Besides her duties in the national center management, Lena Claesson-Welsh will also be responsible for the activities at the Uppsala node.
”I am deeply impressed with the very successful establishment of the SciLifeLab since its start in 2010, and I am proud to have the opportunity to both manage and develop it further,” says Lena Claesson-Welsh.
Lena Claesson-Welsh is Professor in Medical Biology at Uppsala University and her research focuses mainly on vascular biology – the formation of blood vessels in the body.
”It is a research area which connects the clinic with basic biology research and industry, which makes it a very dynamic and applied research environment that I appreciate,” says Lena Claesson-Welsh.
Lena Claesson-Welsh has extensive previous managerial experience, in particular from her time as Head of the Department for Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, which is one of the largest departments at Uppsala University. Since 1996, she is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy, class of medicine, and since 2014 a member of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters.
Lena Claesson-Welsh has been active within SciLifeLab since 2011 when she established the Biological Visualization (BioVis) unit. The unit provides researchers with state of the art instrumentation and expertise in flow cytometry and microscopy. She currently serves as Director for BioVis, and is also a member of the SciLifeLab faculty and affiliates her research with SciLifeLab.
”I am very interested in creative research environments and have been involved in SciLifeLab’s activities, both through directing the work at BioVis, and by using other units in my own research. Now, I’m looking forward to contributing to the SciLifeLab management. I see great potential for the Site Director to provide strategic support to the research community, thereby promoting Swedish research to a world class level,” says Lena Claesson-Welsh.