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Dr Diana Minardi is a molecular biologist involved in the investigation of crustacean and fish disease. Her current research focuses on the detection and diagnosis of pathogens combining standard molecular approaches (like PCR, qPCR) and high throughput next generation sequencing. Diana studied Aquaculture and Fish Pathology (University of Bologna) and obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences (University of Exeter) before joining Cefas and the Crustacean Health Theme within the OIE Collaborating Centre for Emerging Aquatic Animal Disease and the International Centre of Excellence for Aquatic Animal Health. While her studies have ranged from crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci) detection to the application of pond-site molecular diagnostic tools, her interests include the description of disease-associated microbiome (pathobiome) changes in shrimps and fish aquaculture systems by high throughput next generation sequencing.