Prof. Turi King

The Expert

Turi is a scientist, presenter, speaker and author who is passionate about communicating science to the public.

She uses genetics in the fields of forensics, history and archaeology and is perhaps best known for her work “cracking one of the biggest forensic DNA cases in history” (Globe and Mail, February 2013) leading the genetic analysis for the identification of  King Richard III.

Turi started her career in archaeology, first in Canada and later reading for a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Graduating with a BA(Hons), she then went to study at the world-famous Genetics Department at the University of Leicester on a scholarship, to read for an MSc in Molecular Genetics. She went on to study for a PhD in Molecular Genetics on the relationship between the Y chromosome and British surnames combining forensic DNA techniques with history and genealogy. Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, who invented DNA fingerprinting, was one of her PhD advisors.

She is working on a number of forensic/ancient cold cases including King Richard III, Robert the Bruce and others.

Professor Turi King is currently featuring in BBC 2/Minnow Films DNA Family Secrets.

Turi is also Professor of Public Engagement and Genetics at the University of Leicester, and carries out a great deal of media and television work as well as public speaking. She is an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association, a Fellow of the Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and a Member of the International Society of Forensic Geneticists.

Ron McCullagh


Ron is an investigative filmmaker. He began at the BBC and then founded his own production company 30 years ago, Insight News TV (latterly) Insight TWI. He has produced and exec produced many investigations in challenging places and trained 100s of journalists to make their own films. He has won a Bafta and 2 Emmys.

Sarah Fourcheraud


Sarah trains teachers in the theory and practice of learning. She has 20 years experience in language teaching in schools and universities. She worked in the tourism industry for ten years as a consultant and a tourism trade journalist.