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Department of Zoology

 

Biography

Current position

June 2017 -     Postdoctoral Research Associate: The evolution of paired appendages. Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, U.K.  (Host: Dr. Andrew Gillis)

Academic qualifications

2013-2017    Ph.D., Marine Biology. Heriot-Watt University and the British Antarctic Survey
        Thesis title: The molluscan shell secretome: unlocking calcium pathways in a changing world

2010-2013    B.Sc. (Hons), Marine Biology, First Class.  Plymouth University
        Thesis title: Assessment of microplastic-sorbed contaminant bioavailability through analysis of biomarker gene expression in larval zebrafish
       
 

Research

My studies and research record to date reflect a longstanding interest in the evolution and development of marine organisms. I am particularly interested in understanding the process of biomineralisation – i.e. the mechanisms by which organisms produce mineralised tissues, such as shell or bone.

Publications

Key publications: 

Sleight V. A.*, Peck L. S., Dyrynda, E. A., Smith, V. J. and Clark M. S. (2018). Cellular stress responses to chronic heat shock and shell damage in temperate Mya truncata. Cell Stress and Chaperones.

Sleight V. A.*, Bakir A., Thompson R. C. and Henry T. B. (2017). Assessment of microplastic-sorbed contaminant bioavailability through analysis of biomarker gene expression in larval zebrafish. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 116(1-2), 291-29.

Sleight V. A.*, Marie B., Jackson D. J., Dyrynda E. A., Marie A. and Clark M. S. (2016). An Antarctic molluscan biomineralisation tool-kit. Scientific Reports. 6, 36978.

Sleight V. A.*, Thorne M. A. S., Peck L. S., Arivalagan J., Berland S., Marie A. and Clark M. S. (2016).      Characterisation of the mantle transcriptome and biomineralisation genes in the blunt-gaper clam, Mya truncata. Marine Genomics. 27, 47-55.

Sleight V. A.*, Thorne M. A. S., Peck L. S. and Clark M. S.  (2015). Transcriptomic response to shell damage in the Antarctic clam, Laternula elliptica: Time scales and spatial localization. Marine Genomics. 20, 45-55.
 

* = corresponding author

Other publications: 

Arivalagan, J., Yarra T., Marie B., Sleight V. A., Berthet E. D., Clark M. S., Marie  A. and Berland S. (2017). Insights from the shell proteome: biomineralization to adaptation. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 34(1), 66-77.
 

Woodall, L. C., Sanchez-Vidal A. , Canals M. , Paterson G. L. J., Coppock R. , Sleight V. A., Calafat A., Rogers A. D. , Narayanaswamy B. E. and Thompson R. C. (2014). The deep sea is a major sink for microplastic debris. Royal Society Open Science. 1, 4.

Arivalagan, J., Marie B., Sleight V. A., Clark M. S., Berland S. and Marie A. (2016). Shell matrix proteins of the clam, Mya truncata: Roles beyond shell formation through proteomic study. Marine Genomics. 27, 69-74.

Book Chapter
Readman J. W.  et al., (including Sleight V. A.) (2013). Contaminants, Pollution and Potential Anthropogenic Impacts in Chagos/BIOT. Coral Reefs of the World. 4, 283–98.

Postdoctoral Research Associate