Mike Roberts mug shotWelcome to my web pages. In them, you can find out about me, my lab, and the research that we perform within the Lancaster Environment Centre.

The Group

sampleI am involved in the supervision of several funded research projects which include technical staff, post-doctoral research associates and PhD students.

Follow the 'People' menu for more information.

Our Research

sampleOur research is centred around understanding plant responses to stress. I have a strong interest in understanding the fundamental processes underlying plant resistance against environmental stress, but also in applying this knowledge to crop protection solutions.

Mike Roberts' Plant Stress Biology Group

leaf Welcome to my new website, which has undergone a major upgrade for 2013. Not all pages are up and running yet, but I decided I couldn't wait any longer to replace my old web pages, which were very out of date. Some of the old stuff - my now defunct work on 14-3-3 proteins - are still here in their original state. I won't be doing any updates on them, but the rest is all new.

News - new grant funding

NewsWe have just been awarded a 3 year research grant by the BBSRC to study the epigenetic basis of transgenerational immune priming in plants. The project is a collaboration with Jurriaan Ton's group in Sheffield. PhD level researchers with experience in epigenetics who might be interested in job opportunities are free to contact me informally for information or go to the Vacancies page to see the full job advertisment.


The Roberts group contributes to the Plant and Crop Science research area within our home Department, the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC).

plant methods logoPlant MethodsMike is Deputy Editor for the Open Access journal, Plant Methods, which he helped to co-found along with Editor-in-Chief, Brian Forde. We publish a range of articles describing the development and application of new techniques for the plant sciences.