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Dr Alastair McBeath

Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 3524Alastair McBeath

E-mail: alastair.mcbeath@gov.scot

Address: Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, Scotland, UK

Research Interests

I am currently not heavily involved in research after to my appointment as Health & Safety Advisor for Marine Scotland Science. However, in my previous role my research mainly concerned viral diseases of fish that are important in Scottish aquaculture. My work was primarily focussed on the economically important pathogen infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV). This virus has caused two financially damaging outbreaks in Atlantic salmon aquaculture in Scotland (1998 and 2008), and a non-virulent strain has also been found in circulation. My research aimed to improve the knowledge as to why different strains of ISAV cause varying disease severity with the ultimate goal of providing further insight into the non-virulent strain that at present cannot be propagated in the laboratory.My ultimate objective was to contribute to the scientific knowledge to ensure the successful control of pathogens, with a particular focus on viruses and hereby assist the growth of the aquaculture industry.


I remain part of a collaboration of scientists from Norway and the Faroe Islands who share similar research goals regarding ISAV. Together we are producing multiple publications in the peer-reviewed scientific press that provide important new information on ISAV which will be of mutual benefit to our respective industries.

External Committees and Responsibilities

In my previous role I supervised or co-supervised students from BSc Hons to PhD level from both the University of Aberdeen and the Robert Gordon University. I occasionally perform peer-reviews for several different scientific publications.


  • Aamelfot M, Christiansen DH, Dale OB, McBeath A, Benestad SL, Falk K (2016) Localised infection of Atlantic salmon epithelial cells by HPR0 infectious salmon anaemia virus. PLOS ONE | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0151723 March 21, 2016

  • Matejusova, I., Noguera, P.A., Hall, M., McBeath, A.J.A., Urquhart, K., Simons, J., Fordyce, M.J., Lester, K., Ho, Y.M., Murray, W., Bruno, D.W. (2016). Susceptibility of goldsinny wrasse, Ctenolabrus rupestris L. (Labridae), to viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV) genotype III: experimental challenge and pathology. Veterinary Microbiology 186; 164-173.

  • Fourrier M., Lester K., Markussen, T., Falk, K., Secombes C.J., McBeath, A., and  Collet B. (2015). Dual mutation events in the haemagglutinin-esterase and F protein from an Infectious salmon anaemia virus HPR0 genotype promote viral fusion and activation by an ubiquitous host protease. PLoS One Oct 30;10(10).

  • *Aamelfot, M., *McBeath, A., Christiansen, D., Matejusova, I. and Falk, K. (2015). Infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) mucosal infection in Atlantic salmon. Veterinary Research 46:120.

  • Aamelfot, M., Dale, O. B., McBeath, A., Falk, K. (2015). Host tropism of infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) in marine and freshwater fish species. Journal of Fish Diseases 38(8):687-94.

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