Dr Aimee Murray
Environment and Sustainability Institute 1.14
Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK
Dr Aimee Murray is a Senior Lecturer of Microbiology researching the evolution and ecology of antimicrobial resistance, particularly in the environment. Using interdisciplinary approaches spanning microbiology, ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment, Aimee's research has real world impact on the protection of human health and the environment.
Through a longstanding collaboration with industrial partner AstraZeneca and contacts at Defra and the Environment Agency, Aimee's research on minimal selective concentrations of antibiotics is of interest to policy makers and industry at the national and international level. She has presented her research to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics alongside University of Exeter colleagues with the aim to generate amendments to the Environment Bill. Her research was reviewed during the prioritisation process to include antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance in the EU Commission's Water Framework Directive Watch List. She has also been consulted by the United Nations Environment Programme as an expert on environmental risk assessment of antimicrobial resistance. Authored and co-authored papers have been cited by the UK Government, Environment Agency, Joint Programming Initiative on AMR, Food and Agricultural Organisation, World Health Organisation, and the United Nations Environment Programme. She is currently an elected Ordinary Member and trustee for the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC).
Aimee is based in Cornwall at the Environment & Sustainbility Institue and European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Penryn.
- Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 2020
- ASPIRE Associate Fellowship, 2019
- PhD Medical Sciences, University of Exeter 2017
- BSc Biology, 1st Class Hons, University of Bath 2013
Aimee was awarded the Eliahou Dangoor Scholarship and Leonard Broadbent Prize at the University of Bath, where she graduated with 1st Class Honours in 2013.
Aimee joined the European Centre for Environment in Human Health (ECEHH) in 2013 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 an assay which can generate data on selection for antimicrobial resistance and be used for environmental risk assessment.
She commenced her lectureship at the University of Exeter summer 2021 and has since secured a NERC New Investigator grant. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer at the beginning of 2023.
Research group links
- Evolution and selection of antimicrobial resistance at low concentrations of antimicrobials
- Environmental risk assessment of antimicrobial resistance
- Co-selection for antimicrobial resistance by biocides, pharmaceuticals and plant protection products
- Antimicrobial resistance and microplastics
- Exploring understudied aspects of AMR evolution to improve environmental pollution policy (NERC New Investigator)
- BlueAdapt (Horizons Europe)
- Developing a conceptual framework to improve understanding of AMR in livestock systems: translating research into policy and practice (BBSRC UK-Argentina Joint call on AMR)
- Investigating selection for antimicrobial resistance by non-antibiotic drugs in freshwater microbial communities (NERC FRESH CDT/AstraZeneca PhD)
- Investigating selection and co-selection for antimicrobial resistance by plant protection products and other contaminants of concern (BBSRC/AstraZeneca CTP PhD)
- Microplastics as vectors of antimicrobial resistance in aquatic systems (Exeter/PML/Philanthropic PhD)
- Potential co-selection for antimicrobial resistance by biocides used in shale gas extraction (NBAF Pilot grant)
- Development and validation of the first environmental risk assessment tool to protect against selection for antimicrobial resistance in situ (NERC Industrial Innovation Fellowship)
- Understanding agricultural azole use, impacts on local water bodies and AMR: building an interdisciplinary evidence base in Devon and Bristol (Cabot Institute)
- Environment Agency consultancy and contract research on minimal selctive concentrations of antibiotics, antifungals and biocides.
- Raising awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance in Key Stage 4 Cornish students (Royal Society of Biology)
- Hotspots for selection of and transmission of antibiotic resistance in the terrestrial environment (NERC, University of York)
- Exploring antibiotic use practices in livestock production through a novel, game-based approach; GAMR (GW4 AMR Crucible)
- Scoping review into environmental selection for antifungal resistance and testing methodology (Environment Agency)
- Water Security Alliance Board Member
- GW4 AMR Network member
- ECEHH ECR rep
- PHSS/ FHLS WICC representative
- 2022 NERC New Investigator Grant
Exploring understudied aspects of AMR evolution to improve environmental pollution policy
- 2022 Environment Agency
Development of experimental approaches for determining selection concentrations for antifungals
- 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
- 2019 BBSRC
BBSRC UK-Argentina Joint Call on AMR
- 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
External Engagement and Impact
- 1st Place poster prize 2016 (British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy)
- Leonard Broadbent Prize (University of Bath)
- Eliahou Dangoor Scholarship (University of Bath)
- Ordinary Member for One Health and Trustee for the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (2022 - current)
- Associate Editor for npj Antimicrobials & Resistance (2022 - current)
- Expert Consulation at House of Lords, for the 'Green Pills Bill', February 2023.
- AMR Industry Alliance Jan 2021.
- All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics meeting, Nov 24th 2020. “Antibiotic residues in sewage and agricultural run-off: can we determine safe thresholds to combat deadly superbugs?”
- EHMA conference invited panel member 2020. “Environmental Sustainability in the Health Care Sector: A shared ambition and collective efforts”.
- WSA Alliance webinar: “AMR in water systems.” 20th November, 2020.
- Cefas AMR Reference Centre 2019. “A novel method to determine effect concentrations of antibiotics that select for antibiotic resistance.”
- Better thresholds of antibiotics in the environment needed (Times, Times Radio, Daily Mail, MSN, 2020)
- New pathogenic species of bacteria Staphylococcus cornubiensis (BBC Devon & Cornwall Live, Daily Mail, Cornwall Live 2018)
- Low levels of antibiotics and selection for resistance (Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, 2018)
- "Antimicrobial resistance and environmental pollution - what is the link?" BMBS GPH SSU and R SSU
- Environment and Human Health MSc
- Pathogen Evolution MSC
Cotinuing Professional Development courses
- A One Health Perspective on Antimicrobial Resistance
Supervision / Group
- Pooja Lakhey
- Leah Clarke UQ-Exeter PhD
- April Hayes NERC FRESH CDT PhD with AstraZeneca CASE support
- Laura Murray BBSRC/ AstraZeneca iCASE PhD
- Emma Rossiter
- Emily Stevenson CMH/CLES/PML/Philanthropic PhD
- Suzanne Kay
- Joanne Glasson MSci Dissertation
- Isobel Stanton BBSRC PhD student co-supervisor
- Emily Stevenson MSci Dissertation, Research Technician