This project helped protect human food safety through the development of a rapid screening assay for viruses in the cultured oyster.
Project Dates: July 2017 – September 2018
Funding Amount: $27,800
Students Hired: 1
Lead Researcher Dr. Ahmed Siah explains analytical results to NIC student Chayton Skye.
This project will help protect human food safety through the development of a rapid screening assay for viruses in the cultured oyster. This assay will test oyster samples as an early warning for shellfish growers.
Dr. Ahmed Siah, Lead Researcher
Dr. Ahmed Siah is a molecular biologist who pursued his Postdoctoral studies at the University of Le Havre in France after earning his PhD in Oceanography at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Rimouski, Quebec. He specializes in developing new technologies in the field of aquatic health diagnostics and implementing and validating molecular biology technologies for diagnostics.
Chayton Skye, student
Chayton Skye took part in this project while doing his first year of studies at North Island College.
Through this project a new rapid screening assay was developed and collaborations formed with other scientists to further investigate oyster survival challenges.
Naomi Tabata, CARTI manager