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Peter Savolainen

Assistant professor

KTH Biotechnology
AlbaNova University Center
SE-106 91 Stockholm

Direct phone: +46 8 5537 8335
Fax: +46 8 5537 8482

Short Biography

After graduate and post-graduate studies at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, I received my Ph.D. degree in 1999. My thesis was based on the development of techniques for analysis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from minute DNA samples, and their use in forensic and population genetic studies, especially for studies of dogs and wolves.

After a post-doc period at the Max-Planck Institute in Leipzig, working on ancient human remains, I returned to KTH. Based on techniques and data collections developed during my post-graduate period I have continued my population genetic and evolutionary studies of the domestic dog and the development of forensic methods, and I have also served as forensic expert scientist for the Swedish police. I have, furthermore, worked with large-scale sequencing, especially EST sequencing, and expression analysis of animals. However, my main scientific interest ever since my dissertation has been population genetic studies of the origin and history of the domestic dog. Based on a unique sample collection from more than 1,000 dogs from around the world, and my collaborations with research groups in China and Australia, detailed information about the origin of the domestic dog and the Australian dingo have been obtained.

After receiving a four-year funding for population genetic studies of the origin and history of the domestic dog I will now concentrate my research efforts on reconstructing in detail the genetic history of the domestic dog.

Last updated: 2013-05-24