Professor Martin Humphries

BBSRC Council member

Professor Martin Humphries is a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Council.

Martin is Professor of Biochemistry at The University of Manchester. He carried out postdoctoral research at the Howard University Cancer Center, Washington, D.C., US and at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, US.

In 1988, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship to return to Manchester.

In 1995, he progressed to a Principal Research Fellowship and co-founded the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, which he directed from 2000 to 2009.

From 2008 to 2016, he was Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Professor Humphries is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and The Royal Society of Biology, and a member of Academia Europaea.

He has served as Chair of the Biochemical Society and Vice-President of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

The long-term aim of the research conducted in his laboratory is to elucidate the mechanisms by which adhesion controls cell behaviour.

A current focus is the ternary connection between extracellular matrix rigidity, signals transduced by adhesion receptor-associated complexes and cell cycle progression.

Period of appointment: 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2025.

Last updated: 11 September 2023

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