Glenn Thorlby



Dr Glenn Thorlby is a molecular biologist with specialised experience in gene discovery and functional genomics. Hisresearch is focused on molecular biochemistry and genetic engineering. His current role is leading the industrial biotechnology research programme aimed at using biological systems to produce useful chemicals from forest resources.


  • PhD (Plant Molecular Biology), University of London, London, UK - 1990
  • BSc (Hons) (Microbial Genetics), University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK - 1986

Research capabilities

  • Cloning and molecular biology
  • Functional genomics
  • Wide knowledge of the molecular biology, physiology, and biochemistry of plant biotic and abiotic stress tolerance
  • Extensive knowledge of HSNO Act in relation to GMO Field Test applications

Career highlights

  • Research Leader, Industrial Biotechnology, Scion (2011-present).
  • Project Leader, Royal Holloway, University of London (2003-2008).
  • Invited speaker, 7th International Plant Cold Hardiness Seminar (IPCHS), Sapporo, Japan, July 2004

Selected papers

Knight, H., Garton, S., Ülker, B., Gao, D., Thorlby, G. and Knight, M.R. (2009) “Identification of SFR6, a key component in cold acclimation acting post-translationally on CBF function.” Plant Journal. 8, 97-108.

Fourrier, N., Bédard, J., Lopez-Juez, E., Barbrook, A., Bowyer, J., Jarvis, P., Warren, G. and Thorlby, G. (2008) ”A role for SENSITIVE TO FREEZING2 in protecting chloroplasts against freeze induced damage in Arabidopsis.” Plant Journal, 55, 734-45.

Garton S., Knight H, Warren G, Knight M.R. and Thorlby G.J. (2007) “crinkled leaves 8, a mutation in the large sub-unit of ribonucleotide reductase leads to defects in leaf development and chloroplast division in Arabidopsis thaliana.” Plant Journal, 50, 118-127.

Garton S., Knight H., Warren G, Knight M.R. and Thorlby G.J. (2007) “Nucleotide
depletion and chloroplast division.” Plant Signaling and Behavior, 2, 3

Thorlby G.J., Fourrier N. and Warren G. (2004) “The SENSITIVE TO FREEZING2 Gene, Required for Freezing Tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana, Encodes a ß-Glucosidase.” Plant Cell, 16, 2192-2203.