Dr Jose Domingos’ research focuses on the development of efficient breeding programs for tropical aquaculture species. This involves the understanding and manipulation of endogenous and environmental factors affecting gonadal development and broodstock conditioning within appropriate maturation systems for reliable spawnings. Jose is passionate about marine finfish propagation (reproduction, genomics, selective breeding) and its integration with nutrition and fish health for the development of fast growing and disease resistant strains. Fingerlings of high quality and better genetics will improve farm productivity and allow aquaculture business in the tropics to achieve profitability and sustainability to feed our growing population.

Dr Domingos has a long involvement with commercial shrimp and marine finfish operations. Prior to joining the James Cook University (Australia) Aquaculture Genetics research team in 2008, Jose worked as a production manager for several shrimp farms in the South and Northeast of Brazil, where he supervised over 700 hectares of shrimp farming. Trained in Brazil (Oceanography, FURG; MSc. Aquaculture, UFSC) and Australia (PhD Aquaculture Genetics, JCU), Jose has 20 years of combined industry, government and academic background. As a new member of the JCU Singapore Aquaculture Research team, Jose is excited about collaborating with industry partners in the development and use of genetically superior broodstock within reliable breeding and hatchery facilities, and in the training of students through hands-on experiences and discoveries that make a difference for life in the tropics


We have a PhD project opportunity on genetic improvement of Asian seabass (Lates calcarifer) @ James Cook University (JCU), Singapore

As part of a larger project to understand the genetic architecture of disease resistance in Asian seabass, a PhD scholarship is available for a student to examine the heritability of resistance, genetic correlations with other traits, and investigate potential QTL or genes associated with resistance. 

We are seeking a high calibre PhD student with a passion for applied science with strong quantitative and molecular skills, and interest/experience in bioinformatics to address this important question in the genetic architecture of disease resistance in fish. The student will use quantitative genetics, next generation sequencing technologies, qRT-PCR and fish husbandry techniques to directly examine the impacts of pathogen exposure on the biology and performance of different family lines under experimental and commercial culture conditions. The student will work in close collaboration with senior academic staff and a research assistant on the same project.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entry to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at James Cook University. Selection of applicants will be based on merit; to be competitive will require a Research Masters (or First Class Honours) and have preferably (co)authored at least one scientific publication in a closely related field. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate their English language proficiency by achieving Band 2 in a test such as Academic IELTSTOEFL or Pearson (PTE Academic). Please see this table for the scores required. The test result must be no more than two years old.

Prospective applicants should email Dr Jose Domingos in the first instance to discuss their research experience and the project itself.

  • AQ3004: Aquaculture: Stock Improvement (Level 3; SIN)
  • My research focus on the development of improved farmed strains to boost seafood production. Areas of expertise: *Aquaculture applied breeding and genetics *Quantitative genetics and genomics to selective breeding programs *Development and application of new genomic tools *Marine finfish broodstock systems *Integrated shrimp farm management
  • 2018 to present - Senior Research Fellow, JCU (Singapore)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Research Scientist, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, QLD (Bribie Island Research Centre)
  • 2014 to 2017 - Research Fellow, JCU (Townsville - Australia)
  • 2009 to 2013 - PhD Aquaculture, JCU (Townsville - Australia)
  • 2003 to 2008 - Prawn Farm Mgmt., Multiple (S & NE Brazil)
  • 2001 to 2003 - MSc Aquaculture, UFSC (Florianopolis - Brazil)
  • 1996 to 2000 - BSc Oceanography, FURG (Rio Grande - Brazil)
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  • 2013 - Poster Prize Winner NQ Festival of Life Science 2013
  • 2011 - Presentation Winner JCU/CSIRO Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture Student Seminar Day

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 16+ research outputs authored by Dr Jose Domingos from 2010 onwards.

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Fisheries Research & Development Corporation - Annual Competitive Round

Testing established methods of early prediction of genetic merit in abalone broodstock

Indicative Funding
$85,422 over 4 years
There is a need in the abalone industry to improve production animals. However, abalone are relatively slow growing animals and take several years to reach harvest size. This means that during the establishment of foundation broodstock populations it may be several years before the relative genetic merit of each of the broodstock can be determined and the first selection decisions made. Researchers at JCU have addressed this time-lag problem of obtaining accurate genetic estimated breeding values (gEBV) in other species. They have shown that broodstock gEBV can be estimated accurately from larvae as early as 18 days through the targeting of growth processes at the cellular level that predict genetic-determined long-term growth. This method is as yet untested in abalone, but if successful, has great potential in helping screen broodstock. This project will test the efficacy of this early prediction method in abalone. The impact of this early detection method would be to save costs by assisting in the selection of superior broodstock individuals which would produce faster growing offspring. Currently new broodstock animals are unevaluated with regard to their genetic merit.
Jan Strugnell, Dean Jerry, Jose Domingos and Catarina Silva (College of Science & Engineering)
Abalone; Genetics

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • An Epigenetic Mechanism for Sex Change in the Protandrous Hermaphrodite, Lates Calcarifer. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Gene Regulation and Morphological Analysis for Sex Differentation Gonadal Maturation and Sex Reversal of Barramundi (Lates calcarifer Bloch) With and Without Administration of Exogenous hormone and Aromatase Inhibitor. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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