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Douglas Tocher

  • BSc (Hons I), PhD
  • Professor of Molecular Nutrition
  • University of Stirling
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Professor Douglas Tocher has a BSc (1979) and PhD (1982) in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He worked for 16 years for the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) at the Institute of Marine Biochemistry, Aberdeen (1982-1986) and the Unit of Aquatic Biochemistry, University of Stirling (1986-1998). His main research interests during this period were fish lipid and fatty acid metabolism including embryonic and early larval development, and cell culture studies on eicosanoid metabolism, polyunsaturated fatty acid synthesis and neural development. In 1998 he joined the Nutrition Group, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling as senior lecturer and was awarded his personal chair in 2009. His current primary research interests are the molecular biology and genetic basis of regulation of lipid and fatty acid metabolism and nutrition in fish, with particular focus on omega-3 (n-3) long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Professor Tocher has co-authored over 300 scientific publications. He is a member of the European Federation of Lipids, American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) and the European Aquaculture Society (EAS), and the editorial boards of the journals Aquaculture and Fish Physiology and Biochemistry.

Professional experience

Professor of Molecular Nutrition

The University of Stirling

April 1998 - Present

Principal Scientific Officer

NERC Unit of Aquatic Biochemistry

April 1986 - March 1998(12 years)

Senior Scientific Officer

NERC Institute of Marine Biochemistry

October 1982 - April 1986(4 years)



The University of Edinburgh

October 1979 - September 1982(3 years)

The University of Edinburgh

October 1976 - September 1979(3 years)


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