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.

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.

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.

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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