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Peter D. Olson

The Natural History Museum
709 Darwin Centre 1
Cromwell Road
London, England SW7 5BD
United Kingdom

+44 207 942 5568

Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals
Techniques Employed: Degenerate PCR, Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Sanger Sequencing, 454 Pyrosequencing, Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Sectioning for Histology, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Epifluoresence Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy, RNA interference(RNAi)
Research Description: We are interested in the molecular mechanisms that underly the evolution and diversification of parasitism in flatworms. We are currently working on the evolution of segmentation in tapeworms using the classical tapeworm model Hymenolepis microstoma, which we are developing for research in the genomic era through the characterisation of its genome and transcriptome, development of functional assays, and expression studies of Hox, Wnt pathway, and other developmental genes.
Lab Web Page: http://www.olsonlab.com
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: NO
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