Dr Clive Butler in the lab

Dr Clive Butler in the lab

Dr Clive Butler
Associate Professor of Microbial Biochemistry


My research interests lie in the study of the microbiology and biochemistry of important mineral cycles, with specific focus on the microbial interaction with selenium and nitrogen. The main objective of my work is to characterize the biochemical reactions of these cycles in whole cells and cell fractions.  We study gene expression and protein synthesis in response to environmental change; investigate electron-transfer reactions between proteins involved in respiratory pathways; and purify and characterize proteins and enzymes to reveal their structure and function. We study a range of organisms including human pathogens, soil bacteria, archaea and algae, and use a combination of whole cell physiology, molecular genetics, enzymology, spectroscopy, imaging and structural biology. This work has implications for understanding how pathogens can survive and colonize within a host during infection, through to the synthetic exploitation of bacterial biomineralization for the environmentally friendly and cost efficient fabrication of novel nanomaterials.


2014 Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
2001 Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Education, University of Newcastle
1995 PhD Microbial Biochemistry, King's College, University of London
1991 BSc (Hons) Biotechnology, King's College, University of London


2012 – present Associate Professor in Microbial Biochemistry, Biosciences, CLES, University of Exeter
2006-2012 Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter
2000-2006 Lecturer in Biochemistry, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, University of Newcastle
1995-2000 Senior Research Associate, Centre for Metalloprotein Spectroscopy and Biology (CMSB). University of East Anglia, Norwich

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 724675
AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
Stocker Road

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