Irma Thesleff is the Professor of the Year

By its selection, the Finnish Union of University Professors wanted to focus on the significance of the current research in developmental biology.

Thesleff The Professor of the Year is elected each year by the Board of the Finnish Union of University Professors. The Union wanted to focus on the significance of current research in developmental biology.

Professor Irma Thesleff is the Research Director at the Institute of Biotechnology’s Developmental Biology Research Program. The Program employs approximately 60 scientists and is one of the Centres of Excellence nominated by the Academy of Finland.

Professor Thesleff studies the regulation of tissue development and intercellular communication using tooth development as a model. She is regarded as the leading scientist in the development of teeth and other organs with a similar development pattern.

In her acceptance speech, Thesleff stressed the importance of adequate tenures for research scientists. According to her, reaching the top of the international level and staying there is more than a fulltime job.

Professor Thesleff has been honoured with a number of major awards, including the prestigious Anders Jahre Prize in Medicine from Oslo University and the Helsinki City Science Prize.

Text: Simo Salmela
Photo: Ari Aalto
20.1.2005
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Translation: Valtasana Oy

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