FIMM Think Different Seminars

The "Think Different" seminar series is organized by doctoral students at FIMM. For the series, researchers working on exciting new ideas are invited once a month to give a talk and hopefully encourage the audience to think different.

January 10, 2019

Dr. Kai Kaila, Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme, University of Helsinki, Finland

14:00-15:00, Lecture hall 3

Topic: "What’s wrong with the diseased brain?"


May 15, 2018

Dr. Wolfgang Sommergruber, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cancer Cell Signaling unit, Vienna, Austria

09:30-10:30, Lecture hall 2

Topic: "Tumor-stroma interaction and immune modulation"


March 29, 2018

Dr. Guillaume Lettre, Montreal Heart Institute, Université de Montréal, Canada

10:00-11:00, Lecture hall 3

Topic: "Blood cell genetics - an entry point into the ethology of multiple human diseases"


March 9, 2017

Dr. Manuel A. Rivas, School of Medicine at Stanford University, USA

10:00-11:00, Lecture hall 3

Topic: "Models, Tools, and Resources for genomic studies of diseases and other phenotypes across population biobanks and case-control studies"


February 9, 2016

Dr. Stephen Montgomery, School of Medicine at Stanford University, USA

10:00-11:00, Lecture hall 2

Topic: "Rare non-coding variants in individuals, families and populations"







October 9, 2015

Dr. Brendan Battersby, University of Helsinki, Finland

15:00-16:00, Lecture hall 3

Topic: "What makes a scientific breakthrough?"


September 21, 2015

Dr. Sreenivas Chavali

Postdoctoral researcher in Madan Babu's lab at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

Topic: "When nature stammers: Function, regulation and evolution of repeat containing proteins"

10:00-10:45, Seminar hall 3


August 24, 2015

Prof. Mark Daly, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA

Topic: "On research at Broad"











March 20

Dr. Roman Jerala, Professor of Biotechnology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Topic: "Designable modularity in synthetic biology: from design of cellular gene circuits to new protein folds"

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February 2, 2015

Dr. Caroline Dive, Professor of Pharmacology at Manchester University and Senior Group Leader at the University's Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, UK

Topic: ‘What use are circulating tumour cells in cancer research? Biomarkers? Biology? Tumour heterogeneity?  Mouse models?’

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The following seminars were held in 2014:

January 16

Dr. Sebastian Nijman, CeMM Principal investigator, CeMM Research center for Molecular Medicine, Vienna

Followed by 10min Student talk by Khalid Saeed (Group Olli Kallioniemi)

Topic: ‘Androgen receptor interacting protein HSPBAP1 facilitates growth of prostate cancer cells in androgen-deficient conditions’

February 20

Dr. Hadi Valadi, Gothenburg University

"Exosomes shuttle RNA between cells, a potential vector for delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids to cells"

Followed by 10min short talk by Maija Puhka with the title "Isolation and characterization of extracellular vesicles in Helsinki urological biobank".

March 26

FiDiPro Fellow Dr. Peter Horvath, ETH Zürich in Switzerland

"Life beyond the pixels: image analysis and machine learning methods for high-content imaging “

Followed by a short talk by Sami Blom on ''Multiplexed immunohistochemistry - a tool for tumor mapping".

April 23

Holger Lerche, the Hertie-Institut for Clinical Brain Research in Tübingen, Germany

"Mechanisms and therapeutic perspectives of genetic epilepsies and related disorders "

Followed by a short talk by Mikko Muona from Aarno Palotie’s group at FIMM on the topic "Exome sequencing in progressive myoclonus epilepsies".


October 30, 2014

Dr. Joe Pickrell, New York Genome Center

"Statistical and Population Genomics"

Followed by a Student talk by Himanshu Chheda (Group Ripatti) about whole-genome sequencing.




Balaguru Ravikumar
Bulat Zagidullin
Komal Kumar
Sarang Talwelkar


Alok Jaiswal
Anna Cichonska
Christian Benner
Meri Kaustio
Poojitha Ojamies
Prson Gautam

Last updated: 09.03.2019 - 15:48