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Dr

Catherine Butler

Senior Research Fellow Microbiologist
Melbourne Dental School
periodontal disease
biomarkers of health and disease
chronic disease
Alzheimer's disease
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
porphyromonas gingivalis
bacterial proteins
virulence
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Dr

Catherine Butler

 
Division
Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Examination of the oral microbiome in health and diseased states and the involvement of oral pathogens in chronic disease
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Dr

Catherine Butler

 

Catherine Butler has a background in microbiology and the molecular biology of bacteria. After initially working at the CSIRO Division of Animal Health on multivalent vaccines for cattle and sheep, she undertook her PhD through the University of Melbourne on the development of Mannheimia haemolytica, one of the causative agents of bovine shipping disease, as a live vaccine vector.

This work identified iron regulated outer membrane proteins as immunogenic targets for expression from the vaccine vector. Her interest in bacterial iron regulation and the bacterial requirement for iron in order to cause disease in the mammalian host, took her from working on pathogenic bacteria affecting animals to those affecting humans. She has worked in the Melbourne Dental School for several years, during which her research focus has shifted from elucidation of iron transport and genetic control mechanisms within the oral pathobiont Porphyromonas gingivalis, a causative agent of periodontal disease, to elucidation of the oral microbiome in states of health and disease. Her current research interests also include the role that oral bacteria play in chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis. Her research into oral bacteria was recognised by the Australian and New Zealand division of the International Association of Dental Research with the Oral Biology Award in 2016.

Projects

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Additional Information

Recipient of the F. A. Kernot Early to Mid-Career Research Grant 2019, for Identification of the fungal microbiota (mycobiome) associated with subgingival sites of non-resolving periodontitis and health.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 24 most recent scholarly works by Catherine Butler.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2016

Oral Biology Award

International Association for Dental Research ANZ Division

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Award

Credentials

Positions

Positions


Senior Research Fellow Microbiologist

Melbourne Dental School

Contributing

American Society of Microbiology

Member

International Association for Dental Research

Member

Australian Society for Microbiology

Education

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science

University of Melbourne

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