Iain Young gained BSc and PhD in Zoology/Biomechanics from the University of Leeds. Before joining the University of Liverpool in 2002 he held research positions at the University of Pennsylvania and personal fellowships at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, USA.
Iain Young’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying growth and development of fish and other aquatic animals, understanding the impact of environment, husbandry practices, nutrition and diet to improve fish yield and quality, improve sustainability of production, minimise environmental impact and improve welfare.
Iain actively promotes cross-disciplinary approaches to address challenges faced by the aquaculture sector; working closely with industry to develop new approaches and new technologies and delivering R&D. This has resulted in funding and projects (EU, BBSRC, TSB/Innovate UK) as diverse as novel sensor development for water quality measurement, anaerobic digestion of fish and agriculture waste, new and more sustainable protein sources for fish feed, smart fish monitoring and advanced water treatment technologies.
Iain works with third sector organisations and social enterprises to promote healthy eating, local food production, urban farming and healthy eating. He is proud to be a non-executive director of Farm Urban – a social enterprise providing education, skills and technology to bring communities together and encourage sustainable urban living.