Dr Turi King
Lecturer in Genetics and Archaeology
Funded by the University of Leicester
Funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys
Research Fellow: The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain (one day/week)
Funded by the Leverhulme Trust
Building: Department of Genetics, Adrian Building
Telephone: lab internal 3377, external (lab) +44 (0)116 252 3377 (office) +44 (0)116 229 7840
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3378
Email: tek2 at le.ac.uk
I became interested in how the discipline of genetics can be married with those of archaeology, anthropology and history while studying biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge. This interest in interdisciplinary research took me on to the University of Leicester to study for a Masters degree in molecular genetics and where I had the good fortune of carrying out my research project in Professor Mark Jobling's lab characterizing two Y chromosome polymorphisms. I was hooked!
I am fascinated by the relationship between Y chromosome types and paternally inherited surnames. While my doctoral research examined the link between surname and Y chromosome type in Britain, my current research explores this relationship further and how it can find an application in the fields of genealogy, forensics, population history.
I am interested in furthering interdisciplinary research combining the field of genetics with history, archaeology, anthropology, forensics and epidemiology: using other genetic markers (such as mitochondrial and autosomal DNA), in combination with the Y chromosome, to elucidate past migration and population structure; the social impact of genetic genealogy testing and how the results of these tests can affect a person's perception of their identity; exploring the potential differences between differing classes of surnames in Britain and the link between Y chromosome type and paternally inherited surnames in other parts of the world.
I am now also including an ancient DNA strand into my work.
- The University of Leicester Richard III project : This genetic research for this project is ongoing and, as is standard practice with genetic research, will be published in full when completed.
- The King's DNA: whole genome sequencing of Richard III. This project is funded by The Leverhulme Trust, The Wellcome Trust and Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys
- I am a Research Fellow (1 day/week) continuing my work on The genetic legacy of the Vikings in the North of England project as part of the The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain
- The British Romany Genetic Ancestry Project (PhD Student: Matt Sears)
- What's in a Name? Applying patrilineal surnames to forensics, population history and genetic epidemiology
- Roots of the British: histories, genetics and the peopling of Britain
- Halogen: History, Archaeology, Linguistics, Onomastics and GENetics
- The Irish Surnames Project
- The genetic legacy of the Vikings in the Wirral and West Lancashire. This was a small pilot project testing the use of surname-based sampling as a way to examine the genetic legacy of the Vikings in this area of England.
- Bowden, G.R., Balaresque, P., King, T.E., Hansen, Z., Lee, A.C., Pergl-Wilson, G., Hurley, E., Roberts, S.J., Waite, P., Jesch, J., Jones, A.L., Thomas, M.G., Harding, S.E. and Jobling, M.A. (2008) Mol. Biol. Evol. 25(2) 301-309. Excavating past population structures by surname-based sampling: the genetic legacy of the Vikings in northwest England.
The relationship between British surnames and Y-chromosomal haplotypes
- The Social Impact of DNA testing: This is a sociology study being carried out by Wendy Roth at the University of British Columbia about how getting information about your ancestry from genetic tests may affect your identity, attitudes, or activities. It consists of an online survey that should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. If you would like to participate, please click here.
- People of the British Isles project
The relationship between British surnames and Y-chromosomal haplotypes
Media and Outreach
I am passionate about communicating science to the public. I have advised/contributed/appeared in a number of television and radio series including Michael Wood's Great British Story and The Story of England, Who Do You Think You Are?, Vikings, Gatwick Baby: Abandoned at Birth and Material World as well as documentaries for Discovery Channel, Global Television and Channel 4. I have done numerous interviews for television (BBC national and local stations, Sky, ITV, CNN, Global), radio (BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC World Service, BBC Radio Leicester) and press about my work on the link between surnames and genetics as well as genetic ancestry testing. I appeard in two documentaries as part of the Richard II project: The King in the Car Park and Richard III: the Unseen Story. I regularly give public lectures including talks to school children and family history groups and speak at Who Do You Think You Are? Live each year. I contributed to the Wellcome Trust exhibition "Who Am I?" in 2009, the DNA exhibition at New Walk Museum in Leicester in 2013 and the current Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition at the British Museum.
- Patricia Balaresque, Turi E. King, Emma J. Parkin, Evelyne Heyer, Denise Carvalho-Silva, Thirsa Kraaijenbrink, Peter de Knijff, Chris Tyler-Smith and Mark A. Jobling (2014) Gene conversion violates the stepwise mutation model for microsatellites in Y-chromosomal palindromic repeats. Human Mutation, in press.
- Marc Scully, Turi King and Steve Brown (2013) Sociology Volume 47 Issue 5, October 2013. Remediating Viking Origins: Genetic Code as Archival Memory of the Remote Past
- Gloria G. Fortes, Camilla F. Speller, Michael Hofreiter and Turi E. King (2013) Bioessays Vol. 35 Issue 8, 690-695. Phenotypes from ancient DNA: Approaches, insights and prospects.
- Richard Buckley, Mathew Morris, Jo Appleby, Turi King, Deirdre O'Sullivan and Lin Foxhall (2013) Antiquity Vol. 87 No.336, 519-538. 'The king in the car park': new light on the death and burial of Richard III in the Grey Friars church, Leicester, in 1485.
