I'm a Postdoctoral Researcher in Conservation Genomics at the Smithsonian Institution. I defended my PhD in the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab at Lund University, Sweden in April 2018. My research explores molecular interactions between avian hosts and their microbes. I have a huge passion for science and love to constantly learn new things about nature.
In my research I use molecular techniques and bioinformatic tools to study the evolution of genomes, transcriptomes and microbiomes. In addition to the projects in my Postdoc and my PhD, I collaborate with colleagues in several interesting projects involving genomics. For more information about my work, please see the Research page.
11 Jan 2019 - New review paper on avian malaria genomics published in Trends in Parasitology!
01 Nov 2018 - Participated in the international Wildlife Malaria conference taking place in Beijing, China this year. I gave a presentation about avian malaria transcriptomics and had a wonderful time meeting with several new and old colleagues.
26 July 2018 - New paper on sex-biased gene expression in the Common Whitethroat published in Genes.
15 July 2018 - Work trip to Hawaii to visit field sites, conservation breeding facilities, and participate in a meeting in our joint project on avian malaria in Hawaii.
9 July 2018 - Moved to Washington, DC, USA and started a new position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Conservation Genomics! Will soon update the website with more info.
30 May 2018 - Was invited to Bielefeld University, Germany to give a seminar about malaria transcriptomics and met with several people to discuss animal microbiomes as well.
25 May 2018 - I was properly celebrated with a 4 hr-long doctoral conferment ceremony in Latin in the Lund cathedral, together with the other newly graduated Doctors. Was given a ring, a wreath, and a diploma, cannons were fired, orchestras were playing, a formal banquet was held in the evening, and lots of people cheered us on when walking in procession. Thank you Lund University! [Photos]
3 May 2018 - Visited Curator Susan Perkins and her lab members, at AMNH, in New York City where we discussed science over pizza and beer, and visited parts of the ornithology collection.
30 Apr 2018 - Was given a fantastic guided tour of the large Hawaiian Honeycreeper collection at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, by Helen James and Rob Fleischer.
27 Apr 2018 - Was invited to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, to give a Friday seminar about avian malaria transcriptomics and discussed science with several interesting people.
6 Apr 2018 - Successfully defended my dissertation and received my PhD degree!