I'm Swedish, 32 years old, and PhD candidate in the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab at Lund University, Sweden. There I work with bioinformatics to understand how evolution has shaped the genomes of hosts and their microbes.
I have two great supervisors, Dr. Charlie Cornwallis and Dr. Olof Hellgren. In addition I have support from my co-supervisor, Dr. Bengt Hansson, my scientific mentor, Dr. Dag Ahrén, and several seniors in my lab.
Future plans - post doc?
My PhD project ends in the spring of 2018, so this is when I plan to have my dissertation. After my PhD, I plan to pursue a post doc. Research suits me well, and I believe my curiosity and drive benefit me in that aspect.
I am very interested in a future post doc or bioinformatic position using genomic and bioinformatic tools to answer interesting evolutionary or ecological questions. Research labs outside Sweden are especially appealing for a post doc. If you have any suggestions of potential positions or available grants you think I should apply for, please contact me.
I was born and raised in the very north of Sweden, in a town called Luleå, only 100 km from the Arctic Circle. I've always had a great interest in animals. This interest led me to move from my home already at age 15, to attend a high school in a different town that specialized in both animal and natural sciences.
Years later I started study biology in Umeå, and quickly realized that biological research was the most amazing thing. I decided to move to the other side of the country, to Lund, to get the best education possible. My passion for science and biology caused me to spend the weekends reading popular science books and watching documentaries.
Because I felt the biology education went a bit slow for my pace, I completed both my undergraduate and master degrees in four years, instead of the normal five. After my MSc, I worked as a research assistant for one year, before starting my PhD. Today, I am very fortunate to be able to work with interesting evolutionary questions and fascinating research on a daily basis.