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Dr Bertrand Collet

Bertrand ColletTelephone: +44 (0)131 244 4231
E-mail: Bertrand.Collet@gov.scot 
Address: Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, ABERDEEN,              AB11 9PA

Research Interests

My research interest concerns the antiviral defence in fish and the development of biotechnological tools for monitoring fish health for the improvement of fish infectiology and diagnostic. I have some expertise in the design and generation of transgenic fish cell lines that can be used to measure viraemia, to improve serological methods or to contribute to characterise pathogenicity of viral field isolates. I am leading several projects funded by the NC3Rs (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research) with the most notable being the development of a non-lethal sampling method to monitor the immune response in fish.


I have numerous collaborations with national and international research groups in universities of Aberdeen and Stirling as well as universities, research institutes or companies within or outside the EU (Norway, Denmark, Spain, France, Chile) through co-supervision of PhD students, sharing biological materials, research contracts or visiting scientist/PhD students.

External Committees and Responsibilities

Since February 2014 I am the ASPA project licence holder for the Fish Veterinary Aquarium (FVA). I was part of the User Selection Panel of the EU network NADIR (2010-2013). I am supervising and co-supervising a number of PhD students. I am frequently invited as reviewer for a number of international journals and appointed to act as project reviewer and PhD opponent.

Most Recent Publications

  • Collet, B; Urquhart, K; Noguera, P; Larsen, K; Lester,  K; Smail, D; and Bruno, D (2013). A method to measure an indicator of viraemia in Atlantic salmon using a reporter cell line. Journal of Virological Methods 191:113-117.
  • Collet B (2014) Innate immune responses to viral infections of salmonid fish. Developmental and Comparative Immunology. 43:160-173.
  • Alvarez-Torres, D; Bejar, J; Collet, B; Alonso,  M C and Garcia-Rosado, E (2013). Structural and functional characterization of the Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis) Mx promoter. Fish and Shellfish Immunology. 35:1642-1648.
  • Chang,  M; Zou,  J; Nie, P; Huang,  B; Collet, B and Secombes C J (2013). Intracellular interferons in fish: A unique means to combat viral infection. Plos Pathogens. 9(11):e1003736
  • Fourrier,  M; Lester, K; Thoen,  E; Mikalsen,  A; Evensen,  O; Falk, K; Collet, B and McBeath, A (2014). Deletions in the Highly Polymorphic Region (HPR) of Infectious Salmon Anaemia Virus HPR0 haemagglutinin-esterase protein enhance viral fusion and influence the interaction with the fusion protein. Journal of General Virology. 95:1015-1024.

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