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11.03.1951
737 5066
506 3088 (5066)
andres.metspalu@ut.ee

Career

Institutions and positions
01.01.2021–...   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Science and Technology, Institute of Genomics, Professor of Genomics and Biobanking (0,90)
01.01.2018–...   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Science and Technology, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Professor of Biotechnology (0,10)
08.12.2010–...   
Estonian Academy of Sciences, Academician (1,00)
01.09.1992–...   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Science and Technology, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Professor of Biotechnology (0,10)
01.06.2018–31.12.2020   
University of Tartu, Institute of Genomics, Research Professor of Genomics and Biobanking (0,90)
01.01.2018–31.05.2018   
University of Tartu, Institute of Genomics, Director (0,90)
01.01.2016–25.01.2017   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Science and Technology, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Head of Chair
01.01.2016–31.12.2017   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Science and Technology, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Professor of Biotechnology (0,10)
01.01.2013–31.12.2017   
University of Tartu, Estonian Genome Center , Director (0,90)
01.09.2012–30.09.2012   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Science and Technology (old), Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, Professor
01.01.2010–31.12.2012   
University of Tartu, Estonian Genome Center , Director (0,90)
01.02.2009–31.12.2009   
University of Tartu, Estonian Genome Center , Director (0,80)
2009–31.12.2016   
Competence Centre on Health Technologies, Board member (0,10)
01.01.2008–31.01.2009   
University of Tartu, Estonian Genome Center , Director (0,90)
01.01.2008–31.12.2015   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Science and Technology (old), Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, Head of Chair (0,10)
01.01.2008–31.12.2015   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Science and Technology (old), Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, Professor of Biotechnology (0,10)
01.01.2008–31.12.2015   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Science and Technology (old), Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, Academician (0,10)
01.04.2007–31.12.2007   
University of Tartu, Estonian Genome Center , Acting Director (0,10)
01.09.2006–31.12.2007   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Biology and Geography, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Head
01.01.2004–31.12.2007   
Estonian Genome Project, Member of the Board
01.09.2003–31.12.2007   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Biology and Geography, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Professor (1,00)
01.01.2002–31.12.2004   
EGeen International Inc., Foster City, CA, USA, Founder and Chief Scientific Office
01.01.1999–31.12.2000   
WHO International Agency for Research of Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France, The Visiting Scientist Award for 12 months
01.01.1999–01.01.2019   
Asper Biotech, Asper Biotech Ltd., Tartu, Estonia. Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board (1,00)
01.01.1996–31.12.2007   
Second appointment as Head of Molecular Diagnostics Centre at TartuUniversity Clinics
01.01.1993–31.12.1993   
Three months research grant from EEC at University of Hamburg, H. Pette Institute for Experimental Immunology.
01.01.1993–31.12.1994   
Sabbatical leave, visiting professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Dept. of Molecular and Human Genetics with Prof. C.T. Caskey.
01.01.1992–11.05.2014   
Estonian Biocentre, Head of Gene Technology Laboratory, Estonian Biocentre (0,25)
01.01.1992–11.05.2014   
Estonian Biocentre, Senior Researcher (0,25)
01.01.1991–31.12.1992   
Visiting scientist at Hamburg University, Dept. of Molecular Biology, Germany. Two months fellowship from DAAD.
01.01.1991–31.12.1991   
Visiting scientist at University of Tampere, Finland
01.01.1988–31.12.1988   
Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Genetics, West-Berlin, Germany. One month fellowship from European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
01.01.1986–31.12.1992   
Research Director of the Estonian Biocentre
01.01.1985–31.12.1985   
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany. Two month fellowship from European Society of Biochemistry (FEBS)
01.01.1985–31.12.1992   
Head of Laboratory of Gene Expression, Tartu University
01.01.1982–31.12.1984   
Senior scientist at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Tartu University
01.01.1981–31.12.1982   
IREX fellow at Columbia University, New York, USA
01.01.1976–31.12.1980   
Junior scientist at Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Tartu University
 
 
Education
1979–1979   
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Structure and function of the Eukaryotic ribosome, Institute of Molecular Genetics, Ukrainian Acad. Of Sciences, Kiev
01.09.1969–31.08.1976   
M.D - Tartu University, physician
 
