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.
***IN THE NEWS***
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.
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.