University of Turku, Finland
Born in Vaasa, Finland. Citizen of Finland.
Present position (since 2010): Professor of Pathology and Head of the Department of Pathology, University of Turku, Finland. Education and training:
Licentiate of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland (1978).
Doctor of Medical Sciences (MScD), University of Helsinki, (1982).
Specialist in Pathology, Helsinki (1988).
Docent in Pathology, University of Helsinki (1990).
Doctoral thesis work (1978-1982), Dissertation, University of Helsinki (1982).
Research Associate and Visiting Scientist, La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, La Jolla, CA (1985–1987, 1989).
Visiting Assistant Professor, Cutaneous Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1993 – 1994).
Previous professional appointments:
Lecturer and Senior Lecturer of Pathology, Dept. of Pathology, University of Helsinki (1991–2002–2010).
Consultant in Pathology, Dept. of Pathology, Helsinki University Central Hospital (1991–2010).
Member, Council of Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki (2004 – 2009).
Permanent Expert, National Supervisory Authority for Medicolegal Affairs (2004 – present): Reviewer of docentships (3); examiner of doctoral theses (15); supervisor of doctoral theses (6); official opponent of doctoral dissertations (9).
Reviewer of grant applications for medical scientific societies (3),
Editorial board memberships in international scientific journals (2).
Invited teaching activity in international congresses, meetings and courses: Invited speaker (35); chair of symposium (8); organizer of congress programmes (5); Secretary General of an international congress (1).
International Academy of Pathology – Finnish Division, President (2004 – 2005)
European Society for Pathology (ESP), Brussels
– President, Head and Neck Working Group (2005 – 2007)
– Secretary General of the ESP (2009 – 2017)
– Honorary Member of the ESP (2018)
ESP Foundation, Brussels
– Board Member (2017- present)
International Academy of Pathology (IAP)
– Member of the Executive Committee of the IAP (2014 – present)
– Vice-President of Europe (2014 – present)
Publications: Ca.168 international peer-reviewed publications on extracellular matrices and head and neck pathology, particularly salivary gland tumors.