9.05.1949
+1 613 804 1885
illimaraltosaar@gmail.com
Illimar ALTOSAAR is Professor of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology at University of Ottawa. He has worked alongside notable scientists such as Sir Ralph Riley (Rockefeller Foundation Rice Biotech Network), Sir Hans Kornberg (Biochemistry Dept., Cambridge), Professor Brian Hartley, F.R.S and Sir Ernst Chain, Nobel Laureate for penicillin fermentation (Imperial College). Together with his family heritage in plant pathology (Erwinia, Fusarium), engineering (textiles, pulp & paper sectors), and his diverse experiences in pharmaceutical and agri-food industries, Prof. Altosaar is deploying gene technology in critical areas such as Milk and Mammary Immunology, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Starch-Protein Interactions, Protein Farming, Molecular Breeding, phytoremediation and greenhouse gas mitigation. He is currently appointed as Visiting Scientist at The Scripps Research Institute’s Department of Chemical Physiology (2013-2014), and has worked at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia (2006-07) on engineering anti-bacterial biofilm genes into crop plants, immune milk proteins at Nestlé (2000), cereal storage proteins at Tartu University (1993-95), cereal genetics at Jõgeva Plant Science Institute (1987-present), Estonian University of Life Sciences-EMÜ (2016-present), wheat proteins at INRA France (92-3), bread-making quality at Plant Breeding Institute of University of Cambridge (84-85) and a NATO Fellow in Biochemistry at Imperial College (75-77). ‘Molecular mechanisms’ has been the ethos of Dr. Altosaar’s research efforts since he first began working in cereal genetics in 1966 at the Quebec Provincial Seed Farm, Macdonald College-McGill University (Montreal). A protein chemist by training, he has studied gene regulation in small grains and oilseeds. He has been instrumental in supplying useful gene cassettes to crop breeding programs throughout the world. Plant codon optimized Bacillus thuringiensis sequences for cry 1Ab, cry1Ac, cry1C (40% G:C), cry1C(70% G:C) and cry2Aa2 have been deployed in over 35 various crop species in more than 75 countries. Author of over 178 articles (ISI), some of which have been highly cited (265 times ISI Web of Knowledge, 207 Scopus, >348 Scholar.Google), six patent applications, and one issued US patent. Professor Altosaar has earned a bachelor’s degree in cell biology from McGill University and a doctorate in plant protein biochemistry from University of British Columbia.

Career

Institutions and positions
01.01.2019–...   
Estonian University of Life Sciences, Visiting Professor (0,20)
01.07.2013–...   
The Scripps Research Institute, shotgun proteomics (1,00)
01.07.2005–...   
Estonian Plant Science Institute, Head, Plant Pathology and Plant Biotechnology Department (1,00)
01.06.1978–...   
University of Ottawa, Professor of Food Biochemistry and plant biotechnology (1,00)
01.07.2013–30.06.2014   
University of California San Diego, Visiting Scholar, Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine (1,00)
01.07.2006–30.06.2007   
The University of New South Wales, Centre for Marine Biofouling and Bio-Innovation (1,00)
01.07.1999–30.06.2000   
Plant Research Center NESTLE Tours France, Plant production of human proteins (1,00)
 
 
Education
01.09.1970–31.12.1974   
Ph.D
 
 
R&D related managerial and administrative work
1966−...   
biochemistry microbiology and immunology research and education
 
 
Creative work
Illimar ALTOSAAR was Professor of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology at University of Ottawa. He has worked alongside notable scientists such as Sir Ralph Riley, Sir Hans Kornberg (Biochemistry Dept., Cambridge), Professor Brian Hartley, F.R.S and Sir Ernst Chain, Nobel Laureate for penicillin fermentation (Imperial College, London, England). Together with his diverse experiences in pharmaceutical and agri-food industries, Prof. Altosaar is practicing systems biology in critical areas such as Milk and Mammary Immunology, and Host-Pathogen Interactions. Currently appointed as Visiting Scientist at The Scripps Research Institute’s Department of Chemical Physiology (2014-15), he has worked at University of New South Wales (2006-07), Nestlé (1999-2000), Tartu University (1993-95), INRA France (92-3), University of Cambridge (84-85) and Imperial College (75-77). ‘Molecular mechanisms’ is the ethos of Dr. Altosaar’s research efforts. Author of over 189 articles (ISI), some of which have been highly cited (294 times ISI, 397 Scholar.Google, h-index 37), seven patent applications, and one issued US patent. Professor Altosaar has earned a bachelor’s degree in cell biology from McGill University and a doctorate in protein biochemistry from University of British Columbia, Vancouver. .
 
 
Additional information
Estonian scientist active in Estonian SSR 1985 - 1991, and active in Estonian scientific research 1991 - present.;

Qualifications

 
 
Honours & awards
2005, Illimar Altosaar, Head, Pathology and Biotechnology Laboratory, Jõgeva Plant Breeding Institute, Estonia (held concurrently) 2005 – present.
 
 
Fields of research
ETIS CLASSIFICATION: 1. Biosciences and Environment; 1.1. Biochemistry; CERCS CLASSIFICATION: P310 Proteins, enzymology ; SPECIFICATION: Protein bio-pharming
 
 
Additional information
Founder and CEO of startup Proteins Easy Corp.
7.01.2020
9.05.1949
+1 613 804 1885
illimaraltosaar@gmail.com
biokeemik, ülikooli õpejõud, taimeteadlane, sordiaretaja, biotehnoloog, ärimees, botaanik, valkude keemik,

Teenistuskäik

Töökohad ja ametid
01.01.2019–...   
Eesti Maaülikool, Külalisprofessor (0,20)
01.07.2013–...   
The Scripps Research Institute, Valkude proteomika, mass spektromeetria, Department of Chemical Physiology (1,00)
01.07.2005–...   
Eesti Taime Kasvatus Instituut ETKI Jõgeva, Taime pataloogia ja biotehnoloogia osakonna külalis asetäitja (1,00)
01.06.1978–...   
University of Ottawa, biokeemik (1,00)
01.07.2013–30.06.2014   
University of California San Diego, Kylalis 6pej6ud, okeani biotehnoloogia biomeditsiin (1,00)
01.07.2006–30.06.2007   
The University of New South Wales, mikrobioloogia (1,00)
01.07.1999–30.06.2000   
Plant Research Center NESTLE, Taime biokeemik ja valkude ekspresioon (1,00)
 
 
Haridustee
01.09.1970–31.12.1974   
Doktorantuur
 
 
Teadusorganisatsiooniline ja -administratiivne tegevus
1966−...   
biokeemia uurimistöö
 
 
Loometöö
uurija teadlane bioloog leijutaja genetiline insineer, valkude tootja ja valkude eraldaja.
 
 
Lisainfo
Kaasmaalane ja eesti teadlane koostöös professor Evelin LOIT-uga, nn. Synthetic antimicrobial peptide L8 (MHLHKTSRVTLYLL) has membrane permeabilisation and bacterial aggregation activity
Loit, Evelin; Hincke, Maxwell T.; Altosaar, Illimar
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS 35 (4): 410-411, 2010;

Kvalifikatsioon

 
 
Teaduspreemiad ja tunnustused
2005, Illimar Altosaar, Taime pataloogia juhataja Jõgeva taime kasvatuse instituut, Tartu Ülikooli biokeemia õpetool 1993-1998
 
 
Teadustöö põhisuunad
ETIS KLASSIFIKAATOR: 1. Bio- ja keskkonnateadused; 1.1. Biokeemia; CERCS KLASSIFIKAATOR: P310 Proteiinid, ensümoloogia; TÄPSUSTUS: valkude produktsioon
 
 
Lisainfo
leijutaja ja firma juht Proteins Easy Corp.
7.01.2020
  • Found 1 results
ProgramTypeNumberNameProject startProject endPrincipal investigatorInstitutionFinancing
1.1.5.3.4.1.3.V180232PKTT (7.3-2/19/4)A liquid corneal glue-filler as an alternative to transplantation in high-risk patients 01.05.201931.12.2021Illimar AltosaarEstonian University of Life Sciences, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Chair of Crop Science and Plant Biology150 000,00 EUR