Senior Group Leader, Division of Parasitology
Francis Crick Institute
Mike Blackman was born in Stockport in the UK and obtained a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Leeds in 1981. He worked on interferon gamma in Alan Morris’ group at the University of Warwick, then moved to the Medical Research Council’s unit in The Gambia, West Africa. It was here that he developed his interest in the mechanistic basis of host cell invasion by the malaria parasite.
Mike returned to the UK in 1988 to study for a PhD in Tony Holder’s lab at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR). Following graduation, he stayed at NIMR, taking up a career track appointment and then being awarded tenure in 2000.
In 2017, Mike moved to the Francis Crick Institute as a Senior Group Leader. Mike also holds a position as Professor of Molecular Parasitology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.