I hold the Chair of Theoretical Biological Physics at KTH, and am currently the Director of the Department of Computational Biology at KTH. I was appointed Finland Distinguished Professor by the Academy of Finland in 2008, and will share my time between Stockholm and Helsinki for the next coming years. At KTH I am part of the Linnaeus Centre Autonomic Complex Communication Networks, Signals and Systems , funded by the Swedish Science Council 2006-2016.
I started my scientific career as an apprentice mathematical physicist, spending half a year in the lab of Mitchell Feigenbaum at Cornell and one and half year in the group of the late Claude Itzykson in Service de Physique Theorique at Saclay, France. I recieved my PhD thesis in the group of Stig Lundquist at Goteborg University in Sweden in 1989, and did a postdoc 1989-90 with Uriel Frisch at the Observatoire de Nice, France. Up to the late 90’ies I mainly worked on nonlinear dynamics, turbulence models, other issues in hydrodynamics and in mathematical finance; since then I have switched to biological physics/systems biology and interdisciplinary problems between physics and computer science.
My major positions before joining KTH in 2003 were Swedish Science Council researcher (1992-1998), Nordita Corresponding Fellow (1998-2001) and Swedish Institute of Computer Science senior researcher (2000-2003).
My family owns a summer house which once belonged to my grandfather Tage Aurell, a Swedish writer. One of my present hobbies is reading in his considerable, if somewhat eclectic, library. Another one, sadly neglected for many years, is learning new languages.
My mother, Elisabeth Aurell, now retired, was an ophthalmologist. My father, Mattias Aurell, also now retired, was Professor of Medicine at Goteborg University, and is a leading activist in lowering salt uptake in the Swedish diet. Both are in good health and spend a good deal of their time travelling.
My immediate family consists of my wife Beata and our three children, Alexander, born 1989, Nina, born 1991, and Mimmi, born 1999.