Welcome to the Kronforst lab at the University of Chicago’s Department of Ecology & Evolution. We study the molecular genetic basis of organismal diversity, with a special emphasis on butterflies. Our research explores the molecular mechanisms responsible for the evolutionary processes of adaptation and speciation, and we do this in the context of morphology, physiology, and behavior. Major themes of research include color patterning, mating behavior, migration, and host-plant herbivory. We utilize a diversity of methods, spanning genomics, statistical and population genetics, phylogenetics, developmental biology, functional genetics, genome editing and animal behavior.

The Kronforst lab is committed to producing creative, high-impact research; creating a nurturing, inclusive research environment; training the next generation of integrative biologists; and translating our work and insights into practical knowledge for the general public.

News & Updates
  • January 09, 2024

    We’ve posted a new preprint describing the cis-regulatory elements in doublesex that control swallowtail butterfly mimicry. Please take a look!

  • October 01, 2023

    The Kronforst Lab was happy to participate in the second annual South Side Science Festival. The festival was featured in the Chicago Sun Times, along with our butterflies!

  • September 05, 2023

    Please see our new paper about how doublesex and its interactions generate color pattern mimicry in swallowtail butterflies.