Olson Lab

Olson Lab focuses on muscle regeneration as well as muscle development and disease

Olson Lab studies muscle cells as a model for understanding how stem cells adopt specific fates and how programs of cell differentiation and morphogenesis are controlled during development.

Meet the Principal Investigator

Eric Olson, Ph.D.

Eric Olson, Ph.D.

Eric Olson is the founding chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern. He also directs the Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine and the Wellstone Center for Muscular Dystrophy Research. He holds The Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Science and the Annie and Willie Nelson Professorship in Stem Cell Research.

Olson Lab Highlights



We are exploring the mechanisms whereby pluripotent stem cells become committed to different muscle cell lineages.

Muscle development

Building Muscle

Studying muscle development and disease. We are using a variety of approaches to discover transcription factors that control the various steps of heart formation.

Dr. Eric Olson and Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson: Honorary Lab Member

A molecular biologist and a country musician might seem an odd pair, but Dr. Eric Olson and Willie Nelson share musical and scientific interests that have benefitted both fields.

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