Leena Peltonen - Curriculum vitae#


EDUCATION
  • M.D., University of Oulu 1976
  • Ph.D., University of Oulu 1978
  • Docent in Cell Biology, University of Oulu 1982
  • Docent in Molecular Genetics, University of Helsinki 1991

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • M.D., Ph.D. Student, Collagen Research Unit , University of Oulu, Finland 1973 – 1976
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biochemistry ,Rutgers Medical School, NJ, USA 1978 – 1980
  • Acting Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, University of Oulu, Finland 1981 – 1984
  • Senior Scientist of The Academy of Finland, Recombinant DNA Laboratory, University of Helsinki 1985 – 1986
  • Head of the Laboratory, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, National Public Health Institute, Finland 1987 – 1991
  • Professor of Molecular Biology, Director of the Molecular Biology Program, National Public Health Institute 1991 – 1994
  • Professor, University of Helsinki and National Public Health Institute 1995 – 1998
  • Chairman and Professor of Department of Human Genetics, UCLA 1998 – 2002
  • Professor of Medical Genetics and Molecular Medicine, University of Helsinki and National Public Health Institute, Finland 2002 – 2003
  • Academy Professor, the Academy of Finland 2003 –

SEVERAL POSITIONS HELD IN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES INCLUDE:

  • Chairman of the Finnish Connective Tissue Society 1984 – 1985
  • Chairman, Finnish Society of Medical Genetics 1990 – 1992
  • European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Member 1991
  • Human Genome Organization, Member of the International Council 1991 – 1998
  • European Society of Human Genetics, Member of the Council 1992 – 2000
  • National Academy of Sciences, Finland, Member 1993 –
  • Hereditary Disease Foundation, Scientific Advisory Board Member 1999 – 2002
  • European Academy of Sciences (Academiae Europeae), Member 1999 –
  • American Society of Human Genetics, Member, Board of Directors 2001 – 2004
  • European Society of Human Genetics, President 2004 – 2005
  • Societas Scienterum Fennica, Member 2002 –
  • Chair, Populations and Public Health Strategy Committee, Wellcome Trust 2004
  • HUGO – President 2005 -
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board of European Research Council 2005 -

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND FUNCTIONS IN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE:

  • Chairman of the Medical Research Council of Finland (Academy of Finland) 1995 – 1997
  • EURESCO Scientific Steering Committee, Member 1996 – 1998
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institutet,
  • Stockholm, Sweden, Member 1996 –
  • Chairman of the European Medical Research Council 1996 – 1998
  • Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland, Member 1996 – 1998
  • CSC of Finland (Center of Scientic Computing), Member of the Board 1995 – 1998
  • International Bioethics Committee, UNESCO, Member 1998 – 2003
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Genome Research Programme, Foundation for Strategic Research, Sweden, Member 1999 –
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Finnish Genome Center, University of Helsinki, Member 2000 – 2002
  • International Advisory Board, SWEGENE, Sweden, Member 2000 – 2004
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Marshfield Medical Research and
  • Education Foundation’s Medicine Program, Member 2001 – 2002
  • Scientific Advisory Board of UK Biobanks, Member 2001 –
  • Chair, International Jury of the Netherlands Genome Initiative 2001 – 2003
  • Member, Board of Genetics Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation 2001 –
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Shanghai Genome Center, Member 2002 –
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Genome Canada, Member 2002 – 2003
  • Board of Publicly Funded Population Projects in Genomics (P3G) 2004 –

EDITORIAL BOARD ACTIVITIES IN SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS:

  • Member of the Editorial Board: Psychiatric Genetics 1989 –
  • Molecular and Cellular Probes 1990 – 2002
  • European Journal of Human Genetics 1991 – 2004
  • Human Mutation 1991 – 2004
  • American Journal of Medical Genetics 1992 –
  • Biological Chemistry 1994 – 2000
  • Human Molecular Genetics 1994 – 2004
  • Genome Research 1995 – 1999
  • Gene Function & Disease 2000 –
  • Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 2000 –
  • Current Opinion in Genetics & Development 2000 –
  • Editor-in-Chief: Annals of Medicine 1990 – 1994

PRIZES AND AWARDS:

  • The Antoine Marfan Award (The National Marfan Foundation, USA) 1992
  • The Anders Jahre Prize for young scientist, Poul Astrup Prize 1992
  • Matti Äyräpää Prize 1993
  • Woman of the Year (Finland) 1994
  • Lennox K. Black Prize (Thomas Jefferson University, USA) 1996
  • Mauro Bachirotto Prize (European Society of Human Genetics) 1997
  • Gordon & Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Human Genetics-UCLA 1999
  • Honorary Doctor of Medicine, University of Uppsala, Sweden, Millennium Promotion 2000
  • Ribicoff Lecturer, Yale University, Naomi M. Kanof Clinical Investigator Award Lectureship,
  • The Society for Investigative Dermatology, USA 2001
  • Abbott Award of Molecular diagnostics, International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine 2002
  • The Margaret Pittman Lectureship Award, National Institute of Health, USA 2004
  • Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, University of Joensuu, Finland 2004
ORIGINAL SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS AND Ph.D. THESIS SUPERVISION:
  • 407 original publications and 61 review articles in international scientific journals and books.
  • Supervised 61 Ph.D. theses


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