Principal Investigator

Leslie M. Turner


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I received an AB in Biology from Barnard College and a Master's in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University. I completed my PhD in 2007 with Hopi Hoekstra at UC San Diego. My dissertation research focused on the evolution of egg and sperm proteins in deer mice (genus Peromyscus). I moved to Harvard with the Hoekstra lab for a brief postdoc investigating the evolution of monogamy in Peromyscus. I began my postdoctoral work on hybrid sterility in house mice (Mus musculus) at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, then in Bret Payseur’s laboratory at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I returned to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology as a Visiting Researcher 2013-2016, to develop wild-derived recombinant inbred mouse strains for research on the genomics of reproductive isolation. In 2016, I became a Lecturer (i.e. Asst. Professor) at the University of Bath, in the Milner Centre for Evolution, and the Department of Biology and Biochemistry.

PhD Students

Paigan J. Aspinall


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I graduated from the University of Oxford with an integrated masters in Biochemistry (Molecular and Cellular) in 2017. During my masters year I was researching the role of WNT-signalling antagonists in mouse gonad development. My PhD research is focussed on male sterility in hybrid house mice.


I am currently recruiting a German Research Foundation (DFG) funded postdoc on the genomics of hybrid male sterility in mice.

I am always happy to hear from prospective graduate students and postdocs interested in my ongoing projects or related questions!


Bret Payseur,  University of Wisconsin-Madison
Diethard Tautz, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
John Baines, Christian-Albrechts-University and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology