Magnus Nordborg

Dr Magnus Nordborg is Scientific Director of the GMI and a Senior Group Leader focusing on population genetics.


After spending a decade at University of Southern California, Dr Magnus Nordborg joined the GMI as Scientific Director in 2009. He is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the use of genome-wide association studies to study patterns of natural variation in non-human organisms. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His research is supported by many sources, including an ERC Advanced Grant. (Magnus Nordborg CV)

Academic Qualifications

  • Swedish Defense Institute of Language/Uppsala University, Sweden, 1986.
  • BSc: Lund University, Sweden, 1989.
  • PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, USA, 1994.
  • Postdoc, Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago, USA, 1994-1997

Current and Former Positions

  • Department of Genetics, Lund University, Sweden: Research Assistant Professor, 1997-2000
  • Molecular & Computational Biology, University of Southern California, USA: Assistant Professor (2000-2004), Associate Professor (2004-2011), Research Associate Professor (2011-present)
  • Scientific Director, GMI, 2009-present

Selected Publications

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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

Svardal H, Jasinska AJ, Apetrei C et al. (2017) Ancient hybridization and strong adaptation to viruses across African vervet monkey populations. Nat Genet 49(12):1705-13.

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