Dr Imogen Butcher

Lecturer in Biomedical Science

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School of Allied Health Sciences

Dr Imogen Butcher is a lecturer on the Biomedical Science and Bioscience degree courses. She is the module leader for L4 Introduction to Biomedical Science, L5 Medical Microbiology, L5 Microbial Organisms, L6 Haematology and Blood Transfusion and L6 Advanced skills in Biomedical Science.

Dr Imogen Butcher graduated in 2005 with a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Kent where she went on to obtain the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) professional Portfolio to qualify as a state registered/HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist whilst at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. After specialising in Haematology and Blood transfusion in her early career she undertook a PhD at  the University of Manchester Medical School titled  'Molecular and Metabolomic Mechanisms Affecting Growth in Children Born Small' which focused on post receptor signalling defects, cell cycle, metabolic and metabolomic profiling. This yielded a number of oral and poster presentations at national and international conferences.

Imogen then went on to continue her career in Biomedical Science by becoming a fellow of the institute of Biomedical Science and rising over the years to the position of Chief Biomedical Scientist managing a Transfusion laboratory. As a chief Biomedical Scientist Imogen focused on working with regulatory authorities to improve quality, and developing and championing workplace training for Biomedical Scientists. This led to her to move academia, to combine her research aspirations and passion for education.

Research Interests

  • Transfusion immunology
  • Patient Blood Management
  • Biomedical workplace and academic teaching methods
  • Paediatric and reproductive endocrinology
  • Metabolic Disease


  • Comparing short term, single module immersive teaching to standard length, multi module teaching in the life sciences
  • Evaluation of miRNA in rectifying abnormal PI3K/Akt signaling in Osteoarthritis models


Metabolites involved in glycolysis and amino acid metabolism are altered in short children born small for gestational age. 
Murray PG, Butcher I, Dunn WB, Stevens A, Perchard R, Hanson D, Whatmore A, Westwood M, Clayton PE. 
Pediatr Res. 2016 Aug;80(2):299-305. doi: 10.1038/pr.2016.72. Epub 2016 Apr 8. 

Insights into the pathophysiology of catch-up compared with non-catch-up growth in children born small for gestational age: an integrated analysis of metabolic and transcriptomic data. 
Stevens A, Bonshek C, Whatmore A, Butcher I, Hanson D, De Leonibus C, Shaikh G, Brown M, O'Shea E, Victor S, Powell P, Settle P, Padmakumar B, Tan A, Odeka E, Cooper C, Birch J, Shenoy A, Westwood M, Patel L, Dunn BW, Clayton P. 
Pharmacogenomics J. 2014 Aug;14(4):376-84. doi: 10.1038/tpj.2014.4. Epub 2014 Mar 11. 

Fellow of the institute of Biomedical Science