Dr Alex Wan

B.Sc.,M.Res

Contact Details

POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER
Ryan Institute
School of Natural Sciences
NUI Galway
E: ALEX.WAN@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher
 

Biography

Graduated in 2017 with a PhD in Marine Sciences at NUI Galway, Alex has a key interest in analytical food chemistry, biochemistry, haematology, fish nutrition, marine biology, marine innovation and sustainable aquaculture. He is the team leader for the Aquaculture Nutrition and Aquafeed Research Unit (ANARU) based in the Ryan institute’s Carna Research Station, Connemara and Martin Ryan Annex building on NUIG’s main campus. The group specialises in engaging with commercial entities through joint collaborations in aquafeed, aquaculture and market research. He has worked with both national and international SMEs and LEs on industrial research collaborations in developing sustainable new feed ingredients and validating feed products. He has previously been awarded Science Foundation Ireland’s Technology Innovation Development Award on the development of seaweed as a functional feed ingredient in salmonids.  More recently, Alex has been awarded the HYDROfish research programme under the Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland




Research Interests

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Hydrofish- Combining targeted nutraceuticals and traceability technology for a smarter and sustainable Irish fish aquaculture industry 01-JUN-19 31-MAY-22
Blooms2Feeds+2 the next generation functional and sustainable aquafeed ingredients through microbial fermentation 01-JAN-19 31-DEC-19

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Macroalgae as a sustainable aquafeed ingredient'
Alex H.L. Wan, Simon J. Davies, Anna Soler‐Vila, Richard Fitzgerald, Mark P. Johnson (2018) 'Macroalgae as a sustainable aquafeed ingredient'. Reviews In Aquaculture, :1-35 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Know your fish: A novel compound-specific isotope approach for tracing wild and farmed salmon'
Wang, YMV;Wan, AHL;Lock, EJ;Andersen, N;Winter-Schuh, C;Larsen, T (2018) 'Know your fish: A novel compound-specific isotope approach for tracing wild and farmed salmon'. Food Chemistry, 256 :380-389 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'A comparison between marine and terrestrial invertebrate meals for mirror carp (Cyprinus carpio) diets: Impact on growth, haematology and health'
Wan, AHL;Snellgrove, DL;Davies, SJ (2017) 'A comparison between marine and terrestrial invertebrate meals for mirror carp (Cyprinus carpio) diets: Impact on growth, haematology and health'. Aquaculture Research, 48 :5004-5016 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Influence of Green Seaweed (Ulva rigida) Supplementation on the Quality and Shelf Life of Atlantic Salmon Fillets'
Moroney, NC;Wan, AHL;Soler-Vila, A;O'Grady, MN;FitzGerald, RD;Johnson, MP;Kerry, JP (2017) 'Influence of Green Seaweed (Ulva rigida) Supplementation on the Quality and Shelf Life of Atlantic Salmon Fillets'. Journal Of Aquatic Food Product Technology, 26 :1175-1188 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Assessment and Characterisation of Ireland's Green Tides (Ulva Species)'
Wan, AHL;Wilkes, RJ;Heesch, S;Bermejo, R;Johnson, MP;Morrison, L (2017) 'Assessment and Characterisation of Ireland's Green Tides (Ulva Species)'. Plos One, 12 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Metal content of kelp (Laminaria digitata) co-cultivated with Atlantic salmon in an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture system'
Ratcliff, JJ;Wan, AHL;Edwards, MD;Soler-Vila, A;Johnson, MP;Abreu, MH;Morrison, L (2016) 'Metal content of kelp (Laminaria digitata) co-cultivated with Atlantic salmon in an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture system'. Aquaculture, 450 :234-243 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Influence Of Green Seaweed (Ulva Rigida) Supplementation On The Quality And Shelf-Life Of Atlantic Salmon Fillets'
N.C. Moroney, A.H.L. Wan, A. Soler-Vila, M.N. O’Grady, R.D. FitzGerald, M.P. Johnson & J.P. Kerry (2016) 'Influence Of Green Seaweed (Ulva Rigida) Supplementation On The Quality And Shelf-Life Of Atlantic Salmon Fillets'. Journal Of Aquatic Food Product Technology, [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'The inclusion of Palmaria palmata macroalgae in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) diets: effects on growth, haematology, immunity and liver function'
Wan, AHL;Soler-Vila, A;O'Keeffe, D;Casburn, P;Fitzgerald, R;Johnson, MP (2016) 'The inclusion of Palmaria palmata macroalgae in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) diets: effects on growth, haematology, immunity and liver function'. Journal Of Applied Phycology, 28 :3091-3100 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Inclusion of Palmaria palmata (red seaweed) in Atlantic salmon diets: effects on the quality, shelf-life parameters and sensory properties of fresh and cooked salmon fillets'
Moroney, NC;Wan, AHL;Soler-Vila, A;FitzGerald, RD;Johnson, MP;Kerry, JP (2015) 'Inclusion of Palmaria palmata (red seaweed) in Atlantic salmon diets: effects on the quality, shelf-life parameters and sensory properties of fresh and cooked salmon fillets'. Journal Of The Science Of Food And Agriculture, 95 :897-905 [DOI] [Details]

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUI Galway Postdoctoral Researcher and Project manager 01-JAN-18 /
NUI Galway Technical support and Postdoctoral Researcher 01-MAR-17 / 31-OCT-18
Marine Institute Science and technical Officer 01-NOV-16 / 31-DEC-16

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2008 University of Plymouth MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) MRes Applied Fish Biology
2016 National University of Ireland Galway PhD Marine Science
2006 University of Southampton BSc (Hons) Biology with Oceanography

Teaching Interests

Core teaching interest: fish nutrition, reproduction and evolution
Research teaching interest: Recirculated aquaculture systems, sustainable food production, aquaculture development, novel proteins and ingredients, functional compounds, ornamental aquaculture.

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2018- Applied Ecology ZO315 Sustainable food production and ecological impact of aquaculture
2018- Vertebrate Zoology ZO209 Evolution of fish