About me



Work phone:
+1 (202) 633 4203

Work address:
Dr. Elin Videvall
Center for Conservation Genomics
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
National Zoological Park
PO BOX 37012 MRC 5503
Washington, DC 20013-7012

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Current position

I defended my PhD April 2018, moved to Washington, DC and started a postdoctoral research position in July 2018 at the Smithsonian Institution. I am currently part of a large NSF-funded research project working on the genomics of avian malaria in Hawaii with postdoc host Dr. Robert C. Fleischer.

Future plans

I am interested in relevant career opportunities, both within and outside academia. I would love to continue my science career using genomic and bioinformatic techniques to answer evolutionary and ecological questions. Suggestions of positions or grants I could apply for are always highly appreciated.

Update: I am currently thinking a lot about future faculty positions or other science-related jobs like senior postdoc positions. Please let me know if there are relevant positions you think I’d be a good fit for.

Personal background

Luleå and Lund, Sweden

Luleå and Lund, Sweden

I was 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 to study biology at Umeå University, and quickly realized that biological research was the most fascinating thing . I decided to move to the other side of the country, to Lund University, to get the best education possible. My passion for science made me spend a large part of my free time reading popular science books and watching nature documentaries.

Because I felt the biology education went a bit slow for my pace, I completed both my undergraduate (BS) and master degrees (MSc) 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. In April 2018 I finished my PhD and now I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Institution. I currently live in Washington, DC, together with my husband who works as a software engineer at Amazon. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to work with interesting evolutionary questions and fascinating research on a daily basis.