., Barnes, Andrew C. and Johnson, Karyn N. (2009). Development of vaccines and management of viral diseases of crustaceans. In Shellfish Safety and Quality (pp. 359-383) : Elsevier Ltd. 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. In Ka Yin Yueng (Ed.), Current Trends in the study of Bacterial and Viral Fish and Shrimp Diseases (pp. 1-38) River Edge, New Jersey: World Publishing Group.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision