Future scientists need strong and innovative education to be prepared for new insights in translational molecular medicine – to understand and advance bioinformatics, ‘omics technologies, genetics and precision medicine. To propagate these aims, FIMM staff is actively involved in undergraduate education and teaching, acting as lecturers or course organizers at the University of Helsinki and as invited speakers in other universities.
Education policy and strategy
FIMM researchers were actively involved in “the Big Wheel education reform” of the University of Helsinki, specifically in the planning of three new Master’s programs. Currently, FIMM has representatives on the Steering Groups of the Master’s programme in Life Science Informatics-ILS (Faculty of Science) and Master’s programme in Translational Medicine (Faculty of Medicine). In addition, FIMM is contributing to the new Master’s degree programme study track “Analytical and molecular health biosciences” (M.Sc program in Genetics and Molecular Biosciences, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) launched in 2018.
We are also constantly piloting new types of courses. During the past few years, we have been responsible for courses such as “Personalized Medicine and Big Data in Medicine”, organised in collaboration with SITRA and the Faculty of Medicine, “Big Data ja Tekoäly kliinisessä lääketieteessä” for medical students, "Personalized Medicine" for the TransMed students and "Principles of Bioscience Omics" .
FIMM also participates in undergraduate education by mentoring summer interns and M.Sc. theses, partnering in a multidisciplinary innovation course with Aalto University and organising student excursions to FIMM and Meilahti Biobank facilities.
If you wish to hear more of our activities, need a teacher with FIMM core expertise areas or if want to contribute as a teacher, please contact the undergraduate education coordinator Vilja Pietiäinen.