Associate professor, University of Sydney

Joy’s research program is focused on understanding and controlling production-limiting diseases affecting global aquaculture. Her research program has a strong industry focus on “real world” problems faced by fish farmers. Her most important research contribution has been providing the scientific evidence that underpinned changes in Australia’s quarantine policy for exotic aquatic pathogens coming in with the trade in ornamental fish. Other key career achievements include development of a prototype parasite vaccine, new drug treatments for fish parasites, and novel diagnostic tests.

Joy uses an array of investigative tools from a variety of disciplines, such as epidemiology, immunology, microbiology and physiology to research important aquatic pathogens affecting both aquaculture species and wild fish populations.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Aquatic Animal Health and Production, University of Sydney

Education

  • 2005 
    University of Prince Edward Island; Atlantic Veterinary College, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    • Vessel biofouling and aquatic pathogens of international concern
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries
  • 2017
    • Impact of ocean warming and acidification on marine fish production
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    World Universities Network
  • 2017
    • Rapid identification of emerging pathogens in marine aquaculture
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Sydney
  • 2016
    • Strategic approaches to identifying pathogens of quarantine concern associated with the importation of ornamental fish
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australian Government
  • 2014
    • Strategic approaches to identifying pathogens of quarantine concern associated with the importation of ornamental fish
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australian Government
  • 2013
    • Improving fish health management and farm production in marine finfish aquaculture in Indonesia and Australia
    Role:
    Co-investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research
  • 2009
    • Surveys of ornamental fish for pathogens of quarantine significance
    Role:
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australian Government

Professional Memberships

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Preventive Veterinary Medicine
  • Associate Editor for BMC Veterinary Research
  • Member of Australia’s National Carp Control Plan Scientific Advisory Group