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Durham University

Department of Biosciences


Dr Paul Denny, BSc (Hons), PhD

Associate Professor in the Department of Biosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43983
Room number: 163
Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry
Room number: CG237
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43983

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Protozoan parasites are the causative agents of a wide range of important human and animal diseases, including malaria. Current work in Paul's laboratory is focused on furthering the understanding of the role of lipid biosynthesis and membrane trafficking in host-pathogen interactions, with a view to elucidating protozoan specific activities amenable to therapeutic intervention. Previous to his appointment in 2004 Paul worked in research posts at Imperial College London and at the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research.

1. Protozoan sphingolipid biosynthesis (with Dr Ehmke Pohl and others)

2. Antileishmanial discovery (with Prof Patrick Steel and others)

3. Antileishmanial mode of action deconvolution (with GSK and others)


Research Groups

Department of Biosciences

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Research Interests

  • Cell Biology
  • Lipid Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Parasitology

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2018: Editorial Board Member, Parasitology (CUP): Term to 31 December 2020
  • 2018: Invited Presentation: CSIR-IICB TRUE, Kolkata, India
  • 2018: Invited Presentation: CSIR-CDRI, Lucknow, India
  • 2018: Key Note Address: CSIR-IICB, Jadavpur Campus, Kolkata, India
  • 2016: Elected Office: Honorary Treasurer of Council of British Society for Parasitology (2016-19)
  • 2013: Elected Office: Member of Council of British Society for Parasitology
  • 2013: Invited Review: The utility of yeast as a tool for cell-based, target-directed high-throughput screening, J.L. Norcliffe, E. Alvarez-Ruiz, J.J. Martin-Plaza, P.G. Steel, P.W. Denny
  • 2012: Guest Editor: Special edition of Biochemistry Research International: Lipid Metabolism as a Therapeutic Target
  • 2012: Presentation at International Meeting: Screening for inhibitors of the Leishmania IPC synthase, BSP-RSC Emerging Paradigms in Anti-Infective Drug Design, LSHTM London (September 2012)
  • 2011: Invited Presentation: Open Lab Foundation, Governing Board Meeting, GSK Tres Cantos, Madrid
  • 2011: Invited Seminar: Spingolipid synthesis and scavenging in the parasitic protozoa (June 2011), Institut für Virologie, Zentrum für Hygiene und Infektionsbiologie, Philipps-Universität Marburg


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