Michael Coogan

Off Shore Aquaculture Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: UNH Marine Sciences and Ocean Engineering Students, Morse Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Color photo of Michael Coogan of the EOS School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering.

My research focuses on using modern technologies to overcome challenges to aquaculture expansion in the United States. Current projects include improving sustainability through extractive species co-culture (IMTA), streamlining environmental monitoring and permitting, reducing threats to whales, and creating more efficient production through genetics and culture methods. I am passionate about producing food locally and protecting the natural environment through community engagement and robust science.


  • Ph.D., Aquaculture, Auburn University

Selected Publications

Coogan, M., Xing, D., Su, B., Alston, V., Johnson, A., Khan, M., . . . Dunham, R. A. (2023). CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knock-in of masu salmon (Oncorhyncus masou) elongase gene in the melanocortin-4 (mc4r) coding region of channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) genome.. Transgenic Res, 32(4), 251-264. doi:10.1007/s11248-023-00346-w

Coogan, M., Alston, V., Su, B., Khalil, K., Elaswad, A., Khan, M., . . . Dunham, R. A. (2022). Improved Growth and High Inheritance of Melanocortin-4 Receptor (mc4r) Mutation in CRISPR/Cas-9 Gene-Edited Channel Catfish, Ictalurus punctatus.. Mar Biotechnol (NY), 24(5), 843-855. doi:10.1007/s10126-022-10146-8

Coogan, M., Alston, V., Su, B., Khalil, K., Elaswad, A., Khan, M., . . . Dunham, R. A. (2022). CRISPR/Cas-9 induced knockout of myostatin gene improves growth and disease resistance in channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus). Aquaculture, 557, 738290. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2022.738290

Abualreesh, M., Myers, J. N., Gurbatow, J., Johnson, A., Xing, D., Wang, J., . . . Butts, I. A. E. (2021). Development of an Effective Cryopreservation Protocol for Blue Catfish Oogonia. North American Journal of Aquaculture, 83(4), 336-345. doi:10.1002/naaq.10203

Simora, R. M. C., Xing, D., Bangs, M. R., Wang, W., Ma, X., Su, B., . . . Dunham, R. A. (n.d.). CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knock-in of alligator cathelicidin gene in a non-coding region of channel catfish genome. Scientific Reports, 10(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-020-79409-5

Hettiarachchi, D. U., Alston, V., Gurbatow, J., Vo, K. M., Zadmajid, V., Coogan, M. P., . . . Butts, I. A. E. (2020). Donor body size and sex steroid hormones impact germ cell production for creation of xenogenic catfish. Aquaculture, 528, 735579. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735579

Myers, J. N., Nichols, Z. G., Abualreesh, M. H., El Husseini, N., Taylor, Z. A., Coogan, M. P., . . . Butts, I. A. E. (2020). Impact of sperm density on hatch success for channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) ♀ × blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) ♂ hybrid production. Aquaculture, 521, 735024. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735024