Martin Rosvall was born in 1978 in Uppsala, Sweden, and grew up in a small village north of Umeå, Sweden. He studied Engineering Physics at Umeå University and earned his PhD with a thesis about modeling information flows in complex systems from the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen in 2006. Then he conducted a postdoc in the biology department at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2009, he returned to Umeå and established his research group. In 2011, Martin became an associate professor, and in 2019, a professor of physics with a focus on computational science. He heads Integrated Science Lab, IceLab, an interdisciplinary hub with researchers from fields as diverse as mathematics, physics, ecology, biology, and computer science at Umeå University.