 
R&D related managerial and administrative work
2021−...   
Expert Panel Member to evaluate the Section of Genetics in International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France
2021−...   
Observational Study Monotoring Board (OSMB), NIA, NIH, USA, member
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EU Cancer Mission Board
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EIT Health Scandinavia Borad member
2019−...   
Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) for the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC)
2019−...   
Towards access to at least 1 million sequenced genomes in the EU by 2022: 1M+ Genome, WP10 leader, WP12 co-leader, member of the Coordination Group
2018−...   
Nordic Society of Human Genetics and Precision Medicine Board member
2018−...   
European infrastructure for translational medicine (EATRIS) steering commitee member
2018−...   
BBMRI-ERIC Steering committee member, Estonian Biobank Node Director
2018−...   
Member of the International steering committee the Life Science Center of the Vilnius University
2017−...   
„France Médecine Génomique 2025“ member of the International Expert Panel
2016−...   
Eesti Teaduse Tippkeskuste Nõukogu esimees
2016−...   
Center of Excellence for Genomics and Translational Medicine PI
2010−...   
Member of Presidency of ScanBalt Academy
2010−...   
Estonian Academy of Sciences, member
2007−...   
EC European Stradegy Forum on Research Infrastructures Biomedical and Medical Sciences Thematic Working Group Member
2007−...   
Centre of Excellence in Genomics Board member
2006−...   
Member of ScanBalt Academy
2006−...   
“Central European Science Journal” co-editor
2004−...   
Journal “Clinical Genetics” editorial board member
2003−...   
Biotechnology Centre of Excellence, Vilnius, Lithuania, Member of the International Board
1999−...   
Member of Estonian Society of Human Genetics (EstSHG)
1995−...   
Member of American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)
1995−...   
Member of The Human Genome Organization (HUGO)
1994−...   
Member of European Society of Human Genetics, from 2000 as a board member, from 2005 member of Executive Board member
2021−2023   
Tartu Ülikooli Loodus- ja Täppisteaduste valdkonna Genoomika Instituudi nõukogu liige
2018−2020   
ESOF 2020 Steering Commitee member
2018−2020   
The Longevity Consortium, NIA of NIH, USA, member of the SAB
2018−2018   
Review of the Qatar Genome Project (QGP) Member of the Panel, Chair was Prof. Victor Dzau, president of the Medical Academy of USA
2017−2021   
Estonian Precision Medicine Steering Committee member
2016−2018   
Euroscience Open Forum ESOF 2018 Programme Committee Chair
2015−2019   
Member of the Medical Sciences Scientific Committee of Science Europe
2015−2019   
Public Population Project in Genomics and Society (P3G) Board Member
2012−2016   
University Board member
2009−2011   
Member of Tartu University Council
2009−2015   
Competence Centre on Health Technologies; Board member
2008−2013   
European Research Council (ERC) Executive Agency LS2 Panel Expert
2007−2013   
President of Estonian Society of Human Genetics
2007−2011   
Estonian Veterinary and Food Board GMO and Innovated Food Committee Member
2006−2010   
European Science Foundation Functional Genomics Program: Member of steering committee
2005−2008   
President of European Society of Human Genetics
2005−2006   
International Scientific Review Board EC FP6 SSA and CA projects, Brussels
2003−2017   
Journal “Heredity Cancer in Clinical Practice” editorial board member
2003−2006   
Member of Estonian Council of Scientific Competence (advisory body for ministry of education and research for science policy and funding)
2003−2006   
International Congress of Genetics (Brisbane, Australia) member of the SPC.
2002−2004   
International Scientific Review Board The Wellcome Trust, UK
2001−2005   
European Science Foundation Functional Genomics Program: Member of steering committee
2001−2003   
International Scientific Review Board French Ministry of Research, France
2000−2016   
Chair SPC of GeneForum (International Genomic Congress)
2000−2000   
International Scientific Review Board Helmholtz Society, Germany
1999−1999   
HUGO WORKSHOP “DNA arrays – methods and applications” Tartu, Estonia, May 23-26, 1999 Organizing Committee Member
1998−2015   
Faculty Member of European School of Medical Genetics
1997−2000   
Member of Estonian Council of Scientific Competence (advisory body for ministry of education and research for science policy and funding)
1996−2001   
Member of Tartu University Council
1988−1990   
Member of the Expert Council of Soviet Union Human Genome program
 
 
Additional information

Qualifications

 
 
Honours & awards
2020, Andres Metspalu, Prize of the Republic of Estonia for outstanding establishment and leadership of the Estonian Biobank and initiation of the Estonian genome project
2020, Andres Metspalu, University of Tartu badge "100 semesters at the University of Tartu"
2020, Andres Metspalu, Tartumaa Kuldse Tammeoksa Kavaler
2019, Andres Metspalu, Received “Estonian European of the Year” Award.
2017, Andres Metspalu, The Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature, the Arts and Science
2016, Andres Metspalu, Tartu University “Large Medal”
2016, Andres Metspalu, Baltman AS badge "Born fearless"
2015, Andres Metspalu, Honorary citizen of city of Tartu, Estonia
2010, Andres Metspalu, Doctor Honoris Causa of Vilnius University
2010, Andres Metspalu, Tartu Teerajaja Alley "Teerajaja"
2010, Andres Metspalu, University of Tartu Raefond Award
2006, Andres Metspalu, Tartu University “Small Medal”
2006, Andres Metspalu, Honorary membership of the Lithuanian Society of Laboratory Medicine
2003, Andres Metspalu, National Science Prize in Medicine
2003, Andres Metspalu, L'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Chevalier
2002, Andres Metspalu, Prix de la Garantie Medicale et Chirurgicale, France
2001, Andres Metspalu, 3rd Class Order of the Estonian Red Cross
1999, Andres Metspalu, Elected as a “Man of the Year” by journal “Loop” in Estonia
1999, Andres Metspalu, International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, „The Senior Visiting Scientist Award“
1980, Andres Metspalu, Soviet Estonian Prize for Sciences
 
 
Fields of research
ETIS CLASSIFICATION: 3. Health; 3.11. Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biophysics and Bioinformatics relating to Health Studies; CERCS CLASSIFICATION: B110 Bioinformatics, medical informatics, biomathematics, biometrics ; SPECIFICATION: Health, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biophysics and Bioinformatics relating to Health Studies
ETIS CLASSIFICATION: 1. Biosciences and Environment; 1.12. Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biophysics and Economic and Technological Research relating to Bio- and Environmental Sciences; CERCS CLASSIFICATION: T490 Biotechnology ; SPECIFICATION: Biotechnology
 
 
Additional information

Projects in progress

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Dissertations under supervision

Supervised dissertations

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