IMG_0577Welcome 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, the regulatory networks underlying the defence response, and novel bio-control strategies. We also use systems biology and genomic/transcriptomics to enhance breeding of key traits in leafy vegetable crops – for the UK and for smallholder farmers in the Global South.

Lab members have biological and/or computational backgrounds and work together to solve key questions on how plants respond to changing environmental conditions, and how we can breed or engineer improved varieties of leafy vegetables – whether to enhance disease resistance, nutritional content, yield under low input agricultural systems, or adapt varieties for new growing systems. 

We are located at the University of York in the Department of Biology within the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP). 

Come and join us!

We are currently recruiting for a fully-funded PhD research project in collaboration with Tozer Seeds.lettuce circle  The aim of the project is to elucidate conserved gene regulatory networks that drive plant immunity against fungal pathogens. The research will identify transcriptional regulators of the plant immune response, determine whether these regulators and their molecular function are conserved across multiple crop plants, and assess the potential of these regulators to enhance disease resistance and reduce crop loss.

The project is part of the White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme and is an iCASE studentship with an enhanced salary and company placement. 

Deadline January 8th 2023.  



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