Professor Turi King
Professor of Public Engagement and Genetics
School/Department: Genetics and Genome Biology, Department of
Telephone: +44 (0)116 229 7840
Turi King is Professor of Public Engagement and Genetics at the University of Leicester, based in three different areas of the University: the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology, the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, and External Relations.
Professor King carries out a lot of media work including the BBC series DNA Family Secrets, and is best known for having led the genetic analysis in the King Richard III case.
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
- Ancient DNA forensics
- DNA fingerprinting
- Genetic genealogy
- Genetic testing
- 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 Best practice award from International Women's Day Campaign for leading an event for IWD.
- 2019 Awarded the 50th Anniversary Wade Lecture for 2019, North Staffordshire Medical Institute
- 2019 Presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in Japan
- 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 Women'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 Queen's Lecture, founded by Queen Elizabeth II as gift to Berlin
- 2016 Awarded the University of Leicester President's Award
- 2016 Made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association
MSc, University of Leicester
PhD, University of Leicester