Dr Katherine Steele

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Crop Production

Contact info

Thoday Building room G5

Email: k.a.steele@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248 388655 (from U.K.)
+44 1248 388655 (International)

Contact Info

Thoday Building room G5

Email: k.a.steele@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248 388655 (from U.K.)
+44 1248 388655 (International)


Responsibilities within Bangor University

Director of Impact & Engagement for College of Environmental Science and Engineering

Member of Henfaes Research Centre Committee

Module organiser for Honours Projects and Plant Diversity and Conservation

Supervise Research Postrgraduates


My lab is focused on tackling global food security issues. We use genomics tools and in work in partnership with growers, breeders and industry to develop novel crop varieties for sustainable agriculture. Current projects use genetic diversity in wild relatives and landraces and analysis of quantitative traits to inform marker-assisted selection for trait improvement in economically important species.

KASP genomic selection: improving farmers' livelihoods through better rice varieties


I am the Bangor University PI on this Innovate UK DFID-funded project which has three partners from the UK (LGC Genomics, Bangor University, AgriEPIcentre) and four partners from South Asia (NARC, Anamolbiu Private Ltd. (APL), NIBGE and SKUAST).

The project aims to improve the efficiency of molecular breeding in rice by accelerating the uptake of KASP technology for application by breeders. An overall goal is to encourage large scale application of KASP in Genomic Selection (GS). 

Bangor University colleagues on this project are Prof. John Witcombe (leading Nepal breeding components) and Dr Mark Quinton-Tulloch (leading bioinformatics components). 

Teaching and Supervision

Current Postgraduate Research Supervised by Katherine Steele

Other Teaching

Module organiser for: DXX3701 and DXX2021

Contribute to a range of other modules including DXX1001, DXX2000, BNS 2002, BSM 4013


Before joining SENRGy as a lecturer, I worked in the department formerly known as the Centre for Arid Zone Studies (CAZS) as a Research Officer on research projects funded by the DFID Plant Sciences Research Programme.

PhD Project Opportunities


Identification of resistance to early blight (Alternaria) in tomato. Supervised by Dr Katherine Steele (Bangor University) and Dr David Shaw (Sarvari Research Trust) with company supervision and placement with Burpee Europe. To start as soon as a suitable candidate is found. To be eligible you must be a resident of the UK/EU and be able to move to a convergence area on registration.


Crop genetics – with emphasis on rice, barley, tomato, potato; Abiotic and Biotic stress resistance. Quantitative trait locus mapping, functional foods; sustainable food, fuel and fibre production.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2006 - Professional , Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education , Bangor University
  • 1998 - PhD , Molecular Plant Pathology
  • 1994 - MSc , Applied Genetics
  • 1993 - BSc , Biology

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