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 or 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 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 fascinating 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 as a PhD student. I received my PhD degree in April 2018 and now 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.