I'm a recent PhD graduate in the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab at Lund University, Sweden. My PhD project explored 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 my PhD project, I collaborate with colleagues in several interesting projects involving genomics. For more information about my work, please see the Research page.  


  • 3 May 2018 - Had a great time meeting with the lab members of Curator Susan Perkins, 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!
  • 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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