Professor Abigail Elizur

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Professor Abigail Elizur


Professor in Aquaculture Biotechnology ; Co-director, GeneCology Research Centre

PhD ANU, MSc ANU, BSc Hebrew, FTSE

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Professor Abigail Elizur


Professor Abigail Elizur has been involved in the application of molecular biology and biotechnology to aquaculture since 1990 when she joined the National Centre for Mariculture in Eilat, Israel, where she led the work on fish reproductive endocrinology. In 1999 Professor Elizur returned to Australia, and joined the Bribie Island Aquaculture Research Centre, where she initiated the aquaculture biotechnology group that links with other aquaculture discipline.

Professor Abigail Elizur has worked with aquaculture species for more than 25 years. Since joining USC in 2004, she has built an internationally recognised research group with a major focus on the development and implementation of novel tools in the field of reproductive technologies in aquaculture species. Professor Elizur is the co-director of the biggest research centre in USC: GeneCology Research Centre.

Awards and Fellowships

  • The Award for Excellence in Research, which recognises outstanding contributions and achievements that have advanced research productivity and output, USC (2016)

  • Elected Fellow of The Academy of Technologies and Engineering, ATSE (2016)

  • USC medal for outstanding university researcher (2009)

Selected research grants

Project name Amount
International Industry grant: prawn reproduction and genetics 2015-2017 (PI) $140,000
FRDC: Deformity in Atlantic salmon 2016-2018 (PI) $264,217
ACIAR: Controlling giant grouper maturation, spawning and juvenile production in Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia. 2014-2018 (PI) $1,673,000 
FRDC Stress investigation in pearl oyster 2016 -2019 $492,450
European Commission FP7: Development of genomic tools for assessing nutrition, growth and reproduction issues in farmed crustacean species,(co-PI) 2013-2016 $40,000
FRDC: Pearl oyster genetics 2007-2016 (Co-PI) $1,500,000
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