University of Helsinki
Seppo Meri, MD, PhD
Seppo Meri is Professor of Immunology at the Medical Faculty, University of Helsinki, Finland and the Chief Physician of Research in Microbiology at HUSLAB, laboratory of the Helsinki University Hospital. He is also a visiting professor at the Humanitas University, Milan, Italy. His medical speciality is in Clinical Microbiology. He served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas in 1988 and in 1989–90 as an EMBO fellow at MRC, Cambridge, UK. His research interests include diseases related to disturbances in complement regulation, the role of complement in kidney disorders, pregnancy complications, vascular damage and reasons for increased susceptibility to microbial infections. He has published ≈ 250 original research articles and 130 reviews or textbook chapters on complement, autoimmunity and microbial escape. He has been the President of the Scandinavian Society for Immunology 2001-2007 and the Secretary General of the International Union of Immunological Sciences 2010-2016. He is a Member of the Finnish National Academy of Sciences since 2009.