Becca Millard
PhD Student


Rebecca is a PhD student within the Environmental Biology research theme. She has a strong interest in aquatic animal health and disease mitigation within aquaculture industries.

Prior to starting her PhD, Rebecca studied Biology at the University of Leeds. During her industry year she worked for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). Here she developed GIS tools to assess the risk of pathogen spread between aquaculture sites connected via river networks, and informed risk models to determine the probability of Koi herpesvirus spread between fully-enclosed waters by the movement of contaminated angling equipment.

Rebecca continued to work with pathogens during her dissertation project; employing routine molecular biology techniques to investigate the changes in exosome protein profiles following Toxoplasma gondii infection in a neuronal cell model.

Her current research combines disease exposures, molecular, and computational biology to determine the mechanisms of pathogenesis of white spot syndrome virus infection, a hugely important pathogen within the shrimp farming industry.

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Broad research specialisms

  • Aquaculture
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pathology
  • Virology


2015 - BSc Biology (Ind), First Class Honours, University of Leeds

Contact details

AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
Stocker Road
OfficeLab 201

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