Janna Saarela, M.D., Ph.D., is Research Director of FIMM and Head of the FIMM Technology Centre as of 2009. Janna Saarela received her M.D. in 1996, her Ph.D. in 1998 and has been a resident at the University Hospital of Oulu and the Hospital for Children and Adolescents, Helsinki University Central Hospital. She worked as a post doctoral fellow at the National Public Health Institute, Finland (1998) and at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dept. Human Genetics (1998-2000). She served as Senior Researcher, Head of the biotechnology unit, National Public Health Institute, 2000-2008. She set up the Biomedicum Biochip Center core unit in 2001 and co-coordinated the unit, 2001- 2008. Janna Saarela is Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki in Medical Molecular Genetics (2008). In 2008 she was awarded the Kappa Delta Elisabeth Winston Lanier award for outstanding orthopaedic research. Her current research interest is focused on Human Immune Disorders. She serves as scientific expert in several international groups i.e EU-LIFE, International MS Genetics consortium (IMSGC) and is involved in European expert groups for clinical NGS sequencing.