FIMM Community & Management

Approximately 270 researchers, coordinators and laboratory and IT experts work together at FIMM to advance our scientific goals.
FIMM spirit

For us at FIMM, a vibrant work atmosphere, positive attitude and strong support within a local community are essential. We understand the importance of wellbeing and work to foster it through approaches such as peer mentoring, soft skills training and group retreats. We value an open and transparent management culture in which all employees are encouraged to voice their opinions. The aim of our regular informal institute meetings is to keep our staff well-informed about future developments and to give everyone a chance to participate in the dialogue. The FIMM Student and Postdoc Council and the FIMMPOD programme have proven to be great ways to support our doctoral students, postdocs, coordinators and senior researches and to build team spirit within this community. 

FIMM key figures
FIMM staff

Approximately 270 researchers, coordinators and laboratory and IT experts work together at FIMM to advance our scientific goals. Most of our staff members work in scientific roles. Our research is delivered by these talented scientists, ranging from research directors and group leaders, through senior researchers, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral students and research assistants. Both our researchers and external customers rely on the support and expertise provided by our research support personnel, many of whom are also Ph.D. level scientists. 

Our working environment is both multidisciplinary and international. Our staff members hold expertise in many different scientific disciplines, the majority having a biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics or medical background. They also come from all over the world:  In September 2020, a third of our personnel was international, representing 28 different nationalities.

Our sense of community makes us strong.

Samuli Ripatti, Dir­ector of FIMM

Samuli Ripatti was appointed the FIMM Director with effect from May 1, 2023. Ripatti is an internationally recognised and distinguished researcher in human genetics whose educational background is in statistics. Throughout his career, his research focus has been on applying and developing biostatistical methods to address scientific questions in medical and population genetics. He has served as Vice Director of FIMM for four years. In 2013, Ripatti was appointed Professor of Biometry at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Helsinki. Furthermore, he is the director of the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Complex Disease Genetics.


Vice Dir­ector 

Dr. Elisabeth Widén is the Vice Director of FIMM. She supports the FIMM Director in the development of FIMM as a whole, and in the absence or disqualification of the Director acts as his deputy. 


Administration team

The FIMM Admin Team supports the Director of FIMM and the entire staff in daily activities as well as in the management and development of the Institute.

FIMM Scientific Advisory Board

FIMM SAB 1 Janu­ary 2023 – 31 Decem­ber 2026


Professor Cornelia van Duijn, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam (NL)


  • Professor Carl-Henrik Heldin, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Scientific director and professor, Nadia Rosenthal, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, US, and Imperial College London, UK
  • Professor Ramnik Xavier, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, US
  • Professor Anant Madabhushi, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA
  • Professor Pasi Jänne, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, US
  • Professor Nuria Lopez Bigas, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, Spain
  • Group leader Jan Korbel, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg, Germany

The FIMM SAB consists of seven internationally recognized experts in the institute's fields of research and technological activities. 

SAB visits FIMM every two years. Based on the visit and documentation provided beforehand, the SAB prepares an evaluation report.