Academy Professor (MD, PhD) Olli Kallioniemi has been appointed as the Director of the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) for a five-year period starting December 1, 2007. Since 2002 Kallioniemi has been Research Director of the Medical Biotechnology Centre of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in Turku.
Olli Kallioniemi received his MD (1985) and PhD (1988) at the University of Tampere, Finland. He has been employed in various research positions in the USA over an eleven year period. In 1996-2002 he was Section Head at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland.
In 2004 Kallioniemi was nominated as Professor of the Academy of Finland. He is now the Director of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Translational Genome-Scale Biology which involves researchers from VTT and the Universities of Helsinki and Turku. Upon his nomination to the FIMM Directorship, the research within the Centre of Excellence in Turku will continue and will be linked with FIMM by a cooperation agreement between the parties.
Olli Kallioniemi’s own research is focussed on the molecular mechanisms of breast and prostate cancer. Kallioniemi and his research group have developed technologies (such as comparative genomic hybridization and tissue microarrays), which facilitate translation of genomic research towards diagnostics and therapeutic applications. These methods are now widely used worldwide.
According to Dr. Kallioniemi, FIMM provides a unique and interesting opportunity with several challenges: FIMM is expected to be a high-profile scientific research institute, but also contribute to future clinical applications and industrial benefits. “In a small country like Finland this is possible only by an intense collaboration between the parties involved. For the first time research institutes operating under three different Ministries will be affiliated with the same effort” states Kallioniemi.
Academy Professor Olli Kallioniemi
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