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Date of birth: January 31, 1974.
Place of birth: Växjö, Sweden.
Citizenship: Swedish



MATNAT Physics, Linköping University, Linköping, 1993-1998, including:
Sussex University, Brighton, England (1996) via an Erasmus scholarship


Master thesis: Compactification of 11-dimensional supergravity,
Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg,
supervisor: Prof. Bengt E.W. Nilsson, 1998

PhD-student at the Institute of Applied Physics,
Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, 1998-2003
supervisor: Prof. Peter Apell;

Licentiate Thesis, Göteborg, Optical Excitations in Molecular Aggregates, 2000

PhD Thesis, Göteborg, Electromagnetic Response of Living Matter, 2003

PhD in physics, Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University, 2003


PhD student, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, 1998-2003

Post Doctoral Fellow, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA),
Copenhagen, 2003-2006

Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006-2008
(via a Knut and Alice Wallenberg scholarship in cross-disciplinary Micro/Nano Science)

Assistant Professor, Department of Theoretical Physics, Lund University, 2009-2015

Docent in Theoretical Physics, specializing in Computational Biology, at Lund University, January 2012

2016 - Associate Professor (Lektor), Department of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy, Lund University

Grants and awards

Crafoord Foundation: Detecting antibiotic resistance genes on plasmids using high-throughput and cell-phone microscopy based optical DNA mappings, 2018-2019.

Erling-Persson Foundation (co-PI): A novel ultrafast method for detecting multiresistant bacteria in intensive care units, 2017-2019.

Swedish Research Council, Project grant: Non-equilibrium biophysics in nano-confined systems, 2014-2018.

Funding for DNA melting map bioinformatics project from the Carl Tryggers Foundation, 2012

Funding for a post-doctorate position from The Crafoord Foundation, Project: "Nanoscale tracer dynamics in many-body heterogenous soft matter systems", 2011

Funding from Gunnar and Gunnel Källén's memorial fund for co-organizing a chalk-talk program with invited scientists for PhD students and postdocs, 2011

Swedish Research Council, Project grant: "Modeling of nanoscale biophysical processes and label-free detection using metallic nanoparticles", 2009

Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation two year post-doctorate scholarship for studies in cross-disciplinary micro/nanoscience, including three year repatriation position in Sweden, 2006

Erasmus scholarship, 1996


Two PhD students: Lloyd Sanders, got his PhD in February 2014. Michaela Schad receieved here PhD in May 2015. One post-doc: Simon Pigeon (2012-2013). Supervised several M.Sc. and B.Sc. students.

Organization skills

Co-organized DNA melting map workshop, April 2010

Organizer of the CBBP seminar series 2010-2012.

Initiated (with Ludvig Lizana) and organized the joint meeting, "The Øresund Bio Battle", between the division of Computational Biology and Biological Physics at Lund University and the Center for Models of Life at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, May 2010 and 2011. The Bio Battle celebrated its fourth year 2013.


Refereeing for journals:
Physical Review Letters, Nature Communications, Nano Letters, JACS, Europhysics Letters, Journal of Chemical Physics, Physical Review B, Physical Review E,
Journal of Physics A, Journal of Physics:Condensed Matter, Nanotechnology, Journal of Applied Physics, Chemical Physics, Physica A, Journal of Statistical Physics, Biopolymers, Nucleic Acids Research


Lecturer and course coordinator at Lund University:
Computation Physics (undergraduate level), 2009-
Applied Complex Analysis (PhD level), 2011

Lecturer at Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University:
Morphomatics (undergraduate level), 2001-2002
Living State Physics (undergraduate level), 1999-2001

Assistant teacher at Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University:
Classical Electrodynamics (PhD level), 1999
Advanced Living State Physics (undergraduate level), 2001

Lab. assistant at Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg University:
Thermodynamics (undergraduate level), 1998-2002
Electrical circuit theory (college level), 1998-2002

Public outreach

Seminar for Polhemsskolans high schools students, November 2009

Seminar at 'NMT-dagarna', March 2010-2011, 2015

Popular science seminar at 'Kulturkalaset', September 2010


Study director for the PhD student research school COMPUTE, 2010-

Opponent/reviewing duties:
Faculty opponent for Oskar Lindgren'ss licentiate thesis "Prediction and design of selfassembling systems with isotropic potentials", Chalmers University, (March 2012)
Faculty opponent for Christine Edblom's licentiate thesis, "Diffusion-Induced Nonlinear Dynamics in Carbon Nanomechanical Resonators", Chalmers University (May 2015).
Faculty opponent for Regina Schmitt's licentiate thesis "Feedback in small systems: A stochastic-thermodynamical perspective on two models of molecular motors", Lund University (May 2016).
Member of thesis committee for Behruz Bozorg's PhD thesis "Models of mechanics and growth in developmental biology: A Computational Morphodynamics approach", Lund University (June 2016).

Reviewer of grant applications:
The Netherlands Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter, FOM (2016).

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