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.  


  • 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 - Together with the other newly graduated Doctors in Lund, I was properly celebrated with a 4 hr-long doctoral conferment ceremony in Latin in the cathedral. 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 the lab of Curator Susan Perkins, AMNH, in New York City, where we discussed science over pizza and beer, and saw 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!
  • 5 Apr 2018 - Organized a full-day symposium on Host-Microbe Interactions in association with my PhD defense with eight invited speakers.
  • 4 Apr 2018 - As is tradition in Lund, I have now nailed my PhD thesis to the oak tree!
  • 28 Mar 2018 - Finally official: I have accepted a Postdoctoral research position at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC! Will start a 3-year NSF-funded postdoc at the Center for Conservation Genomics to work on the genomics of avian malaria in Hawaii.
  • 16 Mar 2018 - Gave a talk about "Twitter as a tool in science communication" during a workshop at the annual BLAM conference, in Lund, Sweden.
  • 13 Mar 2018 - PhD thesis now printed! It includes ten finished papers of which seven are already published. 
  • 23 Feb 2018 - Posted our new work on gut microbiota development in ostriches to bioRxiv. 
  • 19 Dec 2017 - My first single-author paper now accepted in Microbial Genomics
  • 21 Nov 2017 - Was invited by Prof. Luc Lens and Dr. Jan Engler at Ghent University, Belgium to give a seminar about avian malaria transcriptomics and discuss future collaboration.
  • 16 Nov 2017 - Paper on thiamine genes in malaria parasites accepted in Parasitology.
  • 6 Nov 2017 - Paper evaluating the accuracy of cloacal and faecal samples to measure gut microbiomes accepted in Molecular Ecology Resources
  • 30 Oct 2017 - Paper about direct PCR of gut microbiomes accepted in mSystems

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