Olson Lab

Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD United Kingdom

Welcome to the Olson Lab

We are a group of biomedical researchers based in the Wolfson-Wellcome Biomedical Laboratories at the Natural History Museum in London where we work alongside other talented groups whose research is directed at improving our understanding of the natural world. We collaborate with many labs based at other institutions and are always happy to hear from people with shared interests.

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All header images © PD Olson, 2016, except detail from "Vincent's Worms" by 2015 Nobel laureate in Medicine Wm. C. Campbell, 2003 (oil on canvas; owned by PDO). Image of tapeworm in jar © Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, 2006.

Olson PD, J Hughes and JA Cotton. 2016.
Next Generation Systematics. Cambridge University Press 356 p. PUBLICATIONS

Koziol et al. 2016.
Comparative analysis of Wnt expression identifies a highly conserved developmental transition in flatworms. BMC Biology PUBLICATIONS

Muehlenbachs et al. 2015.
Malignant transformation of Hymenolepis nana in a human host. New England Journal of Medicine PUBLICATIONS


4th European Meeting on Planarian Biology, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Catalonia, Spain, 25-27 September

ISOMORPHOLOGY: An introduction to the art and science of Gemma Anderson

READ Alessandro Minelli’s commentary “The tapeworm’s elusive antero-posterior polarity” regarding our work published in BMC Biology.

BBC, NPR television and radio interviews regarding New England Journal of Medicine publication: “How did man die of cancer from a tapeworm?


Available Now! Next Generation Systematics 2016. PD Olson, J Hughes and JA Cotton (ed.). Cambridge University Press

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Now Accepting Submissions: "Planarians to Parasitism: Evolution, Development and Stem Cells in Flatworms" Special EvoDevo + Parasites & Vectors Thematic Volume READ