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. We also use systems biology and genomic/transcriptomics to enhance breeding of disease resistance in crops.
Lab 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.
- We are recruiting a PhD student to work on a collaborative project with A L Tozer Ltd and Dr John Clarkson on “Gene editing and molecular breeding for fungal disease resistance in lettuce” starting in Oct 2019. This iCASE 4-year studentship is aligned to the BBSRC White Rose Mechanistic Biology DTP, has a salary supplement of £800, additional consumable funds and a 3 month placement at A L Tozer Ltd. See FindaPhD for more details and to apply.
- We are always interested in hearing from graduates who are self-funded and wish to pursue a PhD. Please also see Join Us for details of projects in my lab and funding opportunities.
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