Ian Bricknell is the Libra Professor of Aquaculture Biology, University of Maine, and comes from North London, in the United Kingdom. Ian initially trained as a medical microbiologist working for the Public Health Laboratory Service, where he received extensive training in human immunology and parasitology. In 1989, he was offered the position of Higher Scientist at Fisheries Research Services (FRS) in Aberdeen in the fish immunology group, where he worked in the field of fish health developing fish vaccines and new and improved diagnostic methods for the detection of disease in wild and farmed fish. In 2007 Ian accepted the post of Libra Professor of Aquaculture Biology at the University of Maine and in 2009 was appointed as the first Director of the Aquaculture Research Institute. Since arriving in the USA, Ian has established a new aquatic animal disease research group and has expanded his research interests to include lobster health. Ian is committed to helping the working waterfront in Maine to ensure a sustainable and dynamic aquaculture industry in Maine.