Leading international researchers received by the University of Helsinki

The visiting professors are distinguished researchers in mathematics, linguistics, development and evolutionary biology, immunodeficiencies and autoimmune diseases.

Scott F. Gilbert The University of Helsinki received four out of the 12 professors in the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme (FiDiPro). The Finnish Academy programme enables the recruitment of internationally valued experts to Finland for a longer period.

Professor Scott F. Gilbert from the Swarthmore College, the United States, will join the Institute of Biotechnology in Viikki. Gilbert is one of the leading authorities in questions related to bioethics, vivisection, stem cells and cloning.

"At the same time, he is a development and evolution biologist, a wonderful researcher and a recognised teacher. In addition, he is an old friend of Finland, having co-operated with the University of Helsinki already from the times of Chancellor Lauri Saxén," says Mart Saarma, Director of the Institute of Biotechnology.

In Finland, Gilbert will continue his basic research, that is, mechanisms regulating the development of the turtle shell. The research results may untangle questions relating to, for example, the development of bones.

"Gilbert will operate actively on two campuses, the Institute of Biotechnology and the Biomedicum Centre for Medical Research and Training. In addition to research co-operation, his efforts will be remarkable both in doctoral training and Masters' programme training," says Saarma.

Other FiDiPro professors coming to the University of Helsinki will be: Tadeusz Iwaniec, leading researcher in mathematics from Syracuse University, the United States; Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen, recognised researcher in interactional linguistics and research into the sentence, from the University of Potsdam; and B. Matija Peterlin, specialised in research into both immunodeficiencies and autoimmune diseases, from the University of California.

Text: Sanna Agullana
25.6.2008
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Translation: AAC Noodi Oy


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