Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences


BVM, MVM, CertAqV, PhD

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Address:  Room 1A-509, 5/F, Block 1, To Yuen Building, 31 To Yuen Street
City University of Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3442-4020

Research profile: CityU Scholars


Dr. Giana Gomes received her veterinary degree in 2003 from the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE) in Brazil where she also completed her MVM in shrimp diseases. She later on completed her PhD in aquaculture at James Cook University, Australia.

Before joining City University of Hong Kong in March 2019, she was a lecturer in aquaculture at James Cook University, Singapore. Prior to that appointment, she worked in a range of academic, governmental and industry positions, including Aquatec Ltd and Genearch Aquacultura Ltd in Brazil. In Australia, she worked at James Cook University, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of Queensland, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, The Fish Vet and The Yield (Agriculture Technology Company).
She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the scientific journal Aquaculture (Elsevier).


Dr. Giana Gomes has teaching experience in aquaculture subjects such as Aquaculture of Tropical Species, Introduction to Aquaculture, Sustainable Aquaculture and Aquaculture Systems Design.


Dr. Giana’s research focusses on early identification of disease within aquaculture farms using environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques and water quality monitoring (environmental sensing) associated with microbiome. She has a particular interest in integrating new technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) with molecular techniques to solve disease problems in aquaculture farms.

Research Interest

  • Molecular diagnostics of multiple aquaculture species
  • Artificial intelligence and IoT applied to aquaculture
  • Marine/freshwater finfish and shrimp health management
  • Link between bacterial microbiome and health/disease in aquaculture
  • Biosecurity – prevention and control of aquatic animal diseases

Selected Publications

Bastos Gomes G, KS Hutson, Domingos JA, TL Miller, Infante Villamil, S. Huerlimann, R, Jerry DR (2019). Parasitic protozoan interactions with bacterial microbiome in a tropical fish farm.
Aquaculture. 502: 196-201. doi: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2018.12.037

Shinn AP, Pratoomyot J, Metselaar M, Bastos Gomes G (2018).
Diseases in aquaculture – counting the costs of the top 100.
World Nutrition Forum: SCOPE – Scientific challenges and opportunities in the protein economy. Expert session – Aquaculture. 227-261.

Bastos Gomes G, KS Hutson, Domingos JA, TL Miller, Chung C, Hayward S, Jerry DR (2017).
Use of environmental DNA (eDNA) and water quality data to predict protozoan parasites outbreaks in fish farms.
Aquaculture. 479: 467-473. doi: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.06.021

Bastos Gomes G, Jerry DR, TL Miller, KS Hutson (2016).
Current status of parasitic ciliates Chilodonella spp. (Phyllopharyngea: Chilodonellidae) in freshwater fish aquaculture.
Journal of Fish Diseases. 40(5): 703-715. doi: 10.1111/jfd.12523

De Santis C, Bastos Gomes G, (2012).
Abundance of myostatin gene transcripts and their correlation with muscle hypertrophy during the development of barramundi, Lates calcarifer.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology- Part B. 163:101-107. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpb.2012.05.008

Tziouveli V, Bastos Gomes G, Bellwood O (2011) .
Functional morphology of mouthparts and digestive system during larval development of the cleaner shrimp Lysmata amboinensis (de Man, 1888).
Journal of Morphology. 272(9):1080-9. doi: 10.1002/jmor.10962

Bastos Gomes G, Domingos JA, Oliveira KKC, De Paula Mendes P, Arns Da Silva V, Mendes ES (2010).
Diagnosis of necrotizing hepatopancreatitis in Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, through wet mount, histopathology and PCR techniques.
Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. 41(5):816-822. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-7345.2010.00424.x