Mike Blatt, Regius Professor
Mike’s research centres on the cell biology and biophysics of membranes, especially in relation to ion channels, their regulation and trafficking, and on stomatal guard cells and plant water relations. He continues to work at the bench along side members of his research group.
Mike Blatt studied at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he received a dual BSci with honours in Botany and Biochemistry. He obtained a PhD from Stanford University in 1981, completing his doctorate thesis on signalling and intracellular motility while working in the Plant Biology Department of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Part of his studies were completed at the University of Nürnberg while a Fullbright-Hays Graduate Fellow. Mike worked on ion transport in the fungus Neurospora while an NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University Medical School and moved to England in 1983 as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow where he pursued interests in membrane transport and signalling in stomatal guard cells at what was then the Botany School of the University of Cambridge.
He held positions of Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Plant Cell Biology at the University of London, Wye College, and subsequently at Imperial College London. He was elected to the Regius Chair of Botany at Glasgow University in 2001 and to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2003. He is a Fellow of the James Hutton Institute and the Royal Society of Biology (UK), a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (USA), he holds an Adjuct Professorship at Pennsylvania State University, and has served on various editorial boards and panels, including those of the BBSRC (UK), CONICYT (Chile), and NASA (USA). He is Editor-in-Chief of the premier international journal Plant Physiology.
He continues to work at the bench along side members of his research group.