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:
Rory Hutchenson (UG)

Rory grew up in one of the largest shellfish ports in Europe – Fraserburgh – on the north eastern tip of Aberdeenshire. Rory has always been fascinated by biology and, in combination with a life-long influence from the shellfish industry, he was drawn to study for a degree in Marine Biology at the University of Aberdeen. In the Sleight Lab, Rory is investigating the presence and role of nerve cells in shell secreting organ – the mantle. Rory is interested in conservation issues in the marine realm and in his spare time you’ll find him with a paintbrush in hand – a creative spirit both artistically and scientifically.

PhD Students:
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