University of Aberdeen
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