I am Professor of Public Engagement and Genetics at the University of Leicester and based in three different areas of the University: the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology, the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History as well as External Relations. . I am probably best known for having led the genetic analysis in the King Richard III case.
I also carry out a lot of media work including the BBC series DNA Family Secrets.
For the research side of my role I am interested in furthering interdisciplinary research combining the field of genetics with history archaeology anthropology forensics and epidemiology
Subdividing Y-chromosome haplogroup R1a1 reveals western-European-specific sub-haplogroups, including candidate 'Viking' dispersal lineages. European Journal of Human Genetics volume 29, pages512-523 (2021)
Predicting haplogroups using a versatile machine learning program (PredYMaLe) on a new mutationally well-balanced 32 Y-STR multiplex (CombYplex) (2020) Forensic Science International: Genetics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsigen.2020.102342
Evolution of human-animal relationships on the Silk Road: the earliest remains of Felis catus L. (1758). (2020) Nature: Scientific Reports. July 9, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-67798-6
Molecular insights into an ancient form of Paget disease of bone. PNAS May 21, 116 (21) DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1820556116
Reconciling evidence from ancient and contemporary genomes: A major source for the European Neolithic within Mediterranean Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI:10.1098/rspb.2016.1976
Large-scale recent expansion of European patrilineages shown by population resequencing. Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8152
Identification of the remains of King Richard III. Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6631.
Perimortem trauma in King Richard III: a skeletal analysis. The Lancet, 17 September, 2014, DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60804-7.
Press and media
genetics ancient DNA forensics ethics DNA fingerprinting genetic genealogy genealogy archaeology genetic testing
I am President of the Adelphi Genetics Forum
2020 President of the Adelphi Genetics Forum in London
2020 Member of the International Society of Forensic Geneticists
2019 Awarded the Milner Centre for Evolution Darwin Day Lecture
2019 Awarded the 50th Anniversary Wade Lecture for 2019, North Staffordshire Medical Institute
2019 Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
2018 Awarded the JBS Haldane Lecture by the Genetics Society
2018 Awarded the Joukowsky Lecture Series by the Archaeological Institute of America
2017 Awarded the East Midlands Womenâ€™s Award for Outstanding Woman in STEM
2017 Made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
2017 Made a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
2017 Made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
2016 Awarded the Irving K Barber Lecture, Vancouver Institute, Vancouver, Canada
2016 Awarded the Queenâ€™s Lecture, founded by Queen Elizabeth II as gift to Berlin
2016 Awarded the University of Leicester Presidentâ€™s Award
2016 Made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association
BAHons, University of Cambridge
MSc, University of Leicester
PhD, University of Leicester