Dr Giana Gomes is an aquatic veterinarian researcher, passionate by the aquaculture industry. Dr Giana started her career in aquaculture in 2003, soon after she graduated in veterinary medicine in Brazil. She worked for the largest prawn hatchery (Aquatec) and the first specific pathogen free (SPF) prawn hatchery from Brazil. After leaving the Brazilian company she did her Master’s degree on prawn diseases caused by an intracellular bacteria (NHPB). Soon after Dr Gomes migrated to Australia.

Since 2010, Dr Gomes worked for various renowned research institutions in Australia including James Cook University, DEEDI-DPI QLD and Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). Dr Gomes is also an aquatic veterinarian certified by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA).

Dr Gomes completed her PhD on developing new tools for early detection of ciliate parasites in farmed barramundi from tropical Australia, at James Cook University Australia under the supervision of and Dr Kate Hutson, DR Terry Miller and Prof Dean Jerry. In 2016, Dr Giana Gomes won double prize: the “Science and Innovation and Minister Award" from the Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, which recognises the best emerging young talent in rural Australian industries.

  • Aquatic animal health, aquaculture, immunology, vaccine development, environmental DNA (eDNA), aquatic diagnostics, IoT in aquaculture, on farm detection of pathogens.
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  • 2017 - TropINTERN James Cook University Program: ‘Bringing the Internet of Things technology to Aquaculture: A Food Agility CRC Collaboration’; $AUD 20,000
  • 2017 - Top 3 student presentation at 4th FRDC Australasian Aquatic Animal Health Scientific Conference; $AUD 100
  • 2016 - Winner of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) Award: Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; $AUD 22,000
  • 2016 - Research Infrastructure Block Grant - James Cook University: Allele ID software to improve productivity and reliability of Environmental DNA (eDNA) Technology; AUD$9,560
  • 2016 - Overall winner of the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Award: Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; $AUD 22,000
  • 2014 - Australian Society for Parasitology Student Conference Travel Grant; 50th ASP conference – Canberra/Australia from 30th June - 3rd July; $AUD 1,095
  • 2014 - Network Researcher Exchange, Training and Travel Award: Australian Society for Parasitology; $AUD 3,000
  • 2017 - Doctoral Completion Grant (James Cook University); $AUD 3,000

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