University of Aberdeen
Pronouns She/Her/Hers
Current Position Lecturer
Previous Position Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Earth Systems, Environmental Management
Methods I Use 'in vivo' experiments, Developmental Biology, Imaging, Molecular Biology, Omics and Informatics

Key Research Interests

Research lab website:

  • Evolution and development of marine skeletons (biomineralisation)
  • Adaptation to climate change – primarily in marine systems
  • Evo-Devo
  • Organismal biology in the context of varying environmental conditions (temp., pH, oxygen, pollution)
  • Functional genomics – transcriptomics, gene network analyses and proteomics in “non-model”/environmental/ecological organisms

Recent Key Papers

  • Sleight et al. (2020) Computationally predicted gene regulatory networks in molluscan biomineralization identify extracellular matrix production and ion transportation pathways – Bioinformatics
  • Sleight and Gillis (2020) Embryonic origin and serial homology of gill arches and paired fins in the skate (Leucoraja erinacea) – eLife
  • Sleight et al. (2016) An Antarctic molluscan biomineralisation tool-kit – Scientific Reports