Professor Jesper Tegnér

Principal Investigator

Professor of Bioscience and Computer Science


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Research Interests

​In our laboratory we mainly perform single cell genomics analysis of cells. We use cell culture experiments, and RNA expression analysis. RNAseq, ATACseq, proteomics, and PCR techniques are examples of techniques used. This analysis, generating and reading parts of living cells, is coupled with perturbations such as shRNAi, CRISPR/cas9, and live cell imaging for monitoring. Read more...

Selected Publications

Representative Journals where we publish (year of publication)

Bioinformatics (2005, 2012, 2013, 2017)

BMC Bioinformatics (2006, 2007, 2009, 2016)

BMC Systems Biology (2009, 2011, 2014)

Briefings in Bioinformatics (2015)

Bioinformatics (2005, 2013, 2017)

Cell (2010)

Cell Systems (2017)

Cerebral Cortex (2007)

Current Opinion in Systems Biology (2017)

Epigenetics (2013, 2014)

Frontiers in Immunology (2016, 2017)

Genomics (2007, 2008)

Genome Medicine (2009, 2011)

IET Systems Biology (2009)

International Journal of Approximate Reasoning (2007)

Journal of Autoimmunity (2013)

Journal of Machine Learning Research (2007, 2009)

Journal of Complex Networks (2015)

Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (2005)

Multiple Sclerosis Journal (2015, 2016, 2017)

Nature Genetics (2009)

Nature Methods (2016)

Nature Communications (2015)

Nucleic Acid Research (2011, 2012, 2017)

PLoS Genetics (2009)

PNAS (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2017)

PLoS Computational Biology (2008, 2017)

PLoS One (2013, 2014, 2016)

Pattern Recognition Letters (2005)

Physical Review E (2017)

Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology (2016)

Science (2005)

Scientific Reports (2014,2015,2016,2017)

Trends in Genetics (2007)


​Professor Tegnér holds:

  • 3 separate undergraduate degrees (Medical School, Läkarlinjen, KI, MSc Mathematics, MSc Philosophy)
  • 2 years full-time PhD courses in pure and applied mathematics
  • 3 international summer schools (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkley, California; Methods in Computational Neuroscience, Woods Hole; Non-linear Dynamics in Physiology and Medicine, Montreal, McGill, Canada)
  • PhD/MD September 1997 Medicine, Karolinska Institute

Professional Profile

​Jesper is a Professor of Bioscience and Computer Science at King Abdullah University of Sciences and Technology and Adjunct Chaired Strategic Professor of Computational Medicine at Karolinska Institute.
He obtained the rank of chaired full professor 4.5 years after his PhD (1997).
In 1998 he was recruited as an Assistant Prof Computer Science Dept. of Computer Science and Numerical Analysis, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Taking a leave of absence, he was a visiting Scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow (Boston, USA) on a Wennergren 5-year research Fellowship, 1998-2001 & he was also awarded a Research Fellowship position from the Alfred P Sloan Foundation (USA).
Assistant Prof Computer Science 2001-2002 from which Dr. Tegnér was recruited to the first Chaired Full Professorship in Computational Biology (Dept. of Physics) in Sweden 4.5 years (February 2002) after completing his PhD.
Since January 2010 he is a Strategic Professor Computational Medicine at Center for Molecular Medicine, Director for the Unit of Computational Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, Solna Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital. As of 2014 he is Faculty Member of Science for Life Laboratories, Stockholm.
He is an acting Section Editor on Clinical and Translational Systems Biology in Current Opinion on Systems Biology, Senior Editor in Progress in Preventive Medicine, and serves on the editorial Boards for BMC Systems Biology and Neurology: Neuroinflammation & Neurodegeneration. He is a fellow in the European society for Preventive Medicine. He is the founder of two BioIT companies.

H-index >40, Citations >10 000


  • Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, 1998 Wenner Green Research Fellow, 1998
  • Vinnova Innovation Price for launching the most promising company of the year, 2005
  • Winner of DREAM network reverse engineering competition, 2008
  • ERA (External Research Assessment) Outstanding (highest distinction) Investigator Karolinska Institute, 2012
  • ERC (consolidator) co-investigator, 2014

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​
  • Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences & Engineering (CEMSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Single cell genomic analysis Artificial intelligence Live cell imaging Stem cell biology Dynamical systems Machine learning Neuroscience Collective computation Systems biology Natural computation Bioinformatics

"KAUST shall be a beacon for peace, hope and reconciliation, and shall serve the people of the Kingdom and the world."

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 1924 – 2015

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