Lab members

Dr Vicky Sleight

Principal Investigator
Lecturer in Marine Biology (Assistant Professor = USA equiv. )

Vicky is in love with evolution and development – aka “evo-devo”. Through a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral experiences she has found her way to marine invertebrates and seashells as an inspiring and powerful system to understand fundamental questions in animal evolution and development. Vicky earned a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Marine Biology from the University of Plymouth and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Heriot-Watt University and the British Antarctic Survey. She held a Junior Research Fellowship from Wolfson College in the Department of Zoology at University of Cambridge (2017-2020) and two Whitman Center Fellowships at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, USA (summers 2018 & 2019).

Undergraduate/Masters Project Students:
Eilidh Player (MSc student)

Eilidh is a student on the Ecology and Conservation MSc programme, she has a BSc (Hons) degree in Countryside Management (now called Wildlife and Conservation) from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)/University of Glasgow and previous experience working as a Survey Assistant at The River Dee Trust, focusing on electrofishing in the River Dee and Don. Eilidh  enjoys biology, has always liked the marine environment and is a particularly fascinated by marine invertebrates. In the Sleight Lab, Eilidh is investigating the role of hemocyte cells in shell repair.

In her spare time, Eilidh can be found either outdoors doing some sort of outdoor pursuit, photographing the natural world or inside creating some sort of artwork.

Kallen Sullivan (MSc student)

Kallen grew up in Chicago in the USA, but always enjoyed spending her summers on the Massachusetts’ coast. After receiving her BSc in Marine Biology from the University of St Andrews, she began a research position at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine in Baltimore, where she expanded her knowledge of molecular techniques.  In the Sleight Lab, Kallen is be combining her molecular biology expertise with a love for molluscs and marine life, her project is investigating the role of hemocyte cells in shell repair.

Although Scotland’s coasts may not be as warm as her summers spent on Cape Cod, you can still find her walking along the beaches of Aberdeen in her free time.

PhD Students:
Past members:

Rory Hutchenson (2020 – Hons project student)