Barbara is Professor at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, where she leads Aquatic Animal Health research group. Barbara has her PhD from Sydney University and has been working at University of Tasmania since 1991. Her research interest focus on various aspects of fish health, such as fish parasitology, fish immunology and fish pathology, including both wild and farmed fish. Barbara has been working on fish health management and disease control. She has been actively involved in Atlantic salmon and tuna health research and collaborated with aquaculture industry worldwide. She is the expert on amoebic gill disease. Barbara was a member of a team evaluating effects of climate change on Atlantic salmon industry in Tasmania. Recently her research group has developed an oral vaccine delivery for yersiniosis, which could be adapted for other diseases. She led the research that resulted in development of successful management strategies for parasitic diseases for tuna industry. She has mentored more than 30 PhD students, and co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed publications. Barbara is Associate Editor of Journal of Fish Diseases and PeerJ and a member of the Editorial Board of Acta Ichtyologia et Piscatoria. She has received numerous awards for her research and supervision of PhD students.