- Winney B, Boumertit A, Day T, Davison D, Echeta C, Evseeva I, Hutnik K, Leslie S, Nicodemus K, Royrvik EC, Tonks S, Yang X, Cheshire J, Longley P, Mateos P, Groom A, Relton C, Bishop DT, Black K, Northwood E, Parkinson L, Frayling TM, Steele A, Sampson JR, King T, Dixon R, Middleton D, Jennings B, Bowden R, Donnelly P, Bodmer W.(2011) Eur J Hum Gen, Aug 10, 1-8. People of the British Isles: preliminary analysis of genotypes and surnames in a UK-control population.
Patricia Balaresque, Georgina R. Bowden, Susan M. Adams, Ho-Yee Leung, Turi E. King, Zoë H. Rosser, Jane Goodwin, Jean-Paul Moisan, Christelle Richard, Ann Millward, Andrew G. Demaine, Guido Barbujani, Carlo Previderè, Ian J. Wilson, Chris Tyler-Smith, Mark A. Jobling (2010) PLoS Biol. 8, e1000285. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000285. A predominantly Neolithic origin for European paternal lineages. Article available as Open Access
- King, T.E. and Jobling, M.A. (2009) Trends Genet. 25, 351-360. What’s in a name? - Y chromosomes, surnames, and the genetic genealogy revolution. Authors' revised version of this article available here, published version here.
- King, T.E. and Jobling, M.A. (2009) Mol. Biol. Evol. 26, 1093-1102. Founders, drift and infidelity: the relationship between Y chromosome diversity and patrilineal surnames. Article available as Open Access.
- King, T.E., Parkin, EJ., Swinfield, G., Cruciani, F., Scozzari, R., Rosa, A., Lim, S., Xue, Y., Tyler-Smith, C., and Jobling, M.A. (2007) Eur. J. Hum. Genet. 15, 288-293. Africans in Yorkshire? - the deepest-rooting clade of the Y phylogeny within an English genealogy. Article available as Open Access from journal website.
- King, T.E., Bowden, G.R., Balaresque, P., Adams, S.M., Shanks, M.E. and Jobling, M.A. (2007) Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 132, 584-589. Thomas Jefferson's Y chromosome belongs to a rare European lineage.
- Bowden, G.R., Balaresque, P., King, T.E., Hansen, Z., Lee, A.C., Pergl-Wilson, G., Hurley, E., Roberts, S.J., Waite, P., Jesch, J., Jones, A.L., Thomas, M.G., Harding, S.E. and Jobling, M.A. (2007) Mol. Biol. Evol. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msm255. Excavating past population structures by surname-based sampling: the genetic legacy of the Vikings in northwest England. Article available as Open Access.
- King, T.E., Ballereau, S.J., Schurer, K. and Jobling, M.A. (2006) Curr. Biol. 16, 384-388. Genetic signatures of coancestry within surnames. You can download the final pre-publication version of the article here, and obtain the published pdf from the Current Biology website.
- Adams, S.M., King, T.E., Bosch, E., and Jobling M.A. (2006) Forensic Sci. Int. 159, 14-20. The case of the unreliable SNP: recurrent back-mutation of Y-chromosomal marker P25 through gene conversion.
- King, T.E., Bosch, E., Adams, S. Parkin, E.J., Rosser, Z.H., Jobling, M.A. (2005) J. Med. Genet. 42, 366-368. Inadvertent diagnosis of male infertility through genealogical DNA testing. Article available as Open Access from journal website.
- Jobling, M.A. and King, T.E. (2003) The distribution of Y-chromosomal haplotypes: forensic implications. Progress in Forensic Genetics 10, 70-72.
- The Y Chromosome Consortium (2002) Genome Res. 12, 339-348. A nomenclature system for the tree of human Y-chromosomal binary haplogroups.
- Pandya, A., King, T.E., Santos, F.R., Taylor, P.G., Thangaraj, K., Singh, L., Jobling, M.A. and Tyler-Smith, C. (1998) A polymorphic human Y-chromosomal G to A transition found in India. Indian Journal of Human Genetics 4, 52-61.
- Surnames, DNA and Family History
- George Redmonds, Turi King and David Hey. Oxford University Press. September, 2011. Selected by Michael Wood as his “History Book of the Year” for BBC History magazine, Christmas edition, 2011.
- Viking DNA: The Wirral and West Lancashire Project
- Stephen Harding,Mark Jobling and Turi King. Countyvise and Nottingham University Press. 2010.
- BA Hons, University of Cambridge
- MSc in Molecular Genetics, University of Leicester, Distinction
- PhD, University of Leicester
- BS3000 Evolutionary Genetics
- BS3041 Evolutionary Genetics
- Genes MB1005
- Genes BS1005
- Medical Genetics MB3050
- AR3071 Archaeology of Death and Burial
- Undergraduate Archaeology and Ancient History Distance Learning Course
- AR2008 Environmental Archaeology
- HS2234 Race and Ethnicity
- DNA and the Past