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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Gregory D. Wiens (Greg)

Molecular Biologist

 

USDA-ARS-NCCCWA

11861 Leetown Road

Kearneysville, WV 25430

Voice: (304) 724-8340 x3189

 

Professional Biographical Information:

B.A. in Biology (1983), Occidental College, CA

Ph.D. in Microbiology (1992), Oregon State University, OR

Research Immunologist (2003-present); USDA-ARS, National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture, Leetown, WV.

 

Research Rationale and Focus:

The demand for seafood is increasing worldwide while there is new restriction on capture fisheries harvest.  To meet increasing consumer demand, U.S. aquaculture producers require improved efficiencies and sustainable practices while maintaining and improving product quality.  Currently, endemic and emerging disease limit cool and cold water aquaculture production.  Major knowledge gaps exist regarding host resistance and the co-evolution of pathogen virulence, and the impact of environmental change leading to disease. Given the complexity and multidisciplinary nature of these problems, I work in collaboration with other scientists focusing on host resistance mechanisms, microbial genomics, and analysis of host-pathogen interactions within an evolutionary-based framework. 

Current research topics and publications:

1. Immune gene identification and evolution

                Glenney and Wiens

                Wiens et al.

2. Utilizing selective breeding to understand and increase disease resistance

                Hadidi et al.

                Wiens et al.

3. Microbial genomics of aquaculture pathogens

                Wiens et al.

4. Evaluation of select germplasm under laboratory and farm conditions.

                Wiens et al.

                2012 Germplasm Release

 

Workshops and Meetings:
Renibacterium Genome Sequencing Project and Workshop

Flavobacterium 2007

Eighth International Congress on the Biology of Fish (Immunity and Disease Resistance)

Flavobacterium 2009

Flavobacterium 2012

 

Current and Former Lab Members

Collaborators

Doug Call

John Cisar

Clear Springs Foods Inc (Scott LaPatra)

Jason Evenhuis

Integrated Genomics (Igenbio)

Steve Kaattari

Ben LaFrentz

Tim Leeds

Yniv Palti

Dan Rockey

Mark Strom

Roger Vallejo

Tim Welch

Andrew Wargo

Patty Zwollo


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