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Dr James Butler RSci MRSB

Dr James Butler RSci MRSB

Associate Lecturer in Medical Sciences



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Dr James Butler is an Associate Lecturer in Medical Sciences in the Department of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences within the University of Exeter Medical School. He mainly has teaching responsibilities on the BSc Medical Sciences, BSc Neuroscience, BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences, and BMBS Medicine programmes. His area of expertise is microbiology, although he has experience in immunology and his first degree was in the wider biomedical sciences.

James currently holds the following leadership roles:

  • Chair, BMBS Medical Sciences Integrated Learning Group (MS-ILG).
  • Deputy Module Lead, CSC1004 Fundamental Skills for Medical Scientists.


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  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP; currently ongoing).
  • PhD in Microbiology & Nanomaterials, University of Plymouth.
  • MSc Biomedical Science (Immunology), University of Plymouth.
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, University of Plymouth.


Prior to moving to the University of Exeter in October 2022, James was a Post-doctoral Research Associate in Microbiology at the University of Plymouth where he worked on bacterial vaccines. Before that post, he completed a PhD at the University of Plymouth using silver nanoparticles to develop an antimicrobial nanocoating for use in hospital wastewater plumbing systems.


Research interests

James has research interests in antimicrobial resistance (AMR); particularly where it relates to topics such as infection prevention and control (IPC), the role of hospital wastewater in nosocomial infections, the emergence of novel Gram-negative bacterial pathogens, and the development of bacterial vaccines.

Research projects

  • Genomic and phenotypic analysis of emerging Gram-negative bacterial pathogens identified in patients with cystic fibrosis.
  • Development of attenuated bovine herpesvirus-4 for the production of safe, inexpensive vaccines to control porcine Streptococcus suis infection and bovine mastitis caused by Escherichia coli.
  • Treatment of intramacrophage Mycobacterium abscessus infection with combination therapy.
  • Development of an antibacterial silver nanocoating for application to hospital wastewater plumbing systems to reduce nosocomial infections.


Journal articles

Butler J, Handy RD, Upton M, Besinis A (2023). Review of Antimicrobial Nanocoatings in Medicine and Dentistry: Mechanisms of Action, Biocompatibility Performance, Safety, and Benefits Compared to Antibiotics. ACS Nano
Butler J, Upton M (2023). What's really down the hospital plughole?. Journal of Hospital Infection, 138, 92-93.
Butler J, Kelly SD, Muddiman KJ, Besinis A, Upton M (2022). Hospital sink traps as a potential source of the emerging multidrug-resistant pathogen Cupriavidus pauculus: characterization and draft genome sequence of strain MF1. Journal of Medical Microbiology, 71(2). Abstract.

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External Engagement and Impact

Editorial responsibilities

James has been a manuscript peer reviewer for the following journals:

  • Journal of Medical Microbiology.
  • Letters in Applied Microbiology.
  • Access Microbiology.
  • International Journal of Infectious Diseases.
  • American Journal of Infection Control.
  • Infection Prevention in Practice.
  • Journal of Hospital Infection.


Professional memberships:

  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB; 2019–present).
  • Member of the Microbiology Society (2016–present).
  • Member of Applied Microbiology International (formerly Society for Applied Microbiology; 2018–present).
  • Member of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (2019–present).


James primarily teaches on the BSc Medical Sciences, BSc Neuroscience, BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences, and BMBS Medicine programmes. He currently has responsibilities on the following modules:

  • CSC1004 Fundamental Skills for Medical Scientists (Deputy Module Lead)
  • CSC1005 Integrated Human Physiology
  • CSC2012 Disease, Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • CSC2023 Experimental Design and Statistics
  • CSC3019 Translational Medical Science
  • CSC3028/3029 Medical Sciences Research Project
  • NEU1008 Medical Cell Biology
  • Problem Based Learning (PBL) Year 1 (BMBS)
  • Special Study Units (SSUs) 1, 2 and 3 (BMBS)
  • Research SSU (BMBS)
  • Medical Knowledge (BMBS)

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