SciLifeLab has appointed genetics researcher Tuuli Lappalainen director of the National genomics infrastructure (NGI). Tuuli will also become a professor at the KTH School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health and will assume office on May 15.
“I am excited. The scientific community over there is fantastic – at SciLifeLab, KTH and at the department. There is really top-notch science going on in genomics and genetics and fantastic methods and technology are being developed, that are driving the field forward. There is also a larger scientific community that is exciting”, says Tuuli Lappalainen, in a news article from KTH.
“I am thrilled that we have managed to attract Tuuli Lappalainen to Sweden. She is very eminent within her field of genetics and comes with excellence in an area of competence that we are lacking today, says Joakim Lundeberg, professor in Gene Technology and current director of NGI.
Tuuli Lappalainen is an experienced researcher, with several publications in scientific journals such as Nature and Science, and has, up until now, been leading a research lab at the New York Genome Center. She is also an associate professor at the Department of Systems Biology at Columbia University. Her research focuses on genetic variation in the human populations and the aim is to discover how genetic differences among people contribute to differences in traits and disease risk and to map the cellular mechanisms that mediate these associations.
Besides doing research in her own lab, she has collaborated internationally with a vast field of researchers and has had a major role in several large, international research consortia. She will be keeping her connection with the New York Genome Center by continuing as an associate faculty member.
“For me, the combination of being a professor, running a research lab, doing academic research and also running NGI is a way of contributing to the academic world and also providing top notch resources for, especially, the Swedish genomics community”, says Tuuli Lappalainen.
Photo: Christian Lönnholm/Camilla Breiler/Sabina Fabrizi, KTH