Martin Rosvall was born in Uppsala in 1978 and grew up in Sävar, north of Umeå. He studied engineering physics at Umeå University and attained a doctoral degree at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. After his dissertation in 2006, he did a two-year postdoc at the Department of Biology at the University of Washington in Seattle, and since 2009 he is back in Umeå. In 2011 he became an Associate Professor.
He is passionate about research across departmental boundaries and has helped build IceLab, an interdisciplinary and creative environment at Umeå University.