Research Group Leader and Professor of Plant Nutrition
Anna is an internationally recognized expert in the molecular mechanisms.
Anna Amtmann is an internationally recognized expert in the molecular mechanisms that enable plants to adapt to mineral nutrient deficiency, salinity and drought. She obtained her PhD from the University of Göttingen in Germany and worked as postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Dale Sanders, then at the University of York, UK, before taking up a Lecturership at the University of Glasgow in 2001. Anna’s research is holistic, addressing questions relating to ion transport, metabolism, transcriptional regulation and epigenetics across scales, employing technologies such as patch clamping, confocal microscopy, microarrays, and next-generation sequencing.
While Arabidopsis thaliana and its related wild halophytes are preferred experimental systems in her laboratory, fundamental findings from these model plants are being translated into crops in collaboration with the James Hutton Institute, the John Innes Centre and industry, including Bayer CropScience. Current research projects investigate opportunities to improve plant growth and drought tolerance through epigenetic engineering, to increase pest resistance in oilseed rape, to use synthetic biology to desalinate water and to discover the genes that adjust root architecture to mineral nutrient supply.
Anna has served as coordinator and chair of numerous scientific and professional meetings, including Gordon Research Conferences on Salt and Water Stress in Plants; she is Associate Editor for Plant Physiology and for Plant, Cell & Environment; and she is a member of the steering committee of the BBSRC Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC).