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

Lee CR, Svardal H, Farlow A, et al. (2017) On the post-glacial spread of human commensal Arabidopsis thaliana. Nat Comm 8:14458.

Meng D, Dubin M, Zhang P, et al. (2016) Limited Contribution of DNA Methylation Variation to Expression Regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS Genet 12(7):e1006141.

Kawakatsu T, Huang SS, Jupe F, et al. (2016) Epigenomic Diversity in a Global Collection of Arabidopsis thaliana Accessions. Cell 166(2): 492–505.

The 1001 Genomes Consortium (2016) 1,135 Genomes Reveal the Global Pattern of Polymorphism in Arabidopsis thaliana. Cell 166(2):481-91.

Novikova PY, Hohmann N, Nizhynska V, et al. (2016) Sequencing of the genus Arabidopsis identifies a complex history of nonbifurcating speciation and abundant trans-specific polymorphism. Nat Genet 48(9):1077-82.

Dubin M, Zhang P, Meng D, et al. (2015) DNA methylation in Arabidopsis has a genetic basis and shows evidence of local adaptation. eLife 4:e05255.

Horton MW, Bodenhausen N, Beilsmith K, et al. (2014) Genome-wide association study of Arabidopsis thaliana leaf microbial community. Nat Commun 5:5320.

Li P, Filiault D, Box MS, et al. (2014) Multiple FLC haplotypes defined by independent cis-regulatory variation underpin life history diversity in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genes Dev 28(15): 1635-40.

Long Q, Rabanal FA, Meng D, et al. (2013) Massive genomic variation and strong selection in Arabidopsis thaliana lines from Sweden. Nat Genet 45(8): 884-90.

Horton MW, Hancock AM, Huang YS, et al. (2012) Genome-wide patterns of genetic variation in worldwide Arabidopsis thaliana accessions from the RegMap panel. Nat Genet 44(2):212-6.

Korte A, Vilhjálmsson B, Segura V, et al. (2012) A mixed-model approach for genome-wide association studies of correlated traits in structured populations. Nat Genet 44(9):1066–71.

Segura V, Vilhjálmsson B, Platt A, et al. (2012) An efficient multi-locus mixed-model approach for genome-wide association studies in structured populations. Nat Genet 44(7): 825-30.

Fournier-Level A, Korte A, Cooper MD, et al. (2011) A map of local adaptation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Science 334(6052):86-9.

Hu TT, Pattyn P, Bakker EG, et al. (2011) The Arabidopsis lyrata genome sequence and the basis of rapid genome size change. Nat Genet 43(5):476-81.

Atwell S, Huang YS, Vilhjálmsson BJ, et al. (2010) Genome-wide association study of 107 phenotypes in Arabidopsis thaliana inbred lines. Nature 465(7298):627-31.

Brachi B, Faure N, Horton M, et al. (2010) Linkage and association mapping of Arabidopsis thaliana flowering time in nature. PLoS Genet 6(5):e1000940.

Li Y, Huang Y, Bergelson J, et al. (2010) Association mapping of local climate-sensitive quantitative trait loci in Arabidopsis thalianaProc Natl Acad Sci USA 107(49): 21199-204.

Todesco M, Balasubramanian S, Hu TT, et al. (2010) Natural allelic variation underlying a major fitness trade-off in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature 465(7298):632-6.

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