My main scientific interest lies in analysing genetic data with evolutionary and population genetic methods to learn more about the evolutionary history of species.

As my study system I use crop plants. Not only are crop plants of utmost importance to human sustenance, they have also experienced very rapid evolution since the time of their domestication.

 bild på Jenny HagenbladIn my research I want to track the spread of crop plants from their origin of domestication, learn more about historical seed exchange, and understand how crop plants have adapted to the climate change they have been experienced as agriculture has spread the crops to novel environments.

Before coming to Linköping University I did my PhD at the Department of genetics at Lund University, followed by postdocs at Edinburgh University and Uppsala University. I have also held an Assistant Professorship at Uppsala University and an Associate Professorship at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. During this time I also worked with various research questions in Arabidopsis thaliana, Arabidopsis lyrata and the Scandinavian wolf population.


I teach subjects close to my research interests. I am the main teacher and examiner on the courses in Genetics and Evolution to Biology and Chemical Biology students, teacher students with a Biology profile and the students on the Biotechnology profile of the Industrial Economy programme. In addition, I give lectures in Population Genetics and Molecular Genetics in other courses.



Mia Lempiäinen-Avci, Maria Lundström, Sanna Huttunen, Matti W. Leino, Jenny Hagenblad

Archaeological and Historical Materials as a Means to Explore Finnish Crop History

In Environmental Archaeology

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Maria Lundström, Matti W. Leino, Jenny Hagenblad

Evolutionary history of the NAM-B1 gene in wild and domesticated tetraploid wheat

In BMC Genetics

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Jenny Hagenblad, Jacob Morales, Matti W. Leino, Amelia C. Rodríguez-Rodríguez

Farmer fidelity in the Canary Islands revealed by ancient DNA from prehistoric seeds

In Journal of Archaeological Science

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