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Dr Aimee Murray

Dr Aimee Murray

Research Fellow

 01326 259016

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 1.14

 

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

Dr Aimee Murray is a microbiologist researching the evolution and ecology of antimicrobial resistance. A particular focus is the selection and co-selection for antimicrobial resistance in the environment and environmental risk assessment of antimicrobials.

Aimee joined the European Centre for Environment in Human Health (ECEHH) to undertake her BBSRC/ AstraZeneca CASE funded PhD studies. Following the award of her PhD, Aimee secured a NERC Industrial Innovation Research Fellowship to develop the first assay which can generate data on selection for antimicrobial resistance and be used for environmental risk assessment.

Qualifications

  • PhD Medical Sciences, University of Exeter 2013 – 2017
  • BSc Biology, University of Bath 2010 - 2013

Research group links

Research

Research interests

My research focuses on understanding the evolution of antimicrobial resistance and using this knowledge for real-world impact by improving antimicrobial stewardship. 

To do this I use a combination of microbiology and ecotoxicology methods and perform culturing, molecular microbiology, metagenomics and bioinformatics analyses. I work with a variety of governmental and industrial stakeholders to translate findings into impact on policy.

 

Research projects

Current Projects:

  • Development and validation of the first environmental risk assessment tool to protect against selection for antimicrobial resistance in situ (NERC Industrial Innovation Fellowship)
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Alliance: A new approach to AMR surveillance (University of Exeter and University of Queensland)
  • Selection for antimicrobial resistance in complex microbial communities (BBSRC/AstraZeneca CASE studentship) co-supervisor
  • Hotspots for selection of and transmission of antibiotic resistance in the terrestrial environment (University of Exeter and University of York)

Research grants

  • 2019 NERC
    Investigating selection for antimicrobial resistance by non-antibiotic drugs in freshwater microbial communities
  • 2019 BBSRC PhD Studentship
    Investigating selection and co-selection for antimicrobial resistance by pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of concern
  • 2019 Royal Society of Biology
    Raising awareness of antimicrobial resistance and One Health in Cornish Key Stage 4 students
  • 2018 QUEX Accelerator
    QUEX Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Alliance: A new approach to AMR surveillance
  • 2017 NERC Industrial
    Development and validation of the first environmental risk assessment tool to protect against selection for antimicrobial resistance in situ

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Murray AK, Zhang L, Yin X, Zhang T, Buckling A, Snape J, Gaze WH (2018). Novel insights into selection for antibiotic resistance in complex microbial communities. mBio, 9(4). Abstract.  Full text.
Murray AK, Lee J, Bendall R, Zhang L, Sunde M, Slettemeås JS, Gaze W, Page AJ, Vos M (2018). Staphylococcus cornubiensis sp. nov. a member of the staphylococcus intermedius group (SIG). International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 68(11), 3404-3408. Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Murray AK, Zhang L, Snape J, Gaze W (In Press). Comparing the selective and co-selective effects of different antimicrobials in bacterial communities. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents Full text.
Djenadi K, Zhang L, Murray AK, Gaze WH (2018). Carbapenem resistance in bacteria isolated from soil and water environments in Algeria. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance, 15, 262-267. Abstract.  Full text.
Leonard AFC, Zhang L, Balfour AJ, Garside R, Hawkey PM, Murray AK, Ukoumunne OC, Gaze WH (2018). Exposure to and colonisation by antibiotic-resistant E. coli in UK coastal water users: Environmental surveillance, exposure assessment, and epidemiological study (Beach Bum Survey). Environment International, 114, 326-333. Abstract.  Full text.
Murray AK, Zhang L, Yin X, Zhang T, Buckling A, Snape J, Gaze WH (2018). Novel insights into selection for antibiotic resistance in complex microbial communities. mBio, 9(4). Abstract.  Full text.
Murray AK, Lee J, Bendall R, Zhang L, Sunde M, Slettemeås JS, Gaze W, Page AJ, Vos M (2018). Staphylococcus cornubiensis sp. nov. a member of the staphylococcus intermedius group (SIG). International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 68(11), 3404-3408. Abstract.  Full text.
Lee J, Murray A, Bendall R, Gaze W, Zhang L, Vos M (2015). Improved detection of Staphylococcus intermedius group in a routine diagnostic laboratory. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 53(3), 961-963. Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Murray AK, Zhang L, Snape J, Gaze W (In Press). Comparing the selective and co-selective effects of different antimicrobials in bacterial communities. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents Full text.

2018

Djenadi K, Zhang L, Murray AK, Gaze WH (2018). Carbapenem resistance in bacteria isolated from soil and water environments in Algeria. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance, 15, 262-267. Abstract.  Full text.
Leonard AFC, Zhang L, Balfour AJ, Garside R, Hawkey PM, Murray AK, Ukoumunne OC, Gaze WH (2018). Exposure to and colonisation by antibiotic-resistant E. coli in UK coastal water users: Environmental surveillance, exposure assessment, and epidemiological study (Beach Bum Survey). Environment International, 114, 326-333. Abstract.  Full text.
Murray AK, Zhang L, Yin X, Zhang T, Buckling A, Snape J, Gaze WH (2018). Novel insights into selection for antibiotic resistance in complex microbial communities. mBio, 9(4). Abstract.  Full text.
Murray AK, Lee J, Bendall R, Zhang L, Sunde M, Slettemeås JS, Gaze W, Page AJ, Vos M (2018). Staphylococcus cornubiensis sp. nov. a member of the staphylococcus intermedius group (SIG). International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 68(11), 3404-3408. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Lee J, Murray A, Bendall R, Gaze W, Zhang L, Vos M (2015). Improved detection of Staphylococcus intermedius group in a routine diagnostic laboratory. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 53(3), 961-963. Abstract.  Full text.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards

  • 1st Place poster prize 2016 (British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy)
  • Leonard Broadbent Prize (University of Bath)
  • Eliahou Dangoor Scholarship (University of Bath)

Invited lectures

Selected Invited presentations:

  • Resolving Microbial Communities at Strain-Level Resolution, training course August 2018. “Antimicrobial resistance and metagenomics in understanding risk to human health and the environment.”
  • Kompetenzzentrum Mikroschadstoffe.NRW Symposium on Pharmaceuticals and Micro-pollutants in the water environment June 2018. ““Multi-resistant bacteria in the environment – UN Frontiers Project.”
  • BSAC Workshop for Antimicrobial Resistance Researchers December 2017. “Novel insights into selection for AMR across a large concentration range.”

Media Coverage

  • Coverage of publication describing new pathogenic species of bacteria Staphylococcus cornubiensis (BBC Devon & Cornwall Live, Daily Mail, Cornwall Live 11 & 12/09/18)
  • Coverage of publication on low levels of antibiotics and selection for resistance (Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, 24/07/18)

Teaching

Teaching responsibilities: (Undergraduate, Postgraduate)

Undergraduate teaching:

BMBS degree guest lecturer

 

Postgraduate teaching:

MSc Contemporary Environments and Human Health guest lecturer

 

Postgraduate supervision:

Isobel Stanton (BBSRC/ AstraZeneca CASE, co-supervisor)

Jo Glasson (MSc Contemporary Environments and Human Health)

Supervision / Group

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