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Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics

We use information technology and genetics to contribute to the knowledge of biological diversity, the natural environment, and the planet we live on.

Research at the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics

We study genetic diversity within and between species, and how different organisms are related based on DNA analyses of living and fossil specimens. The analyses help us understand how different species evolve and how they are affected by environmental changes, such as climate change and human activities.

We also develop statistical methods for evolutionary analyses. Our programs, MrBayes and RevBayes, are widely used in biological and medical research.


Vi hiälper forskare. beslutsfattare och allmänhet att samla, bearbeta och analysera data om jorden och dess livsmiljõer. På enheten finns SBDI, Swedish Biodiversity Data Infrastructure som ansvarar för den svenska noden av GBIF.




We help scientists, policy makers and the general public to gather, process and analyse data about the Earth and its living environments. We host the Swedish node of GBIF External link., the world's largest source of information on biodiversity.

We are also responsible for Naturforskaren External link., information on animals and plants, Naturarv External link., portal to Swedish natural history collections, and The Swedish DNA key External link., gene-based species identification.

DNA Laboratory

We help researchers sequence the DNA of animals and plants, and to analyse the genetic information that results. This can involve reconstructing evolution over long time periods or inferring short-termprocesses at the species level.

Genetic data can also be used for species identification and ecological studies, see Centre for Genetic Identification External link. (not yet available in English). We have access to modern laboratories equipped for many types of analyses.


Head of Department

Knud Jønsson

Knud Jønsson | Head of Department


Karin Letmark | Secretary

Mailing address

Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics
Swedish Museum of Natural History
Box 50007
SE-104 05 Stockholm

Visiting Address

Frescativägen 48

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