Karlsson Lab

We use evolution to explore how genetics affects health. We study everything from cholera to dog behavior to mammalian evolution to understand how genes work, and how we can translate these discoveries into improved health care.


The 200 Mammals Project

From aadvarks to wooly rats, we're working to understand mammalian evolution


Wolves vs dogs

Using domestication to investigate the genetics of early social development


Darwin's dogs

We are following the pawprints of evolution with help of dog owners around the world. We want to understand how dog DNA changed as dogs went from living in the wild to being part of our families. Do you own a dog? Join the Darwin’s Dogs project today!


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New paper learns from dogs, mice and humans to advance OCD research

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Hyun Ji Noh This week, we published a study where we identify genetic variants that are associated with human obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We used a new approach that combined information…

New York Times highlights our wolf project

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Kathryn’s recent blog post about the critical period of socialization in dogs and wolves discussed the stark behavioral differences between these two subspecies of Canis lupus. Now, our work trying to…

Domestication and the critical period of socialization

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Kathryn Lord You might have seen our newest research subjects, a litter of adorable wolf puppies, on Facebook or Instagram When people see photos of these little balls of fuzz,…