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Welcome to the Denby Lab. We are interested in plant disease resistance and using systems and synthetic biology approaches to unravel how plants respond to pathogen infection, and the regulatory networks underlying the defence response.

IMG_0577Lab members have biological, computational and/or mathematical backgrounds and work together to solve key questions on how plants respond to changing environmental conditions, and how we can breed or engineer plants with enhanced tolerance to environmental stress and disease resistance.

We are located at the University of York in the Department of Biology within the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP). Katherine is also Academic Director of the N8 AgriFood programme. This exciting multidisciplinary research programme across the N8 universities is working to transform food security research in the UK and deliver sustainable, healthy food supply nationally and internationally.

NEW – I am recruiting for a Sainsbury Plant Science PhD studentship. These competitive studentships offer generous funding and excellent training for top-class students to pursue PhD research. I am looking for students keen to develop proposals under the general title “Tricking plant pathogens: exploiting pathogen effectors to develop durable disease resistance“.  If you are interested in applying, please contact me asap to discuss potential projects.



We are always interested in applicants for PhD positions who have their own funding.  See Join Us for details of projects in my lab and funding opportunities.




Contact details

Prof. Katherine Denby, Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD, UK.

email: katherine.denby (at) york.ac.uk

+44 (0)1904 328760

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