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Professor Nic Bury

Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Associate Dean for Research


Professor Nic Bury


T:+44 (0)1473 38830

School of (EAST) Engineering, Arts, Science & Technology

Professor Nic Bury's research interests are primarily covered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 14 and 15 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 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)

•    Cell culture systems to assess bioaccumulation of chemicals in fish and replacement in fish toxicity tests

•    Use of Artificial Intelligence in predictive toxicology.

•    Use of the UN SDGs for a sustainable future.

•    Sensor networks for environmental monitoring


Selection of recent publication:

Chang, E.D., Owen, S.F., Hogstrand, C., Bury, N.R. 2021. The effect of water pH on the uptake of acidic (ibuprofen) and basic (propranolol) drugs in a fish gill cell culture model. Environmental Science and Technology, accepted.

Miller, TH., Ng, K.T., Lamphiere, A., Cameron, T.C., Bury, N.R., Barron, L.P. 2021 Multicompartment and cross-species monitoring of emerging contaminants in an estuarine habitat. Environmental Pollution, 270, 116300.

Muraina, I.A., Bury, N.R., Scott, A., Graham, A., Hogstrand, C. 2020. The zebrafish Znt1a(sa17) mutant reveals roles of zinc transporter-1a in embryonic development. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology. 60, 126496.

Miller, T.H., Ng, K.T., Bury, S.T., Bury, S.E., Bury, N.R., Barron, L.P. 2019 Biomonitoring of pesticides, pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs in a freshwater invertebrate to estimate toxic or effect pressure. Environ Int. 129:595-606. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.04.038.

Lavelle, A.M., Bury, N.R., O'Shea, F.T., Chadwick, M.A. 2019Influence of urban river restoration on nitrogen dynamics at the sediment-water interface. PLoS One. 14(3):e0212690. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212690.

Bussolaro, D., Wright, S.L., Schnell, S., Schirmer, K., Bury, N.R., Arlt, V.M. 2019.Co-exposure to polystyrene plastic beads and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon contaminants in fish gill (RTgill-W1) and intestinal (RTgutGC) epithelial cells derived from rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Environmental Pollution. 248:706-714. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.02.066.

Chang, E.D., Hogstrand, C., Miller, T.H., Owen, S.F., Bury, N.R. 2019. The use of molecular descriptors to model pharmaceutical uptake by a fish primary gill cell culture epithelium. Environmental Science and Technology, 53, 1576 – 1584 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b04394.