Dr Johanna Baily has joined PatoGen Scotland.

PatoGen strengthens Scotland team

Lecturer and fish health professional named as senior advisor in histopathology


Farmed fish health diagnostics company PatoGen had appointed former Stirling University lecturer Dr Johanna Baily as senior advisor in histopathology to strengthen its team in Scotland, the company said in a press release today.

Norwegian-owned PatoGen said the move was an important step further in its efforts to build a strong fish health team specialising on Scottish production.

Baily has long-standing experience in aquaculture both in industry and in academia, most recently as a senior lecturer in aquatic pathology at Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture. She is a European specialist in veterinary pathology, a member of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP) and brings first-hand expertise in health and welfare of farmed fish, having previously worked for Fish Vet Group and Europharma for a wide range of fish farming companies.

Rapid tests

She has a master’s in aquatic veterinary studies from Stirling and a PhD in grey seal pathology from the University of St Andrews.

In an interview with Women in Scottish Aquaculture earlier this year, Baily said rapid diagnostic tests and biomarkers are likely to be a key area of development for Scottish aquaculture in the next decade.

To shorten delivery times for histopathology reports, PatoGen has recently entered into a collaboration with Easter Bush Pathology at the University of Edinburgh. Fish tissue samples originating in Scotland will be processed and the slides digitalised at the University’s veterinary pathology unit before transfer to PatoGen for analysis and reporting.