Örjan Carlborg

Professor, Computational genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Membership period 2011–2016

I am a Computational Geneticist with a particular interest in adaptation. Adaptation is the process where the genetics of an organism is changed in order to be fitter in a given environment. On a short time-scale, adaptation is a way for a species to cope with changing life-conditions. To understand the genetics underlying such changes, I study how plants adapt to climate-change and agricultural breeding have adapted wild plants and animals to become domestic crops and livestock. To understand more about the genetic mechanisms that contribute to these processes, I do experiments and test hypotheses in the computer. Core activities in my research are therefore both the development of new models, methods and tools to analyze experimental data, as well as analysing and interpreting data using these new approaches. The data is sometimes collected by us, but most often by others. We are now in the middle of biological data-revolution, where new ways to characterize living organisms in molecular detail are emerging at a very rapid pace. This makes it very exciting to be working in computational genetics and I already today look forward to explore what tomorrows data will tell us about the adaptive processes that have happened in the past!


1. Photo: Markus Marcetic/Young Academy of Sweden 2. Work in Örjan's research team. Photo: Sven-Olof Ahlgren 3. Örjan leads a discussion at the Academy's summer research school Forskamöten Photo: Anna Kjellström/Young Academy of Sweden (Click for high resolution photos)

Örjan Carlborg Foto: Jenny Svennås-Gillner, SLU

Photo: Jenny Svennås-Gillner/SLU (Click for high resolution image, opens in new window)


Born: 1972
Family: Yes
Interests: It varies, but I like to exercise and learn new things.
About Örjan: ”Örjan Carlborg is a quoate machine, a chatterbox with refinement.”

“What consider the most fun in my work as a researcher is to create meeting places where people with different skills and experiences can solve common problems in new ways. As such interdisciplinary work often does not fit into the traditional academic environment, I want to work as a member of the Young Academy of Sweden to clarify the challenges of interdisciplinary science and contribute constructive solutions so that Sweden will in future be the best country in the world to pursue new groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research

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