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An interview with Dr. Nabeil Salama

An interview with Dr Nabeil Salama Photo

Describe your work in a twitter post (140 characters)

“Understanding transmission of parasites and pathogens in Scottish aquaculture for sustainable industry”

How did you get to where you are now?
“In school I thought about becoming a vet because of a strong interest in animal health and welfare, then through the course of my undergraduate and masters degrees I developed an interest in population dynamics and ecology. I then went on to complete my PhD at Imperial College London on population dynamics regulated by pathogens. My career has come full circle in that I’m now working in animal health and welfare by preventing disease outbreaks in aquaculture”

What is your proudest work-related moment to date?
“Explaining my work to non-specialists, helping them to understand and appreciate the research and how it might be useful to them.”

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
“Working in my Dad’s fish and chip shop. Filleting and boning fish in the freezing cold was awful. Although, at least it was fish related!”

If you had left academia in a parallel universe, what job would you be doing instead?
“Two of my favourite jobs I’ve ever had were working in a brewery and running my own beer and music festivals, so probably a brewer.”

Apart from Cardiff (or Wales!) where is the best place you have ever travelled to for work?
“Chile, definitely. I spent some time in Chile working on sustainable aquaculture education projects and loved it. It’s a fantastic place.”

What’s your favourite parasite?
“Probably Gyrodactylus salaris, although I’ve never worked on it! It has an amazing ‘Russian Doll’ reproductive strategy that fascinates me.”

If you had to be infected with a parasite, what would it be?
A Schistosome. Although it causes an awful disease and I wouldn’t particularly want to have schistosomiasis, it’s easily treatable and I think more importantly it would raise awareness of a devastating but easily curable disease that’s the second biggest cause of parasite mediated human mortality in the world.”

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?
“I don’t really have one! I would much prefer a pub quiz.”

What is your favourite type of cheese?
“Grilled halloumi.”

If your office/lab caught on fire, what would you save?
“I recently inadvertently volunteered as fire warden for my office so I’d have to grab my clipboard and high vis tabard!”.

To find about more about Nabeil’s research at Marine Scotland click here

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