I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Iceland, graduating as a biologist in June 1999 with emphasis on molecular biology.
I then went on to do my Ph.D. training in molecular genetics in the laboratories of Dr. Eiríkur Steingrímsson at the University of Iceland and Dr. Heinz Arnheiter at the National Institutes of Health. During my training I used molecular methods and transgenic animals to shed light on the importance of post-translational modifications in animal development and evolution.
I have since February 2005 worked at the Agricultural University of Iceland where my research has focused on adaptation of agriculture to the northern periphery using molecular methods on ancient and modern samples, as well as conventional phenotyping in both plants and animals.
Through the years I have taught several courses including introductory courses to genetics and cell biology at the Agricultural University of Iceland, as well as a bioinformatics course at the University of Iceland. Although doing most of my teaching at these two universities I have also taught at other universities and institutions.
During my carrier I have supervised several students doing B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. projects as well as summer students.