Prof. Riitta Lahesmaa, MD, PhD (Turku Centre for Biotechnology, Turku, Finland):
"Molecular mechanisms of human Th cell differentiation"
Riitta Lahesmaa, academy professor, M.D., Ph.D, is the Director of Turku Centre for Biotechnology, Turku, Finland since 1998, currently on leave of absence 2016-2020 during her Academy professorship. She is the Director of BioCity Turku Centre for Life Span Research and Vice Director of Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Molecular Systems Imunology and Physiology.
Dr. Lahesmaa's research is focused on molecular systems immunology and stem cell biology and aims at understanding molecular mechanism of type 1 diabetes and other human immune mediated diseases. Her studies have resulted in the identification of novel molecular mechanism and new regulators of T cell functions. Dr. Lahesmaa also aims at understanding the early immune response in children who develop type 1 diabetes to identify new biomarkers to improve predicting monitoring and early diagnosis of beginning of the disease process.
She has published over 200 original papers and reviews.
Host: Hannes Stockinger