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Professor Paul Denny


BSc (Hons), PhD

AffiliationRoom numberTelephone
Professor in the Department of Biosciences163+44 (0) 191 33 43983
Professor in the Department of ChemistryCG237+44 (0) 191 33 43983
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing 43983


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 Prof Ehmke Pohl and others)

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

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


Research interests

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Parasitology
  • Lipid Biochemistry

Research groups

Esteem Indicators

  • 2023: Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology: Elected January 2023
  • 2022: Topic Editor: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, section ;Parasite and Host

    ;Leishmania Genome Variability: Impacts on Parasite Evolution, Parasitism and Leishmaniases Control

  • 2018: Editorial Board Member, Parasitology (CUP):
  • 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

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Infectious diseases: Parasites that affect both humans and animals


Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Denny, P.W. (2016). Bacteria and protozoa, chemistry and biology discussed.

Supervision students