Per Ahlberg Uppsala University, Sweden
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Per moved to Britain as a teenager and eventually studied Zoology at the University of Cambridge. He stayed there for a PhD focusing on porolepiform fishes, an extinct group related to modern lungfishes. In 1989 he moved to the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and then in 1994 to the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum in London where he got his first permanent position as a Researcher in vertebrate palaeontology. In 2003, Per returned to Sweden to take up a newly created Professorship in Evolutionary Organismal Biology at Uppsala University, a position he still holds today, and establish a research group integrating vertebrate palaeontology, developmental biology and genomics. In 2012 he was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Per’s research focuses on the early morphological, genomic and developmental evolution of vertebrates, from their origin up to the fish-tetrapod transition.