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Research in the U of U's Molecular Ecology & Evolutionary Genetics Laboratory focuses on the study of genetic variation in nonhuman primate populations and the application of molecular techniques to problems in evolutionary and conservation biology. One major focus of our research is the evolution, reproductive and behavioral effects of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes in primates. Comparative studies of other mammals, such as foxes and seals, also take place in the lab. Some of our research involves the study of hormones such as cortisol and testosterone. We have international collaborations with scientists working in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, Chile, and Brazil. More locally, our collaborators are in Ob-Gyn and Psychology. Contact: Leslie Knapp,

Last Updated: 4/3/20