Fish vaccines

Vaccine Development Research Projects

Since 2018, research has been carried out at the MFRC to develop and test the effectiveness of vaccines for the protection of freshwater and marine finfish against disease.  Vaccines were successfully made for administration by immersion, orally, and intraperitoneal injection. More recently, the research focus is on developing nucleic acid and recombinant protein vaccines

Project 1. Site-specific autogenous vaccine development for improved health and welfare of finfish species in Irish Aquaculture (2018-2020)
Project 2. Salmon Vaccines: Development and testing of a viral DNA vaccine for Pancreas Disease, and development of a bacterial vaccine for Furunculosis (2021-2023)
Project 3. Development of an AGD vaccine for salmon based on immunisation with the membrane fraction of Neoparamoeba perurans (2021-2023)

Funding for this research is from Ireland’s EU Structural Funds programme (ESIF) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

For more information please contact Dr Anita Talbot or Dr Orla Slattery (

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Project Team

Post-doctoral researcher
Research Assistant
Lecturer and Researcher in medical science and fish health
Senior Research Fellow
Research Assistant