Carleton, Karen

Karen Carleton
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Program in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
2130 Bioscience Research Building
General Research Interests: 
  • Evolution of visual systems and visual communication:
  • Genetics of visual system tuning
  • Physical modeling of color signals and visual discrimination
  • Evolution of rod and cone phototransduction
  • Tuning photoreceptor responsivity through evolution of protein structure and gene expression
  • A comparative genomic approachutilizing a diversity of vertebrates including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and agnathans


B.S. Chemical Engineering, Yale University 1980 
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Colorado, 1987
Miller Post-doctoral fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 1987-89