Welcome to the Watson Lab


 We are part of the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Department at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (Louisville, KY). Our research interests span the fields of molecular, population, evolutionary, and disease genetics/epigenetics, using both human and animal model systems. The primary projects in the lab are currently focused on characterizing and cataloguing antibody genetic diversity in human populations, laboratory mouse strains, and the rhesus macaque. Our ultimate aim is to understand how genetic/epigenetic variation influences antibody function and the development of the immune response, and how this information can be leveraged to inform our understanding of disease susceptibility and clinical health outcomes.