Three scientists, Alain Aspect, John F Clauser, and Anton Zeilinger, will share the Nobel Prize in Physics 2022 for their work on quantum mechanics. Hans Ellegren, Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, presented the award on Tuesday at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

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Who is Hans Ellegren?

Hans Ellegren, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Uppsala University was elected as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ new Secretary General in 2021. He succeeded Professor Göran K. Hansson at the turn of the year 2021–2022. Elle Green was born in 1962 in Gävle. He is 62 years old.

He was appointed professor of evolutionary biology at Uppsala University in 1998. In 1993, he received his doctorate from the Swedish University of Agriculture (SLU). He has held positions as department head, vice dean, and section dean at Uppsala University’s Faculty of Science and Technology.

Hans Ellegren has over 300 works published. His research group uses genomics and bioinformatics methods to investigate evolutionary biology questions.

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Ellegren is a member of the Royal The Scientific Society of Uppsala (since 2001), the Royal Academy of Sciences (KVA) (since 2010), the Norwegian Academy of Sciences (since 2015), and the European Molecular Biology Organization (since 2015).

He has served as the Royal Science Society of Uppsala’s permanent secretary since 2013. With the intention of encouraging the use of open quality registers for quality growth in research, he released the book “The Swedish research landscape”, which is a compilation of the results of applications filed to the Swedish Research Council.

Ellegren published the book ‘What is new and useful’ in 2019, which is about the introduction of natural science into Sweden at the beginning of the 18th century and the establishment of the country’s oldest learned society, Kungl. Vetenskaps-Societeten in Uppsala, in 1710. 

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Ellegreen’s primary research interests include genetics, evolutionary biology, microsatellites, genomes, and genes. His genetic marker, genetic linkage, autosome, genetic variation, and mutation rate studies are all genetics research topics. His biological research includes Genetic Speciation, Reproductive Isolation, Molecular Evolution, and Genomics.

His Microsatellite research incorporates issues from other fields, such as polymerase chain reaction, Mendelian inheritance, genotype, and loss of heterozygozity. His genome research is multidisciplinary, utilising both Zebra finch and DNA sequencing techniques. His research focuses on the intersection of Synteny and topics such as Whole genome sequencing and Sequence analysis.