Markus Perola, MD, PhD, Research Professor - National Institute of Health and Welfare, Finland


Dr. Perola is a Research Professor and leader of the Quantitative Genetics-group at the National Institute of Health and Welfare, Finland and a visiting professor in University of Tartu, Estonian Genome Center, Estonia. He is leading a multi-national research team focusing on the genomics and other omics in relevance to common human traits and diseases. Dr. Perola is the coordinator for the FP7 biobanking infrastructure project BBMRI-LPC and participating and an active member in several large international genetic consortium studies such as BioSHaRE, BBMRI, ENGAGE, GenomEUtwin, GEHA, MIMOmics and MORGAM. He has initiated and run for a long time the KTL/THL DNA repository. Dr. Perola is also a section editor for the European Journal of Human Genetics and an active organizer and lecturer for several international courses concentrating on the analyses of genetic data. He is the vice-president of the coordinating ethical board of the Helsinki University hospital. He has supervised 10 PhD theses. His publication list includes over 240 original articles in leading genetic and cardiovascular journals (h-index 60 (Web of Science)). His studies have from been focusing on the genetics of common disorders and traits. Dr. Perola is also a practicing physician in Helsinki Western Emergency Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.