Bryony Leeke

Bryony did her undergraduate studies in Genetics and Zoology at the University of Otago in New Zealand. In 2013, she joined Associate Professor Julia Horsfield's group, initially as an Honours student, and subsequently as an Assistant Research Fellow. While in Julia's lab, Bryony worked on the role of cohesin in gene regulation in the context of zebrafish development. The time spent in Julia's lab inspired Bryony's interest in developmental biology and epigenetics. Bryony joined the Turner lab as a PhD student in 2015. She is interested in the evolution of epigenetic mechanisms in mammals. She addresses this question by studying DNA methylation during marsupial embryonic development, using next-generation sequencing approaches. Bryony enjoys teaching and science communication, and is a member of the Young Embryologist Network organising committee.