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Mike White

Research Domain Director, Platform Sciences and Technologies

Professor Mike White was appointed as Research Domain Director for Platform Sciences and Technologies in August 2016.

He is a Professor of Systems Biology and was previously based in the Faculty of Life Sciences at Manchester.

Professor White began his career at Amersham International (1985-1995) in the areas of molecular biology products and technologies for studies of gene function. While working at Amersham, he was awarded a PhD from Imperial College London.

During this period he pioneered the use of the firefly luciferase gene as a reporter, particularly for non-invasive imaging in mammalian cells. In 1995, he was appointed to a lectureship at Liverpool University and to Professor at the beginning of 2004. At Liverpool, he founded the Centre for Cell Imaging (CCI), a suite of microscopy and imaging equipment, specifically designed for the non-invasive imaging of cellular processes.

In 2010, Professor White moved to The University of Manchester and established the Systems Microscopy Centre. The SMC incorporates state-of-the-art equipment for multi-photon and confocal microscopy plus high throughput luminescence and fluorescence imaging. The major overall interest of Professor White's group is to understand the relationship between signalling dynamics in specifying transcriptional control and cell fate.

In addition to his research activity, Professor White has extensive collaborations with industry (eg Hamamatsu and Zeiss) and has played a role in developing tools for public engagement science. In 2006, he led a multidisciplinary group that presented at the Royal Society Summer and Glasgow exhibitions and at Science Day at Buckingham Palace.