Örjan Carlborg

Professor of Computational Genomics, Uppsala University

Örjan Carlborg earned his Ph.D. from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
in 2002 and then spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh’s
Roslin Institute. Before becoming Professor of Computational Genomics at Uppsala University
in 2017, he worked as a researcher at the Linnaeus Centre for Bioinformatics (Uppsala Univer-
sity) and was Senior Lecturer/Professor of Computational Genetics at SLU.

His research is on the genetics of complex traits. These are regulated by multiple genes and
environmental factors and include, for example, human diseases and agricultural production
traits. In particular, he studies how interactions between genes contribute to the phenotypes of
individuals and how populations respond to natural and artificial selection.

Carlborg has received an outstanding Ph.D. thesis award from the Royal Swedish Academy
of Agriculture and Forestry, a European Young Investigator Award from the European Science
Foundation, a Future Research Leader Award from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic
Research, the Balfour Lecture from the Genetics Society, United Kingdom, and was for five
years a member of the Young Academy of Sweden.

Carlborg has published extensively on complex trait genetics, including the following works of
particular relevance to his work at SCAS: Carlborg and Haley, Nature Reviews Genetics 5, no. 8
(2004):618–625; Carlborg et al., Nature Genetics 38 (2006):418–420; Shen et al., PLOS Genetics 8
(2012):e1002839; and Forsberg et al., Nature Genetics 49 (2017):497–503.

At SCAS, Carlborg will work on an interspecies synthesis of works on genetic interactions with
the aim of developing a framework to detect, model and predict such interactions in experimental

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2017-18.