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Magnus Nordborg

Population genetics

Research focus

The central theme of our group is the genetic basis of adaptation. A combination of empirical and theoretical approaches from population genetics and related areas, such as statistical genetics and molecular evolution, are used. Empirical research focuses on Arabidopsis thaliana but we work on a wide range of organisms, including primates.

Selected publications 

Korte A, Vilhjálmsson B, Segura V, Platt A, Long Q, Nordborg M (2012) A mixed-model approach for genome-wide association studies of correlated traits in structured populations. Nat Genet 44:1066–1071.

Horton MW, et al. (2012) Genome-wide patterns of genetic variation in worldwide Arabidopsis thaliana accessions from the RegMap panel. Nat Genet 44:212-216.

Fournier-Level A, et al. (2011) A map of local adaptation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Science 334:86-89.

Hu TT, et al. (2011) The Arabidopsis lyrata genome sequence and the basis of rapid genome size change. Nat. Genet. 43:476-481.

Todesco M, et al. (2010) Natural allelic variation underlying a major fitness trade-off in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature 465:632-636.

Atwell S, et al. (2010) Genome-wide association study of 107 phenotypes in Arabidopsis thaliana inbred lines. Nature 465:627-631.

Scientific Director

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD Student