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Current information Professor, University of Tartu and Egeen Inc. 23 Riia Street, IMCB University of Tartu Tartu, Estonia E-mail Nationality: EstonianEMBL information Postdoctoral Fellow Cortese Group Genome Biology From 1985 to 1985 Biography Hide biographyBiography: Date and place of birth: March 11, 1951, Estonia
Andres Metspalu received his M.D. at University of Tartu, Estonia in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1979 on the 5S RNA and 5.8 S RNA - protein interactions in the eukaryotic ribosome. In 1981-1982 he was an IREX fellow at Columbia University and at Yale University. Upon his return to Tartu University, he established a new laboratory, and was the head of the laboratory from 1984. In 1986 he was appointed to the position of scientific director of Estonian Biocentre and in 1992 he was elected as professor of biotechnology at University of Tartu. Having received fellowships from FEBS, EMBO, DAAD, HUGO he has worked short periods at MPI of Molecular Genetics in Berlin, EMBL in Heidelberg and University of Hamburg. In 1993-1994 he was a visiting professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA working on micro arrays with Dr. Tom Caskey and in 2000 he was elected for a visiting scientist position at WHO International Agency of Research on Cancer in Lyon, France.
His main scientific interests are human molecular and population genetics and DNA array technology.
Andres Metspalu has received twice the Estonian Scientific Award (1980 and 2003). He has received the Order of The Red Gross (III) from the Estonian President in 2001 and Prix de la Garantie Medicale et Chirurgicale in 2002. He is board member of European Society of Human Genetics, steering committee member of European Science Foundation Functional Genomics Program and member of several other professional societies, expert groups and supervising councils. He has founded two biotech companies in Estonia and was one of the initiators of the Estonian Genome Project
Andres Metspalu has published more than 60 scientific articles and chapters and has held many invited lectures at international scientific meetings.