Dr David Price

Dr David Price

Lecturer in Genetics

School of Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Health)

Dr David Price can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Genetics
  • Conservation genetics
  • Freshwater fish
  • Fish cytogenetics
  • Fish husbandry
  • Aquarium systems


Lecturer in Genetics
Locality Theme Lead (Biomedical Sciences) for Special Study Units in Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry
School Academic Liaison Coordinator with colleges who are members of the Academic Partnerships network
School Project Liason with National Marine Aquarium and Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Ethics and Integrity Committee Member


Visiting Lecturer, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 1998
Lecturer in Genetics, University of Plymouth, 1976-present
Institute of Cancer Research Postdoctoral Cytogeneticist, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, 1975
PhD, Population Cytogenetics, University of London, 1975
Lecturer, Polytechnic of North London, 1974
MSc (by research), Cytogenetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manchester, 1971
Lecturer, Oldham Technical College, Openshaw Technical College, and Salford Technical College 1969-1971
BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of London, 1969

Professional membership

The Genetics Society
The British Society for Genomic Medicine
The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

Roles on external bodies

2012-present: Member, National Marine Aquarium Ethics Committee.
2011-2016: Member, Zoos Expert Committee. The Committee provides UK ministers with independent technical advice on zoo policy matters. Its key role is to provide advice and recommendations on measures to encourage the role of zoos in conservation, education and scientific research; and advise on the operation and implementation of the zoo licensing system in the UK.
2008-2011: Member, Zoos Forum - the independent advisory body which reported to Defra ministers. The Forum advised government on zoo licensing and policy matters. It was replaced in 2011 by the Zoos Expert Committee.
2005-2012: Member, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust Animal Ethics Committee.



Teaching interests

Module leader and teaching for:

BHCS3009   Medical Genetics  
BHCS2003   Genetic Continuity and Diversity
BHCS1005   Human Disease
FMD003       Learning Skills for Healthcare

Also teach on:
BIOM5001    Molecular Biology: Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics
BHCS3024   Diet, Exercise and Chronic Disease
BHCS3022   Contemporary Issues in Human Health
BHCS3021   Research Project in Healthcare Science   
BHCS2032   Contemporary Healthcare Science Practice
BHCS2019   Methods in Human Biosciences
BHCS1002   Human Anatomy and Physiology: Cells to Systems
Honours degree project supervision:
BHCS3001  Personal Research Project

Special Study Unit provision for University of Plymouth Peninsula Medical School
BS001        Gene Therapy

Staff serving as external examiners

External examiner for PhD students at University College Swansea and the University of Stirling



Research interests

My current interests lie with conservation genetics of freshwater fish and, in particular, viviparous fishes endemic to Mexico.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Previously supervised 3 PhD and 2 MPhil students as well as several MSc students.

Grants & contracts

2005/2006 funding and sponsorship for the wadifish project:
    Higher Education Innovation Fund 2 £10,000
    North of England Zoological Society, Chester Zoo £5,000
    Project AWARE (UK) £2,000
    YSI Environmental £3,900 (equipment and software)
    Ocean World Productions £1,450 (vehicle and accommodation costs)
    Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. £800 (equipment)

1999 - 2008. Industrial sponsorship for a visiting lecturer in Aquarium Sciences and Conservation to teach on the MRes Applied Fish Biology programme rising to £4,500 per annum.



Price, D. J.  2012.  Genetic strategies for captive breeding of viviparous fishes for conservation and other purposes: practicalities and limitations.  In Viviparous Fishes II (eds. M. C. Uribe and Grier, H. J.). pp389-402.  New Life Publications, Florida.

Jordan, W. C., Cross, T. F., Crozier, W. W., Ferguson, A., Galvin, P., Hurrell, R. H., McGinnity, P., Martin, S. A. M., Moffett, I. J. J., Price, D. J., Youngson, A. F. and Verspoor, E.  2005.  Allozyme variation in Atlantic salmon from the British Isles: associations with geography and the environment.  Journal of Fish Biology, 67 (Supplement A), 146-168.

Price, D. J.  2005.  Genetic considerations in the conservation of freshwater viviparous fish.  In Viviparous Fishes (eds. M. C. Uribe and Grier, H. J.). pp351-364.  New Life Publications, Florida.

Burgess, P., McMahon, S. and Price, D. J.  2005.  Conservation of Trinidadian populations of Poecilia reticulata Peters, 1859 (Poeciliidae).  In Viviparous Fishes (eds. M. C. Uribe and Grier, H. J.), pp425-434.  New Life Publications, Florida.

Brice, G. and Price, D. J.  2004.  The use of enrichments to reduce the frequency of stereotypical behaviour in a captive ocelot Leopardus pardalis at Porfell Animal land, Cornwall.  In: Proceedings of the 6th Annual Symposium on Zoo Research (ed. C. Macdonald), p257-268. The Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland, London.   ISSN 1479-7100.

Brooking, Z. A. and Price, D. J.  2004.  The effect of human presence on the behavioural and distributional patterns of two species of captive penguins, African (Spheniscus demersus) and gentoo (Pygoscelis papua) on being transferred into a new enclosure at Living Coasts, Devon.  In: Proceedings of the 6th Annual Symposium on Zoo Research (ed. C. Macdonald), p170-179. The Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland, London.  ISSN 1479-7100.

Jeffery, S. B. And Price, D. J.  2004.  The effect of environmental factors on the behaviour of captive red-fronted lemurs (Eulemur fulvus rufus).  In: Proceedings of the 6th Annual Symposium on Zoo Research (ed. C. Macdonald), p280-291. The Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland, London.  ISSN 1479-7100.

Price, D. J. and Clayton, G. M.  1999.  Genotype-environment interactions in the susceptibility of the common carp, Cyprinus carpio, to Ichthyophthirius multifiliis infections.  Aquaculture, 173, 149-160.



Reports & invited lectures

Keynote Lecturer at XIII Encuentro Nacional de Acuariofilia, Acapulco, Mexico, 2009: "Genetics of ornamental fishes". Organised by Comite Estatal Sistema Producto Pez Ornato Del Estado De Morelos (COESPPOEM), Mexico

Invited Lecturer at 10th Annual BIAZA Research Symposium, Hull, 2008: "Scientific research in public aquariums"

Invited Lecturer at III International Symposium on Viviparous Fishes, Morelia, Mexico, 2006: "Genetic strategies for captive breeding of vivparous fishes for conservation and other purposes: practicalities and limitations"

Invited Lecturer at II International Symposium on Viviparous Fishes, Queretaro, Mexico, 2002: "Genetic considerations in the conservation of freshwater livebearing fish, with particular reference to the family Goodeidae"

Other academic activities

2005 External advisor for PgDip Genetics and Counselling Skills at University of the West of England