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 businesses 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. 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.

  • AQ3003: Aquaculture: Propagation (Level 3; SIN)
  • Consultancy on *Marine finfish broodstock and larviculture systems & *Integrated shrimp farm management
  • 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
  • 2021 to present - Associate Professor, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2018 to 2021 - Senior Research Fellow, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2019 to 2020 - Research Fellow, City University of HK (Hong Kong)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Research Scientist, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, QLD (Bribie Island Research Centre)
  • 2014 to 2017 - Research Fellow, James Cook University (Townsville - Australia)
  • 2009 to 2013 - PhD Aquaculture, James Cook University (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)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2022 to 2026 - Supercharging barramundi production through adv. sel. breeding for improved disease resistance, growth, and(...) Awarded to Shen X; Domingos JA (JCUS Proj Lead), Jerry DR; Vij S; Erenst V; Tan YQ; Vij S; Tan M; Schrittwieser M. SFA SFS R&D (SGD 5,260,292)
  • 2023 to 2024 - Effects of black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) reared from heterogeneous food waste as a dietary supplement for Barramundi. Awarded to Domingos JA. R&D Service contract with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) (SGD 75,000);
  • 2021 to 2024 - Developing genetic resources for red snapper, an important marine food fish for Singapore. Awarded to Vij S, Domingos JA (JCUS Proj Lead); Jerry DR; Loo G; Shen X; Bing L; Voigtmann M, Tan M & Ban Tat L. SFA SFS R&D (SGD 1,622,915);
  • 2023 - Farm Outreach Program (Workshop series to Singaporean fish farmers). Awarded to Domingos JA, Gibson-Kueh S., Shen X. Singapore Food Agency (SFA) (SGD 20,000);
  • 2022 - Assessing the effect of CycPowder-N on fish and shrimp growth. Awarded to Domingos JA. Direct industry funding from CycField Pte Ltd (SGD 7,500);
  • 2022 - Consultancy services on marine fish breeding, larviculture and nursery. Awarded to Domingos JA. Direct industry funding from the Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (SGD 38,000);
  • 2021 to 2022 - DNA identification of seafood products. Direct industry funding from World Wildlife Fund awarded to Domingos JA (SGD 7,494);
  • 2021 to 2022 - Testing of monoglyceride feed additives for fish growth and immune response. Awarded to Gibson-Kueh S; Domingos JA & Shen X. Direct industry funding from Adisseo (SGD 170,228);
  • 2019 to 2022 - Cobia Genome Consortium. Awarded to Domingos, JA, Shen X & Yanez, JM (University of Chile). Direct industry funding from Open Blue Cobia in Panama’ (USD 60,000);
  • 2019 to 2022 - Sustainable Marine Aquaculture Development in Indonesia (SMADI): Barramundi breeding. Direct funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Awarded to Domingos JA (SGD 16,000) & Robinson N (Nofima);
  • 2021 - JCUS-Republic Polytechnic - Joint Molecular Biology Laboratory. Awarded to Domingos JA. James Cook University Singapore Infrastructure Grant (SGD 29,575)
  • 2021 - Towards automated industry scale morphometric phenotyping for the Asian seabass, Lates calcarifer. JCUS/JCUA Cross Collaboration Scheme. Awarded to Domingos JA (JCUS) and Azghadi, MR & Jones D (JCUA) (SGD 10,000);
  • 2019 to 2021 - Testing established methods of Early prediction of genetic merit in abalone broodstock. Awarded to Strugnell J, Jerry DR, Domingos JA & Silva C. Fisheries Research & Development Corporation - Annual Competitive Round (AUD 85,422)
  • 2019 to 2020 - Consultancy on Barramundi Breeding. Direct industry funding from Humpty Doo Barramundi (Darwin, AUS) awarded to Domingos JA (SGD 10,015);
  • 2018 to 2020 - Adopting intensive biosecure hatchery protocols and improving dietary strategies for growout to support the emerging cobia aquac... Awarded to Domingos JA; Lee P; Smullen R, Salini M, Holgate J, Cherrie B and Moloney J. FRDC Proj 2017-165: (AUD 158,000);
  • 2018 to 2020 - Breeding for scale drop resistance in barramundi Lates calcarifer. Awarded to Jerry DR; Kleine J; Cobcroft J; Monteil L; Cascione R & Domingos JA. Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore's Agriculture Productivity Fund (APF) R&D (SGD 609,261)
  • 2017 to 2020 - The evaluation of two species, Cobia and Giant Grouper, as alternative species to farm in the WSSV affected areas of Southeast Queensland. Awarded to Cherrie B, Domingos JA and Knuckey R. FRDC Project Number 2017-103 (AUD 158,000);
  • 2018 - Workshop on shrimp farming practices. Direct industry funding from a multinational technology and service company (in confidence). Awarded to Domingos JA & Gomes GB (SGD 6,000).
  • 2016 to 2018 - Maximizing the genetic potential of barramundi in different culture environments. Awarded to Domingos JA and Jerry DR. Partnership Grant Scheme, Coral Coast Barramundi Pty Ltd & JCU (AUD 100,000);
  • 2017 - Unleashing the potential of all-female cobia farming. Awarded to Domingos JA. Animal Science Queensland Innovation Opportunity (AUD 8,500);
  • 2017 - Scientific Equipment Program, Agri-Science Queensland. Awarded to Domingos JA. (AUD 5,745);
  • 2015 - Unleashing the barramundi genome. Awarded to Domingos JA. Faculty of Science and Engineering, JCU (AUD 14,915);
  • 2014 to 2015 - Awakening the female power in barramundi through RNAi-mediated male gene silencing. Awarded to Domingos JA and Owens L. Collaboration across boundaries, JCU (AUD 10,000).

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Fisheries Research & Development Corporation - Annual Competitive Round

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

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$85,422 over 3 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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  • Genomic selection of barramundi (Lates calcarifer) for improved scale drop disease virus (SDDV) resistance, growth, and fillet traits (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Developing Genetic Resources for Red Snapper Breeding Programs (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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