Toivo Maimets#

Toivo Maimets
Membership Number:2277
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:ESTONIA

Present and Previous Positions

  • since 2008 Director, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Unversity of Tartu, (Estonia)
  • since 1992 Professor of Cell Biology, Unversity of Tartu, (Estonia)
  • 2001–2007 Director, National Centre of Excellence for Gene and Environmental Technologies, Unversity of Tartu, (Estonia)
  • 2006–2007 Visiting Professor, University of Newcastle, (United Kingdom)
  • 2003–2005 Minister of Education and Research, Republic of Estonia, (Estonia)
  • 1999–2003 Director, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, (Estonia)
  • 1995–1998 Vice-rector for Research and Development, University of Tartu, (Estonia)
  • 1993–1995 Dean, Faculty of Biology and Geography, University of Tartu, (Estonia)
  • 1986–1992 Secretary for Science Estonian Biocentre, (Estonia)
  • 1985–1989 post-doc and Research Scientist, Marie Curie Cancer Research Institute, (United Kingdom)
  • 1978–1986 technician and research scientist, University of Tartu, (Estonia)

Fields of Scholarship
  • Cell biology
  • Cancer
  • Stem cells
  • Bioethics
  • Characterization of intracellular signal transduction pathways responsible for cell cycle regulation, DNA damage control and tumorigenesis
  • Molecular mechanisms governing cell developmental potency
  • Methods for screening low-molecular-weight compounds
  • Mechanisms of AHR-dependent regulation of cell pluripotency
  • Development of miRNA replacement therapy methods

Honours and Awards
  • Member, Research, Innovation and Science Policy Expert (RISE) High-level Group, (European Commission, Brussels)
  • Member, European Research and Innovation Area Board (ERIAB, Brussels)
  • Member, Estonian Research Council Governing Board
  • Estonian Biotechnology Association, Member of the Board
  • European Medicines Agency, Committee of Advanced Therapies (London), member
  • European Molecular Biology Conference (Heidelberg), president(2010)
  • Tartu City Council, member
  • Tartu University Centre of Ethics, Chairman of the Board (2009)
  • Academia Europea, Member
  • European Association for Cancer Research, Member
  • American Association for Cancer Research, Member

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