Dr Catherine Lilley


After graduating with a degree in Botany I completed a PhD at the University of Durham in 1991, investigating how inducible gene expression in Agrobacterium could be harnessed to deliver plant protection in the rhizosphere.

A postdoctoral position working on regulation of seed storage proteins in oilseed rape was followed in 1994 by a move to the University of Leeds, where I joined the Plant Nematology Group, working with Prof Howard Atkinson.

I still work within the Plant Nematology Group, which is now led by Prof Urwin, as a postdoctoral researcher. During my time at Leeds I have been involved in a wide range of research projects with many collaborators and have witnessed the huge progress that has been made in the understanding of plant-nematode interactions and nematode genomics.



<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, Heterologous expression from Agrobacterium virulence promoters, University of Durham
  • BSc, Botany, University of Durham

Professional memberships

  • European Society of Nematologists
  • Association of Applied Biologists