Dr Susan Gibson-Kueh did her BVSc at Sydney University, MSc at Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University, UK and PhD on ‘Diseases of Asian seabass or barramundi, Lates calcarifer Bloch’ at Murdoch University, Western Australia.

She has developed a broad perspective of the aquaculture industry from three decades of working in governments and academia, which guides and informs her research. One of her earlier roles was as Head of the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory, AgriFood and Veterinary Authority of Singapore for over a decade. Her expertise spans national disease surveillance, biosecurity, fish health management, diagnostic pathology, microbiology, and the study of novel and complex diseases in tropical aquaculture.  

Dr Gibson-Kueh published the first reports of two important diseases of Asian seabass or barramundi, scale drop and big belly which can cause devastating mortalities of up to 100%. Her current research is focused on the translation of an in-depth knowledge of gaps in aquatic animal health in aquaculture into her research goals. She believes that the key to successful management of diseases lies in advancing current knowledge in applied fish physiology, immunology and gene expression. She is passionate about promoting livelihoods to empower remote communities through quality education and research, in line with UN sustainable development goals to alleviate poverty.

She was the first to describe a coccidian parasite of L. calcarifer which was subsequently named after her, Goussia kuehaeDescription of Goussia kuehae n. sp. (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) 

She taught over 900 veterinary students at Murdoch University, over 200 aquaculture students at James Cook University Singapore, supervised  1 PhD and 5 Honours students successfully to completion, and is currently supervising 3 PhD students working on diseases of L. calcarifer

She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the Medicine and Management of Aquaculture species (by examination). 

  • MI2031: Diagnosis of Bacterial Diseases in Aquaculture (Level 2; SIN & TSV)
  • Fish Pathology
  • Fish Diseases in Tropical Aquaculture
  • Sustainable livelihoods in remote communities
  • 2024 to present - Associate Professor in Aquatic Animal Health, Tropical Futures Institute, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2022 to present - Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Harry Butler Institute, Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems, Murdoch University (Western Australia)
  • 2019 to 2023 - Senior Research Fellow (Aquatic Animal Health), Tropical Futures Institute, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2022 - Guest Editor, Special Issue "Creating a brighter future for life in the tropics.", MDPI Journal, Sustainability (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Sus_futurelife_tropics)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Senior Veterinary Fish Pathologist, Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development (Western Australia)
  • 2007 to 2017 - Lecturer (0.2 FTE), Murdoch University (Western Australia)
  • 1997 to 2007 - National Focal Aquatic Animal Disease Reporting Person, AgriFood & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (Singapore)
  • 1997 to 2007 - Head/Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory, AgriFood & Veterinary Authority (Singapore)
  • 1995 to 1997 - Veterinary Fish Pathologist, AgriFood & Veterinary Authority (Singapore)
  • 1991 to 1995 - Companion Animal Veterinarian, The Animal Clinic (Singapore)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2016 - Member of Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Medicine & Management of Aquaculture Species By examination
  • 2023 - R&D services in Exploring microbiome dynamics and potential pathogenic risks in aquatic exhibits at Singapore River Wonders. Awarded to Shen X & Gibson-Kueh S. Direct industry funding from Mandai Wildlife Group, Singapore (SGD 26,959)
  • 2023 - Farm Outreach Program (Workshop series to Singaporean fish farmers). Awarded to Domingos JA & Gibson-Kueh S. Singapore Food Agency (SFA) (SGD 20,000)
  • 2022 - Aquatic Veterinary Consultancy services . Awarded to Gibson-Kueh S. Direct industry funding from Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (SGD 66,000)
  • 2022 - A study on seafood market consumption and production trends in Singapore, funded by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Co-Investigator (SGD40,000)
  • 2014 - The Crawford Fund Grant (WA-645-2014) for a Fish Disease Investigation Master Class held at Ninth Symposium on Diseases in Asian Aquaculture, Vietnam, 24-28 Nov 2014. AUD7,960.00 https://www.crawfordfund.org/news/fish-disease-investigation-goes-digital/
  • 2022 to 2026 - Supercharging barramundi production through adv. sel. breeding for improved disease resistance, growth, and fillet yield. Co-Investigator (SGD 4,752,360)
  • 2021 to 2022 - R&D services in the testing of monoglyceride feed additives for fish. Awarded to Gibson-Kueh S; Domingos JA & Shen X. Direct industry funding from Adisseo (SGD 170,228)
  • 2016 - The Crawford Fund (WA-728-2016) for “Capacity Building in developing aquaculture as a sustainable means of livelihoods in Timor Leste” in collaboration with WorldFish. AUD12,000
  • 2013 - Co-PI, FRDC Project 2012/050 “Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram: Edwardsiella ictaluri survey in wild catfish populations” (AUD83,536.00)

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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.

  • The Pathobiology of Enteritis Complex in Cultured Barramundi, Lates calcarifer (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Epidemiology of 'Scale Drop Disease' in Farmed Lates Calcarifer in Singapore (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Using Environmental DNA (eDNA) as an early Detection and Monitoring Tool for Fish Ectoparisites Affecting Aquaculture in Southeast Asia (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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