Dr Scott Cameron

Interim Head of Division

School School of Science, Engineering and Technology

Department Division of Science

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+44 (0)1382 30 8530


Since June 2014 I have been working as a Teaching Fellow and now Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, teaching mostly to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Biomedical Science, Food Programmes, Forensic Sciences and Psychology and Forensic Biology students in the areas of fundamental biology and medical microbiology (particularly in the areas of microbial infection & diagnosis and antibiotic modes of action and mechanisms of resistance). I also teach bioinformatics to various levels and supervise a number of honours project students and supervise a number of postgraduate students undertaking their projects in the area of microbiology at Abertay. I am also the academic lead for the BMS Clinical Placements where student undertake an 18 week placement in an NHS laboratory and complete their Certificate of Competence to graduate as fully qualified Biomedical Scientists ready for registration.

My reserch background is in molecular microbiology and structural biology at Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, and I am involved in projects at Abertay looking at understanding the microbiology and antimicrobial resitance in environmental reservoirs, such as wild animals and wastewater treatment systems.


I am currently module leader for:

LSC101: Biology Principles and Practice

LSC253: Medical Microbiology and Immunology

LSC307: BMS Clinical Placement

ADH011: Access to Science and Technology


I currently teach on the following modules:

LSC101: Biology Principles and Practice

LSC253: Medical Microbiology and Immunology

LSC307: BMS Clinical Placement

ADH011: Access to Science and Technology


I have previously taught on the following modules:

BI0701A: Principles of Biology 1a; BI0702A Principles of Biology 1b; BI0707A  Biology 1a: Biology Principles and Practice; BI0804A Molecular & Cell Biology 2b: Cell Structure and Function; BI0806A Techniques and Skills 2b; BI0931G Human Disease; BI0936G Professional Skills for Medical and Molecular Biology; BI1005A Techniques and Skills 4: Project skills; BI1006A Honours Project; BI1008A BMS Honours Project; BI1009A Project Skills; BI1102A Analytical Biotechnology; BI1104A Biotechnology Case Review; FS0703A Foundations of Chemistry; FS0704A Chemobiology; HS0801A Human Physiology 2; HS0804A Medical Microbiology; HS0916A  Essential Pharmacology of Biomedical Sciences


I also have a pedagogical reserch interest in the area of online teaching and assessment and feedback, and the integration of problem-based and Enquiry-based learning into teaching.

My current research interests include the role of bacteria in the environment and its link to transmission of antimicrobial resistance genes in environment, and also the in silico modelling of proteins associated with various diseases.

My research background has developed from my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the area of medical and molecular microbiology. 

I completed my PhD thesis on the topic 'Fluoroquinolone and multi-drug resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii', where I developed an interest in antimicrobials, their use, resistance to them and targets for novel antibiotics.

This continued through several post-doctoral fellowships where I worked on bioinformatic analysis of protein sequence and structure, X-ray crystallography of potential targets for antibiotic development and latterly move this on to target validation in protazoan parasites.

This has given me extensive expereience in the following techniques:

Molecular biology: General molecular biology procedures including PCR, cloning, mutagenesis, Southern blotting.

Cell biology: Culture of clinical and laboratory bacteria for research analysis, and eukaryotes (Leishmania tarentolae and Dictyostelium discoidium) for protein expression. Culture and generation of conditional knockouts and RNA interference cell lines of Trypanosoma brucei.

Protein biochemistry: bacterial and eukaryotic expression, purification (affinity, IEX, SEC, RP HPLC), electrophoresis, western blotting, ITC.

Crystallography: Protein crystallisation, data collection and processing by SAD, molecular
replacement and structure refinement and deposition.

Bioinformatics: homology modelling of proteins associated with human disease to help direct research into those disease processes





De Rycker M., Hallyburton I., Thomas J., Campbell L., Wyllie S., Joshi D., Cameron S., Gilbert I.H., Wyatt P.G., Frearson  J.A., Fairlamb  A.H., Gray D.W. (2013). Antimicrob  Agents Chemother  Jul;57(7):2913-22.

Eadsforth, T.C., Cameron, S. and Hunter, W.N. (2011). Mol Biochem Parasitol 181(2):178-85.

Fyfe,  PK,  Dawson,  A, Hutchison,  MT,  Cameron,  S  and  Hunter,  WN  (2010).  Acta  Crystallogr  Sect  D. 66(8):881-8

Fyfe, PK, Rao, V, Zelma, A, Cameron, S and Hunter, WN (2009). Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 48(48):9176-9. Cameron,  S, Martini,  VP,  Iulek  J and  Hunter,  WN.  (2009).  Acta  Crystallogr  Sect  F Struct  Biol  Cryst Commun 65(5):450-4.

Overton, IM, van Nierkerk, CA, Carter, LG, Dawson, A, Martin, DM, Cameron, S, McMahon, SA, White, MF, Hunter, WN, Naismith, JH, Barton, GJ (2008). Nucleic Acids Research 36:W190-6.

Cameron, S, Fyffe, SA, Goldie, S and Hunter WN. (2008). Mol Biochem Parasitol Apr; 158(2):131-8.

Cameron,  S, McCluskey,  K Hammerschmidt,  F and Hunter,  WN (2005).  Proc Natl Acad Sci USA Oct; 102(40):14221-6.

Cameron, S, McCluskey, K Chamberlayne, R, Hallyburton I and Hunter, WN (2005). Acta Crystallogr Sect F Struct Biol Cryst Commun May; 61 (Pt 5):534-6.

Cameron, S, Diella, F, Gemund, C, Linding R, Via, A, Kuster, B, Sicheritz-Ponzen,  T, Blom N, and Gibson, T.J. (2004). BMC Bioinformatics Jun;5:79.

Puntervoll,  P., Linding, R., Gemund, C., Chabanis-Davidson,  S., Mattingsdal,  M., Cameron, S et al. (2003). Nucleic Acids Res. 2003; 31(13):3625-30.

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I am the Scottish Baccalaureate Academic Co-ordinator at Abertay where I co-ordinate the academic advisors for the Scottish Baccalaureate Interdisiplinary Project with Dundee City Council Department of Education and a number of local High Schools.


I am  STEM Ambassador, and have been involved many outreach activities with school age children and the local community. This includes Space School, bringing p4-5 school children into school for hands on activities to support their science studies, and Dundee Science Festival.

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