Prof Ian Johnston

Prof Ian Johnston


School Positions
Chandos Professor of Physiology (1997-present)
Director, Scottish Oceans Institute (2012-present)
Director, Gatty Marine Laboratory (1985-2008)
Director of Research, School of Biology (2003-6)
Member, School of Biology Management Group (2000-2006) (2012-present)
Head of School: (Biology & Preclinical Medicine, 1987-1992; Environmental & Evolutionary Biology, 1997-1999)

External Positions
Steering Committee Member of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) – an ESFRI Research Infrastructure in the preparatory phase (2011-2014)
Steering Committee Member of LIFECYCLE an EU-funded FP7 Integrated Research Project (2009-2013)
Vice-President (2005-2007) and President (2007-2009) Society for Experimental Biology
Member of the Natural Environment Research Council & Chairman, Marine Science & Technology Board (1995-2000)
Adjunct Professor, University of Nordland, Norway (2002-2011)

Elected Fellow Royal Society of Edinburgh 1987
Awarded Scientific Medal Zoological Society of London 1984

Research Group
Dr Vera Vieira-Johnston (Honorary Research Fellow)
Dr Daniel J. Macqueen (MASTS Research Fellow)
Dr Daniel Garcia de la serrana (EU-funded)
Dr Thomas Ashton (BBSRC-funded)
Clara Coll-Llado, PhD student/academic apprentice (50% with Dr David Ferrier)

Professor Shugo Watabe, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8657, Japan
Dr Bjarni K. Kristjánsson, Holar University College, Iceland
Dr Robert H. Devlin, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, West Vancouver, Canada
Professor Jorge Fernandes, University of Nordland, Norway
Industrial Partners
Young’s Seafood, SalmoBreed A/S, BioMar, Ewos Innovation

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Recent publications

50  (of 167 published available) for iaj. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2018 (5/7)
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering
2018 (18/7)
Frontiers in Genetics
(Review article)
2017 (1/7)
vol.476 pp.59-64
2017 (1/6)
General and Comparative Endocrinology
vol.247 pp.53-65
2016 (9)
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
vol.199 pp.50-57
2015 (14/3)
BMC Genomics
2015 (31/7)
BMC Genomics
2014 (11/6)
Biology Letters
Cardiac myoglobin deficit has evolved repeatedly in teleost fishes
Daniel J. Macqueen, Daniel Garcia de la Serrana Castillo, Ian Alistair Johnston 
Keywords: Myoglobin, Oxygen supply, Fish evolution, Climate change, Thermal tolerance, Limitation, Expression, Oxygen
2014 (1)
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology
vol.167 pp.90-99
2014 (1/10)
Journal of Experimental Biology
vol.217 pp.3392-3395
2014 (4)
Genome Biology and Evolution
vol.6 pp.981-7
2013 (25/9)
PLoS One
2013 (5)
Molecular Biology and Evolution
vol.30 pp.1060-1076
2013 (6/9)
PLoS One
2012 (1)
American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
vol.302 pp.R193-R206
2012 (17/12)
PLoS One
Development temperature has persistent effects on muscle growth responses in gilthead sea bream
Daniel Garcia de la Serrana Castillo, Vera Lucia Almeida Vieira-Johnston, Karl B Andree, Maria Darias, Alicia Estévez, Enric Gisbert, Ian Alistair Johnston 
2012 (11/5)
BMC Genomics
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
vol.109 pp.14247-14252
2012 (7/6)
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
vol.279 pp.2255-2261
Universal scaling rules predict evolutionary patterns of myogenesis in species with indeterminate growth
Ian Alistair Johnston, Bjarni K. Kristjansson, Charles G. M. Paxton, Vera Lucia Almeida Vieira-Johnston, Daniel John MacQueen, Michael A. Bell 
Keywords: Parallel evolution, Dwarfism, Muscle fibres, Threespine stickleback, Arctic charr, Scaling laws
Molecular Ecology
vol.20 pp.3167-3184
The parallel evolution of dwarfism in Arctic charr is accompanied by adaptive divergence in mTOR-pathway gene expression
Daniel John MacQueen, Bjarni K. Kristjánsson, Charles G. M. Paxton, Vera Lucia Almeida Vieira-Johnston, Ian Alistair Johnston 
2010 (28/5)
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
vol.396 pp.265-271
2009 (1)
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
vol.152 pp.47-53
2008 (7)
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Intra-specific variation in muscle fibre phenotype
Ian Alistair Johnston, I. P. G. Amaral, V. L. A. Vleira 
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Contact Details:

Prof Ian Johnston
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

tel: 01334 463440
fax: 01334 463443
room: 1.2/3.1


Fish Muscle Research Group
Fish Muscle Research Group
School of Biology
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute

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The Secretary
Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB

tel: +44 (0) 1334 463472
fax: +44 (0) 1334 463443