Victor Birlanga

Ph. D. candidate

Victor LabProject & Research Interests: My project is on the characterisation of the microbial community in gills of Atlantic salmon, in order to define if there is a relationship between the microbiome and the development of the Ameboic Gill Disease (AGD).

My project is co-supervised by Dr Cindy Smith (The University of Glasgow), Professor Grace McCormack (Zoology, NUI Galway) and colleagues at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. The research is funded by the Irish Department of Agriculture.

I am interested in identifying which microbes are present in salmon gills before and after the exposure of salmon to AGD, in order to observe the changes in their microbiome and how it affects the salmon’s susceptibility to AGD.

Background: I graduated with an Honours degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alicante (Spain) in 2014. I obtained a Masters degree in Marine Biology from University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2016, investigating a new method to detect pathogenic Vibrio spp. strains in molluscs.

Other interests: I play table tennis and practice latin dance.