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James Abbey, PhD

Assistant Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Dr. James Abbey is the international collaborations adviser and director of the Texas/UK Collaborative & International Collaboration at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom. In his role at Swansea University, Dr. Abbey helped establish the Center for NanoHealth at Swansea University. He is also one of the driving forces behind the Texas/UK Collaborative & International Collaboration, which involves a consortium of partnering institutions across the United Kingdom and Texas.

The Texas-United Kingdom Collaborative harnesses the collective experience and ambition of 10 universities and medical colleges in Texas and eight of the UK's top universities. Dr. Abbey also spearheaded the establishment of a joint Ph.D. training program between the Methodist Academy and Swansea University. This formal affiliation agreement will bring Ph.D. students to The Methodist Hospital Research Institute for translational research training. As an Affiliate Assistant Member of the Research Institute, Dr. Abbey facilitates the collaboration of investigators at Swansea University and Methodist, and is also responsible for the oversight of the joint predoctoral training program.

Description of Research

Dr. Abbey’s research interest are in collaborative medical discoveries and translation in the areas of biologics, nanotechnology, and chemistry; involvement in the research of open innovation systems and the affect of collaboration on the development of novel therapeutics; and design of a best-in-class, flexible, biopharmaceutical research, development, training, and production facility focused on hybrid and disposable technologies and equipment for rapid development and production of biopharmaceutical products.

Dr. Abbey’s research goal is to provide rapid, cost-effective, FDA-EMEA-MHRA-compliant, and scalable manufacturing facilities to enable an array of new products to enter both in vitro and in vivo clinical trials.

Areas Of Expertise

Nanotechnology Biologics Chemistry Therapeutics Preclinical studies
Education & Training

, University of North Texas
, University of Wales Swansea

Inter-endothelial transport of microvectors using cellular shuttles and tunneling nanotubes
Ferrati, S, Shamsudeen, S, Summers, HD, Rees, P, Abbey, JVA, Schmulen, J, Liu, X, Wong, STC, Bean, AJ, Ferrari, M & Serda, RE 2012, Small, vol 8, no. 20, pp. 3151-3160. DOI:

Vorsprung durch Technium: Towards a system of innovation in South-west Wales
Abbey, J, Davies, G & Mainwaring, L 2008, Regional Studies, vol 42, no. 2, pp. 281-293. DOI: