Researcher Dr. Ahmed Siah has been appointed as a professor at Vancouver Island University.

Two local researchers appointed professors

Two leading research scientists from the BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences have been appointed Adjunct Professors at VIU

Two leading research scientists from the BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences have been appointed Adjunct Professors at Vancouver Island University.

Local Research Scientists at the BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences in Campbell River – Dr. Wyth Marshall and Dr. Ahmed Siah – have been appointed as Adjunct Professors at Vancouver Island University in the Faculty of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Both scientists will use their appointments to further research into molecular diagnosis and microbial ecology in shellfish and finfish.

Dr. Siah pursued his postdoctoral studies in molecular ecotoxicology at the University of Le Havre in France after earning his PhD in oceanography at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Rimouski, Quebec.

As a research associate at Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College, he led and managed several projects on mollusk health management and the development of molecular diagnostic tools.

He has been with BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (BC CAHS) for four years.

Dr. Marshall’s main research interest is in microbial ecology and she completed her PhD at the department of Botany at the University of British Columbia.

She also holds a BSc in biology and a certificate in environmental restoration from the University of Victoria. She has been at BC CAHS since 2010.

BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences chief executive Dr. Jim Powell said both doctors are regarded as experts in their fields.

“We’re extremely proud of the calibre of our team in Campbell River. These academic appointments recognize the talent in our local community.

“Part of our mandate is to educate people about aquatic sciences and Dr. Marshall and Dr. Siah are excellent teachers as well as researchers,” Powell added. “Throughout the terms of their appointment they will enrich the learning opportunities for students, helping them into hands-on research which has a commercial application.”

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