Prof. Martin Llewellyn

Prof. Martin Llewellyn

Professor of Molecular Ecology, University of Glasgow

Professor Martin Llewellyn is an expert Molecular Ecology at the University of Glasgow. Martin did his PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine under Michael Miles and spent several joyous years chasing Trypanosoma cruzi reservoir hosts around different countries in Latin America including Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil.

Martin branched out into fish parasites. With the help of a Marie Curie Fellowship, he travelled to Quebec City, Canada to eat poutine and join Louis Bernatchez’s lab at the Universite’de Laval focusing on the conservation of aquatic resources and ecological genomics of adaptation and speciation.

Martin’s current research at the University of Glasgow focuses on salmon microbiology and parasitology. Martin is interested in Neoparamoeba perurans genomics and biology. He currently holds funding to explore the potential to use trypanocidal drugs to treat Amoebic Gill Disease. In his spare time he runs SalmoSim - an in vitro model of the Atlantic Salmon gut. 

Selected publications

  • Schaal, P., Cheaib, B. , Kaufmann, J., Phillips, K., Ryder, L., McGinnity, P. and Llewellyn, M. (2022) Links between host genetics, metabolism, gut microbiome and amoebic gill disease (AGD) in Atlantic Salmon. Animal Microbiome, 4, 53. (doi: 10.1186/s42523-022-00203-x) (PMID:36109797) (PMCID:PMC9479442)
  • Peters, L., Spatharis, S. , Dario, M. A., Dwyer, T., Roca, I. J.T., Kintner, A., Kanstad-Hanssen, Ø., Llewellyn, M. S. and Praebel, K. (2018) Environmental DNA: a new low-cost monitoring tool for pathogens in salmonid aquaculture. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 3009. (doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.03009) (PMID:30581425) (PMCID:PMC6292926)