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.


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.

Former Lab Members still in the world of science