Dr Mike Deeks
Senior Lecturer in Plant Biology


I am a cell biologist with an interest in cell polarity; specifically the way plant cells respond to spatial information to guide their immune responses.

The cells of complex plants have an acute awareness of the events occurring immediately beyond their walls and make spatially precise responses to any perceived threat. Potentially pathogenic microbes cause plant defences to focus within a few square microns of the plant cell surface. This process can be summarised as ‘pathogen-oriented cell polarisation‘. The response is effective against most microbes but successful pathogens evade these counter-measures to establish infection.

My group aims to understand how multiple cell processes are co-ordinated as a system to achieve this important response that underpins the plant immune system.


1998 - 2001 University of Leeds. PhD Genetics.
1995 - 1998 University of Leeds. B.Sc. Hons. Genetics.


7/98 - 9/98 Research Assistant, John Innes Institute, Norwich.
10/01 - 6/13 Senior Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham University.
7/13 - Present Lecturer in Plant Biology, Department of Biosciences, University of Exeter.

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