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The Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biophysics enjoys a long-standing international reputation and is part of Glasgow University’s Institute for Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology.

We are one of a small number of sites worldwide pushing the frontiers of scientific knowledge in plant membrane biophysics, cellular signalling, and genome profiling.

Our research centres on topics of cell signalling, membranes and stress physiology in plants. We have a strong tradition of expertise in electrophysiology, fluorescence imaging, protein biochemistry, molecular biology and ‘omics’ technologies. Our interests include regulation of cell volume and turgor for cell expansion, sense and response to environmental signals, and the development of epigenetic memory.

… These are questions that sit at the very heart of cell and organismal biology and continue to challenge our thinking.

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RESEARCH

The Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biophysics enjoys a long-standing international reputation and is part of Glasgow University’s Institute for Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology.

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RESOURCES

We offer material resources of broad interest to the scientific community, including vectors and markers for plant and yeast transformation, as well as specialist seed lines.

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SOFTWARE

We continue to address specialist needs with the development of industrially robust software packages for electrophysiology, imaging, biometrics and systems biology.

***IN THE NEWS***

August 2015

Membrane Traffic

Mike’s group is delighted to announce a remarkable new perspective on the relations between membrane traffic and ion transport. The finding – that vesicle traffic commandeers Kv channel voltage sensors to regulate secretion – lifts the lid on the century-old question of how plants coordinate turgor and volume during cell expansion. This study is the culmination of five years of research and appeared as the cover article in Nature Plants this month. Read about it in the commentary by Huisman and Bisseling.

March 2015

Congratulations

Congratulations to Ben Zhang for completing his PhD. Ben will shortly take up a postdoctoral research position within Mike Blatt’s group and will continue his work on ion channels and vesicle traffic. The laboratory also welcomes Carla Minguet who joins the group as a postdoctoral research associate to work on synthetic biological approaches to improving carbon capture and water use efficiency in plants.

February 2015

Next-Generation

The laboratory announces the installation of a next-generation confocal microscope with facilities for fluorescence lifetime measurement and extended molecule detection. The microscope will underpin research by members of the Plant Science Group housed in the Bower Building as well as supporting the Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology.
January 2015

Fresh Faces

The laboratory welcomes Louise Henderson who joins Mike Blatt’s group as a BBSRC-funded research technician. Congratulations to PhD student Maria Papanatsiou who departs the laboratory for a postdoctoral research associateship with Prof. John Christie. Maria breezed through her viva, with one manuscript now accepted for publication and a second shortly to be submitted. Well done!