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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

Invited talks

Biophysics seminar, Dept. of Solid State Physics, Lund Technical University, October 2014

Seminar, Institute for Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam, August 2013

Contributing talk, 4th Øresund Bio Battle, May 2013

Seminar, Center for Soft Matter Research, New York University, May 2011

Seminar, MEMPHYS, University of Southern Denmark, November 2010

Seminar, Dept. of Physics, Göteborg University, April 2010

Organizing Molecular Matter Seminar, Lund University, March 2010

Seminar, Physics Dept., Technical University Munich, January 2010

Seminar, MEMPHYS, University of Southern Denmark, April 2009

Seminar, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden, December 2008

Harvard, Condensed Matter Theory, Kids Seminar Series, April 2008

Applied Physics Seminar, Cornell University, Ithaca, August 2007

Condensed Matter Seminar, Ben Gurion University, Be'er Sheva, Israel, May 2005

Colloquium, The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Complex Systems, Northeastern University, Boston, June 2004

Squishy talk seminar series, Department of Physics, Harvard University, Boston, June 2004

Seminar, Department of Physics, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Boston, June 2004

International conferences

Workshop: Polymers with spatial and mechanical constraints, Venice, July 2016

XXXII Dynamics Days Europe, Gothenburg, contributing talk, September 2012

Foundations and Applications of Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, NORDITA, invited speaker, October 2011

2nd Nordic Workshop on Statistical Physics: Biological, Complex and Non-equilibrium Systems, Stockholm, invited speaker, February 2011

Nordic Workshop On Statistical Physics: Biological, Complex and Non-equilibrium systems, Stockholm, invited speaker, March 2010

Materials Research Society, Fall meeting, Boston MA, USA, invited speaker, December 2009

Plasmonics, Gordon Research Conferences, Tilton School NH, USA, poster presentation, July 2008

Modeling anomalous diffusion and relaxation: from single molecules to the flight of the albatross, Jerusalem, invited speaker, March 2008

3rd Nordic Network Meeting on Statistical Physics, Soft Matter and Biological Physics, Copenhagen, contributing talk, May 2006

Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, Nov-Dec 2005

Physics of Life: From Single Molecules to Networks, Workshop in Biological Physics, Krogerup, Denmark, contributing talk and poster presentation, August 2005

Computational Problems in Physics, Workshop, Helsinki, May 2005

The 5th International Conference on Biological Physics, Gothenburg, Sweden, poster presentation, August 2004

1st Nordic Network Meeting on Statistical Physics, Soft Matter and Biological Physics, Copenhagen, contributing talk and poster Ă¾presentation, August 2004

Biopolymers, Gordon Research Conferences, Salve Regina University Newport, USA, poster presentation, June 2004

International Conference on Theoretical Physics TH-2002, Paris, poster presentation, July, 2002

The 4th International Conference on Biological Physics, Kyoto, Japan, August 2001

Grants and awards

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, Nano Letters, Nature Communications, 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


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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