Peter Savolainen is Associate Professor in Evolutionary Genetics
Peter Savolainen, Ph.D
I received my Ph.D. degree in 1999 at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Department of Biotechnology, based on development of techniques for analysis of mitochondrial DNA 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. My main scientific interest is population genetic studies of the origin and history of the domestic dog. Based on a unique sample collection from more than 3,000 dogs from around the world, and collaborations with research groups in, e.g., China and Australia, detailed information about the origin of the domestic dog and the Australian dingo have been obtained. Presently, I am a Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Research Fellow supported by a grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, with duration 2009-2013.
I am responsible for the undergraduate course “Genetics and Genomics”, which is given in the 3rd year of the Biotechnology program at KTH.