Posted on 16 June 2003
Dianna moved to the Department of Biology at York from the University of Leeds in 1994, to establish the Plant Laboratory, and went on to design CNAP as a new centre at the interface of fundamental and strategic research.
Her research interests focus on plant biology, particularly the responses of plants to stress, and the structure and function of proteins involved in stress perception and protection.
Dianna has wider interests in agriculture, serving on the Council of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the BBC Rural Affairs Committee. She is Chair of the Trustees of the Sheep Trust, a charity founded from the Heritage GeneBank - the organisation she established during the Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic of 2001 to protect sheep breeds at threat of extinction.