Richard III researcher to share story with public

Posted by er134 at Sep 17, 2013 11:15 AM |
Geneticist to recount moment she successfully sequenced and matched King’s DNA

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 17 September 2013

Free public event Tuesday 15th October 2013 at 6.30pm in The Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building, University of Leicester

A University of Leicester scholar who played a pivotal role in the identification of King Richard III is to share her story of the discovery with members of the public.

Dr Turi King, Project Geneticist on the King Richard III scientific analysis, made a major contribution to the evidence that confirmed the identification of the King.

With her background in both genetics and archaeology, Dr Turi King was brought onto the Grey Friars project early on.  Her role was to advise on the excavation of any remains deemed suitable for ancient DNA analysis and then to conduct such analysis as it arose.

Dr King said: “This has been a tremendously exciting project to be a part of and it's been a privilege to work as part such a great team.  I will never forget the feeling of looking at the first sequencing results and seeing the match; I went utterly still. And then I got up and did a little dance around the lab!"

“It is an amazing story about interdisciplinary research which has had a far-reaching impact and made a mark on history.  It has been fascinating to have been a part of this incredible project.”

Dr Aneela Majid, from the Department of Genetics, said: “GENIE (Department of Genetics), the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Genetics, is hosting the 7th in their series of Public Engagement Lecture designed to make genetics more accessible by engaging the public in debating topical issues, promoting further dialogue and providing scientists an opportunity to reach them.

“These lectures have proved to be extremely popular.  We have had a huge amount of positive feedback and hope to continue engaging the public with future talks”

Dr King read Biological Anthropology at Cambridge and it was during this time that she became interested in genetics and its potential to be applied to history and archaeology. She went on to do an MSc in Molecular Genetics, followed by a PhD in Leicester.  She is now a lecturer in genetics and archaeology at Leicester.

Location: Leicester, UK

Venue: The Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building, University of Leicester

Date: Tuesday 15th October 2013

Time: 6.30pm

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.

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For more information contact Dr Turi King at: tek2@le.ac.uk

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