Katherine Denby
Katherine obtained her D.Phil from Oxford University for work on metabolic regulation of gene expression. During postdoctoral training with Dr Rob Last at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University she investigated regulation of the KDtryptophan biosynthetic pathway. Through coordinated expression of this pathway during pathogen infection Katherine became interested in plant defence and unraveling how transcriptional reprogramming is controlled. Katherine was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa before moving to the University of Warwick in 2006 where she began using computational and mathematical tools to understand plant disease resistance. Katherine moved to the University of York in 2016 where she is also Academic Director of the N8 AgriFood programme.

lesley_foster_lLennie Foster

Lennie is a Systems Biology PhD student investigating alternative splicing of plant transcripts after B. cinerea infection. She is analysing genome-wide RNAseq data sets and investigating the role of a receptor-like kinase in defence.

076880eClaire Stoker    @Claire_Stoker1

Claire is a PhD student on the Midlands Integrative Bioscience Training Partnership who is investigating the basis of enhanced resistance against B. cinerea after inoculation at dawn compared to night. Claire is co-supervised by Sascha Ott.



Dr Sarah Harvey           @sarah_harvey88

Sarah is a postdoctoral fellow in the group working on non-host resistance. Along with colleagues at the University of Dundee (Prof. Paul Birch group) Sarah is investigating whether pathogen effector specificity and function underlies nonhost resistance in plants.



AdamAdam Talbot

Adam is a postdoc working on a HAPI project to identify disease resistance against necrotrophic pathogens in lettuce. This project is a collaboration with colleagues at Warwick University, Harper Adams University, A. L. Tozer, Freshtime Ltd., Reading University, and AHDB Horticulture.



8a637c955d26cdcfc21c55a2fd5590b2_400x400Steph Kancy   @LeafySteph

Steph is a PhD student on the Midlands Integrative Bioscience Training Partnership who is investigating the importance of chromatin remodelling in the plant defence response. I co-supervise Steph with Vardis Ntoukakis.


elspethElspeth Ransom @elleransom

Elspeth is a PhD student on the MIBTP programme who is using a systems biology approach to investigate lettuce defence against the fungal pathogen, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. She is co-supervised by John Clarkson.

mauraMaura Di Martino

Maura is a PhD student on the Midlands Integrative Bioscience Training Partnership who is identifying key transcription factors in the plant defense response against B. cinerea and how transcription factors act in a combinatorial manner to regulate gene expression.


Iulia Gherman

Iulia is a Synthetic Biology PhD student. She is investigating transcriptional networks that underly Arabidopsis biotic stress responses and strategies to enhance these stress responses using an interdisciplinary approach.


DSCF3384Josie Brough

Josie is an experienced plant science technician who has joined the Denby group to work on a project investigating disease resistance against necrotrophic fungal pathogens in lettuce.

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