University of Turku
Riitta Lahesmaa, M.D., Ph.D. is Academy Professor of the Academy of Finland and the Director of Turku Bioscience Centre, Turku, Finland since 1998. She is the Co-Director of BioCity Turku Centre for Life Span Research.
Dr. Lahesmaa received her M.D. and Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Turku. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University Medical Center and a Principal Scientist at Roche Bioscience in Palo Alto, California. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard Medical School , Stanford University and UCSF. She founded and directed Turku Centre for Systems Biology 2000-2015 and has been vice-director of The Academy of Finland CoE in Systems Immunology and Physiology.
Dr. Lahesmaa’s research is focused on molecular systems immunology and aims at understanding molecular mechanisms of type 1 diabetes and other human immune mediated diseases. Her studies have resulted in the identification of novel molecular mechanisms and new regulators of T cell functions.
She is the president of the Finnish Society of Immunology. She has published > 200 original papers and reviews and has several issued patents and patent applications. She has been since 2012 an elected member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.