I'm a Postdoctoral Researcher in Conservation Genomics at the Smithsonian Institution. I defended my PhD in the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab at Lund University, Sweden in April 2018. My research explores 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 the projects in my Postdoc and my PhD, I collaborate with colleagues in several interesting projects involving genomics. For more information about my work, please see the Research page.  


  • 11 Jan 2019 - New review paper on avian malaria genomics published in Trends in Parasitology!

  • 01 Nov 2018 - Participated in the international Wildlife Malaria conference taking place in Beijing, China this year. I gave a presentation about avian malaria transcriptomics and had a wonderful time meeting with several new and old colleagues.

  • 26 July 2018 - New paper on sex-biased gene expression in the Common Whitethroat published in Genes.

  • 15 July 2018 - Work trip to Hawaii to visit field sites, conservation breeding facilities, and participate in a meeting in our joint project on avian malaria in Hawaii.

  • 9 July 2018 - Moved to Washington, DC, USA and started a new position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Conservation Genomics! Will soon update the website with more info.

  • 30 May 2018 - Was invited to Bielefeld University, Germany to give a seminar about malaria transcriptomics and met with several people to discuss animal microbiomes as well.

  • 25 May 2018 - I was properly celebrated with a 4 hr-long doctoral conferment ceremony in Latin in the Lund cathedral, together with the other newly graduated Doctors. Was given a ring, a wreath, and a diploma, cannons were fired, orchestras were playing, a formal banquet was held in the evening, and lots of people cheered us on when walking in procession. Thank you Lund University! [Photos]

  • 3 May 2018 - Visited Curator Susan Perkins and her lab members, at 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!

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