Dr. Mika Rämet, Professor of Peadiatrics, received his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Oulu, Finland. Dr. Rämet worked as a research Fellow at Harvard University in Boston MA, from 1999 to 2002. After returning to Finland, he received his specialist’s degree in Paediatrics and Neonatology at the University of Tampere, where he has led his research team since 2003 and holds a tenured professorship in Experimental Immunology. He served as the Director of the PEDEGO Research Unit at the University of Oulu 2015–2020 and as the Chairman for the Council of Health of the Academy of Finland in 2016–18. Since 2020, he has been the director of the Tampere University Vaccine Research Center.
Dr Rämet’s research centers on the basic mechanisms of the immune response, vaccine development against Tuberculosis and elucidating genetic and molecular determinants of spontaneous preterm birth. Using primarily non-mammalian models such as the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) and zebrafish (Danio rerio) he investigates host-microbe interactions that are related to the most important paediatric pathogens.
Dr Rämet has received several honors in recognition of his research including the Anders Jahre Prize for young scientist. He has published more than 110 papers in peer reviewed journals, with an H-Index of 42 and more than 7,900 citations (Google Scholar). Professor Rämet has been The National Coordinating Investigator for 24 clinical vaccine studies.