Principal Investigator

Leslie M. Turner


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email: l.m.turner [at]
twitter: @Ltheory  
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.


Katy Morgan


email: k.j.morgan [at]
I completed my PhD in Catherine Walton's lab at the University of Manchester in 2009. My thesis focused on the roles of historical climate change and ecological heterogeneity in driving population divergence and speciation within Southeast Asian Anopheles mosquitoes. I then joined Ralf Sommer's research group at the Max Planck Institute, Tubingen, to work as a postdoc on the population genetics and genomics of island nematodes. Continuing in the field of population genomics, I moved to the University of New Orleans to complete a postdoc with Nicola Anthony. By combining population genomic with geospatial modeling and morphometric techniques, I characterised patterns of adaptive variation across Central Africa in two mammal species, the soft furred mouse Praomys misonnei and the blue duiker Philantomba monticola. I also identified areas of high genomic vulnerability, in which populations will have the greatest challenges to respond to future environmental change, so providing useful information for conservation prioritisation efforts. I joined Leslie Turner's research group in July 2018, and will be working on the disruptions in gene regulatory networks driving male sterility in hybrid house mice.

PhD Students

Paigan J. Aspinall


email: p.j.aspinall [at]
twitter: @paiganaspinall
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.

Masters Students

Andrea Bours


email: agjb20 [at]
I’m currently doing my Master in Evolution and Population Biology at the University of Bath. For my masters project I am researching the baculum and its morphological variation in hybrid mice. I will be doing my PhD into the evolution of bird migration in the Behavioural Genomics research group of Dr. Liedvogel, at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Germany.


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


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