About me

I was born in the northern region of Sweden, and currently live with my husband in the southern-most part of the country. I recently graduated with a PhD in the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab at Lund University. There I've been using bioinformatics to understand how evolution has shaped the genomes of hosts and their microbes.  

During my PhD, I had two great former supervisors, Dr. Charlie Cornwallis and Dr. Olof Hellgren. In addition I had support from my former co-supervisor, Prof. Bengt Hansson, my scientific mentor, Dr. Dag Ahrén, and several seniors in my lab. 


If you would like to contact me, please email elin.videvall [at] biol.lu.se.

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Future plans

I defended my PhD 6 April 2018. This July, I will start a  3-year postdoctoral research position at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. I will be part of a large research project working on the genomics of avian malaria in Hawaii with the main PI Dr. Rob Fleischer.

After my postdoc at the Smithsonian, I am interested to pursue further academic or bioinformatic positions where I can use genomic and bioinformatic tools to answer interesting evolutionary or ecological questions. Suggestions of potential positions or grants you think I should apply for are always highly appreciated.

Personal background

 Luleå and Lund, Sweden

Luleå and Lund, Sweden

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. 

Later, I started study biology in Umeå, and quickly realized that biological research was the most amazing thing for me. 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 as a PhD student. I recently graduated my PhD and today consider myself very fortunate to be able to work with interesting evolutionary questions and fascinating research on a daily basis.