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Dr Nic Bury

Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences

Dr Nic Bury


T:+44(0)1473 338000

Dr Nic Bury's research interests are broad and includes aquatic toxicology, stress physiology and environmental monitoring. He supports the 3Rs (refinement, reduction and replacement) approach in animal research and part of his research includes the development of alternative test procedure for fish in toxicological studies.  He is the current convenor for the Endocrine group of The Society for Experimental Biology ( and is also a member of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry ( and The Fisheries Society of the British Isles (

Current research Interest
•    Ecotoxicology (metals, pharmaceuticals, microplastics)
•    Fish Physiology and adaptation to environmental pollution
•    In vitro systems to assess bioaccumulation of chemicals in fish
•    Evolution of the stress response system in vertebrates
•    Sensor networks for environmental monitoring

Selection of recent publication (see for full list):
Bury, N.R. (2017). The evolution, structure and function of the ray finned fish
(Actinopterygii) glucocorticoid receptors. General and Comparative Endocrinolgoy, in press
Sogbanmu, T.O., Nagy, E., Phillips, D.H., Arlt, V.M., Otitoloju, A.A., Bury N.R. (2016). Lagos lagoon sediment organic extracts and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons induce embryotoxic, tetatogenic and genotoxic effects in Danio rerio (zebrafish) embryos. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23, 14489-14501. 
Schnell, S., Stott, L.C., Hogstrand, C., Wood, C.M., Kelly, S.P., Part, P., Owen, S.F., Bury N.R. (2016). Procedures for the reconstruction, primary culture and experimental use of rainbow trout epithelia. Nature Protocols 11, 490-498.  
Khan, F.R., Syberg, K., Shashoua, Y., Bury N.R. (2015). Influence of polyethylene microplastic beads on the uptake and localization of silver in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Environmental Pollution 206, 73-79.
Miller, T.H., McEneff, G.L., Brown, R.J., Owen, S.F., Bury, N.R., Barron, L.P. (2015). Pharmaceuticals in the freshwater invertebrate, Gammarus pulex, determined using pulverised liquid extraction, solid phase extraction and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Science of the Total Environment 511, 153-60. 
Stott, L.C., Schnell, S., Hogstrand, C., Owen, S.F., Bury, N.R. (2015) A primary fish gill cell culture model to assess pharmaceutical uptake and efflux: Evidence for passive and facilitated transport. Aquatic Toxicology 159, 127-37.
Komjarova. I. Bury, N.R. (2014). Evidence of common cadmium and copper uptake routes in zebrafish Danio rerio. Environmental Science & Technology 48, 12946-12951. 
Minghetti, M., Schnell, S., Chadwick, M.A., Hogstrand, C., Bury, N.R. (2014). A primary FIsh Gill Cell System (FIGCS) for environmental monitoring of river waters. Aquatic Toxicology 154, 184-192. 
Uren Webster, T., Bury, N.R., van Aerle, R., Santos, E. (2013). Global transcriptome profiling reveals molecular mechanisms of metal tolerance in a chronically exposed wild population of brown trout. Environmental Science and Technology 47, 8869–8877