Mike Birkett

SCIENCE

Dr MIKE BIRKETT

Principal Chemical Ecologist

Biological / Organic Chemist

Biointeractions and Crop Protection

BIOGRAPHY

Mike is a biological / organic chemist with more than 27 years’ experience in the chemical ecology of pest-host interactions. He currently leads research on ecology-inspired solutions for next generation pest management, with his group providing a core of expertise in biological and organic chemistry, chemical ecology, microbiomes, plant signalling and biological control.

Mike was instrumental in leading the formulation and testing of hypotheses relating to the role of pheromones and other chemical signals affecting insect pest and natural enemy behaviour, early onset of pest status in crop plants and emission of plant defence signalling, the role of lipid-derived, small lipophilic molecule elicitors of plant defence, the production of novel pheromones and other chemical signals by sustainable routes, and the ecological basis of ectoparasite repellency in vertebrates.

Mike is dedicated to delivering social and economic impact from his groups research and is actively involved in agribusiness and stakeholder engagement to ensure that new ecology-inspired interventions for pest management are being developed.

Mike is also committed to exploring potential commercialisation opportunities from his research, and together with colleagues at Rothamsted Research, in 2020 he co-founded PheroSyn, a spin-out company, with the aim of exploiting outputs from his groups research.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
mike.birkett@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 (0) 1582 938205

      ADDRESS:

      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

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        QUALIFICATIONS

        1994 - PhD Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Novel Aspects of Benzyne Chemistry, University of Nottingham, UK

        1990 - BSc Biochemistry & Biological Chemistry, (2:1 Honours), University of Nottingham, UK

        MEASURES OF ESTEEM

        Member of the BBSRC Pool of Experts

        Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

        Chartered Chemist, Royal Society of Chemistry

        Member of the American Chemical Society, the Phytochemical Society of Europe, The International Society for Chemical Ecology, The Latin American Association of Chemical Ecology

        Editorial Board, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (Review Editor for Chemical Ecology) and Chemistry Central Journal (Founding Editor)

        Referee for a range of journals and grant-awarding bodies

        Supervisor for UK and overseas PhD students

        Conference convener and scientific programme committee member

        External PhD examiner for UK and overseas Universities Plenary

        Keynote speaker at UK and overseas conferences