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Group Leader

Secretaries

  • Helena Pernu (Financial affairs)
  • Marjo-Riitta Salminkoski

Senior Scientists, Docents

  • Aavik, Einari, PhD
  • Laakkonen, Johanna, PhD
  • Korpisalo-Pirinen, Petra, MD, PhD
  • Turunen, Mikko, PhD

 Post-doctoral Fellows 

  • Heikura, Tommi, PhD
  • Jauhiainen, Suvi, PhD
  • Laham-Karam, Nihay, PhD
  • Lähteenvuo, Johanna, MD, PhD
  • Mäkinen, Petri, PhD
  • Nieminen, Tiina, PhD
  • Schenkwein, Diana, PhD
  • Toivanen, Pyry, PhD

PhD Students, Researchers

  • Alasaarela, Laura
  • Belt, Heini
  • Budikote Venkatappa, Mohan Babu
  • Downes, Nicholas
  • Gurzeler, Erika
  • Halonen, Paavo
  • Hassinen, Iiro
  • Holappa, Lari
  • Huuhtanen, Tuomas
  • Hytönen, Elisa
  • Hytönen, Jarkko
  • Hätinen, Olli-Pekka
  • Karvonen, Anni
  • Kettunen, Sanna
  • Kokki, Emmi
  • Kolari, Ida-Liisa
  • Kuivanen, Antti
  • Laidinen, Svetlana
  • Laine, Anssi
  • Laitinen, Johannes
  • Laitinen, Piia
  • Lappalainen, Jari
  • Liu, Oscar
  • Lumivuori, Henri
  • Mushimiyimana, Isidore
  • Niskanen, Henri
  • Nousiainen, Alisa
  • Nurro, Jussi
  • Olsson, Venla
  • Pajula, Juho
  • Parviainen, Viktor
  • Pulkkinen, Heidi
  • Rissanen, Riina
  • Taavitsainen, Jouni
  • Tarvainen, Santeri
  • Tirronen Annakaisa
  • Thota, Durga
  • Tuppurainen, Laura
  • Turunen, Tiia
  • Valkama, Anniina
  • Valkama, Teemu
  • Valkonen, Elina
  • Vuorio, Taina
  • Väänänen, Mari-Anna
  • Wirth, Galina

Senior Technicians 

  • Järveläinen, Sari
  • Koponen, Tiina
  • Martikainen, Anne
  • Mähönen, Maarit
  • Salonen, Tuula

SEPPO YLÄ-HERTTUALA DETAILS
Professor, MD, PhD

Current Positions

  • Academy Professor
  • Professor of Molecular Medicine
  • Director of Biocenter Kuopio
  • National Director EU EATRIS-ERIC infrastructure network
  • Director of National Virus Vector Laboratory

Contact Information

University of Eastern Finland
A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences
Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine
P.O. Box 1627
FI-70211 Kuopio
Finland

E-mail: seppo.ylaherttuala(at)uef.fi
Mobile phone +358 40 355 2075

Academic Degrees

  • B.Med., University of Tampere 1978
  • Licentiate of Medicine, University of Tampere 1982
  • Ph.D. (Medicine), University of Tampere 1987

Major Positions and Appointments

  • Research Associate, University of Tampere 1983-1985
  • Research Assistant, Academy of Finland 1985-1988
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego, USA 1988-1991 (Dr. Daniel Steinberg and Dr. Joseph Witztum)
  • Senior Lecturer in Medical Biochemistry, University of Tampere 1991-1995
  • Junior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland 1991-1992
  • Senior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland 1992-1995
  • Professor (Molecular Medicine) A.I. Virtanen Institute 1995 -
  • Research Professor of Academy of Finland 2005-2020
  • Visiting Professor, Salk Institute, Laboratory of Genetics (Prof. Inder Verma), USA 2005-2006
  • Director, Biocenter Kuopio 2008 -
  • ESGCT President 2010-2012
  • Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Therapy (Official Journal of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy) 2015-2019
  • Chairman of the Board, Biocenter Oulu 2011-2015
  • Chairman of the ERC grant panel LS7 2012-2013 and 2015-
  • Director and Chairman of the Board of Biocenter Finland 2011-2013
  • 2010-2012 Chairman, Biocenter Finland, University of Helsinki
  • 2010-2015 Vice Chairman and Board Member, Instrumentarium Science Foundation
  • 2011-2017 Chairman and Board Member, Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu
  • 2011-2014 Deputy Member of Board, Institute for Molecular Medicine Helsinki, Finland (FIMM)
  • 2014-2015 Member, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, Nominating Committee
  • 2014-2016 Chairman, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, Cardiovascular Committee
  • 2015-2017 Chairman and Board Member, Instrumentarium Science Foundation

Major Research Interests

  • VEGF biology and therapeutic angiogenesis, pathogenesis and treatment of atherosclerosis and other vascular and ischemic diseases. Lentiviral, AAV and adenoviral technology, gene therapy, epigenetherapy.