Prof. Turi King

"King Richard III: The Resolution of a 500 Year Old Cold Case"

Professor King will be joining our Stanford AIA Chapter on Friday, October 12 at 8:00pm, Packard Bldg., Room 101
Reception to follow.
Lecture is free and open to the public.

Turi King, Professor of Professor of Public Engagement and Reader in Genetics and Archaeology at University of Leicester, is leading 'The King's DNA: whole genome sequencing of Richard III' project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys.

She started off in Archaeology while attending the University of British Columbia in Canada and took time out of her studies to go work on archaeological sites in Canada, Greece and England. She then decided she'd better get a degree and while studying biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge, she became interested in how the discipline of genetics can be married with those of archaeology, anthropology and history. When Professor King finished her undergraduate degree her interest in interdisciplinary research took her on to the University of Leicester on a scholarship to study for a Masters degree in molecular genetics and where she carried out her research project characterizing two Y chromosome polymorphisms, gaining a first with distinction. She was hooked!

Professor King made the results of the DNA analysis available in a paper published in Nature Communications.

For more information on Professor King:

Professor King's University site, University of Leicester

Selected publications include:

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. 2nd edition (Paperback) published in 2015. Available on Kindle.
Viking DNA: The Wirral and West Lancashire Project Stephen Harding,Mark Jobling and Turi King. Countyvise and Nottingham University Press. 2010. Available on Amazon.

  • Mark Scully, Steve Brown, and Turi King. (2016) Becoming a Viking: DNA testing, genetic ancestry and surplus identity. Special edition of Ethnic and Racial Studies. The Impact of Diasporas: Markers of Identity. 39(2), p162-180. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1105991

  • Jo Appleby, Guy N. Rutty, Sarah V. Hainsworth, Robert C. Woosnam, Bruno Morgan, Alison Brough, Richard W. Earp, Claire Robinson, Turi E. King, Mathew Morris and Richard Buckley (2014) Perimortem trauma in King Richard III: a skeletal analysis. The Lancet, 17 September, 2014, doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60804-7.

  • Marc Scully, Turi King and Steve Brown (2013) Remediating Viking Origins: Genetic Code as Archival Memory of the Remote Past. Sociology Volume 47 Issue 5, October 2013.

  • Gloria G. Fortes, Camilla F. Speller, Michael Hofreiter and Turi E. King (2013) Phenotypes from ancient DNA: Approaches, insights and prospects. Bioessays Vol. 35 Issue 8, 690-695.

  • Richard Buckley, Mathew Morris, Jo Appleby, Turi King, Deirdre O'Sullivan and Lin Foxhall (2013) 'The king in the car park': new light on the death and burial of Richard III in the Grey Friars church, Leicester, in 1485. Antiquity Vol. 87 No.336, 519-538.

  • 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) A predominantly Neolithic origin for European paternal lineages. PLoS Biol. 8, e1000285. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000285. Article available as Open Access

  • King, T.E. and Jobling, M.A. (2009) What’s in a name? - Y chromosomes, surnames, and the genetic genealogy revolution. Trends Genet. 25, 351-360.Authors' revised version of this article available here, published version here.

  • King, T.E. and Jobling, M.A. (2009) Founders, drift and infidelity: the relationship between Y chromosome diversity and patrilineal surnames. Mol. Biol. Evol. 26, 1093-1102. 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) Africans in Yorkshire? - the deepest-rooting clade of the Y phylogeny within an English genealogy. Article available as Open Access from journal website.Eur. J. Hum. Genet. 15, 288-293.

  • King, T.E., Bowden, G.R., Balaresque, P., Adams, S.M., Shanks, M.E. and Jobling, M.A. (2007) Thomas Jefferson's Y chromosome belongs to a rare European lineage. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 132, 584-589.

  • 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) Excavating past population structures by surname-based sampling: the genetic legacy of the Vikings in northwest England. Mol. Biol. Evol. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msm255. Article available as Open Access.

  • King, T.E., Ballereau, S.J., Schurer, K. and Jobling, M.A. (2006) Genetic signatures of coancestry within surnames. Curr. Biol. 16, 384-388. You can download the final pre-publication version of the article here, and obtain the published pdf from the Current Biology website.