MIKA RÄMET, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of Vaccine Research Center
Professor of Experimental Immunology at the Tampere University
Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oulu

Biography

Dr Mika Rämet, Director of Vaccine Research Center, is Professor of Paediatrics and Experimental Immunology. He received his M.D and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oulu, Finland. Rämet worked as a research Fellow at the Harvard University, Boston from 1999 to 2002. After returning to Finland, he has received Specialist’s degree in Paediatrics and Neonatology at the University of Tampere, Finland. He has led his independent research team Experimental immunology since 2003.

Research interests and expertise

  • Development of a new vaccine against tuberculosis
  • Pathophysiology of Mycobacterial infection
  • Pathophysiology of Streptococcal infection
  • Mechanisms, prevention and treatment of the most common infectious diseases of childhood
  • Molecular mechanisms regulating innate immunity
  • Spontaneous preterm delivery: susceptibility genes and timing of childbirth

Dr Rämet’s research centers on the basic mechanisms of immune response using primarily non-mammalian models such as the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster and zebrafish Danio rerio. He was the first to demonstrate the power of RNAi screening in cultured cells. Nowadays he uses model organisms to investigate host-microbe interactions primarily related to the most important paediatric pathogens. In addition, he has focused on identifying genetic alterations predisposing to the preterm birth and to the most important diseases related to prematurity (bronchopulmonary dysplasia, RDS) and susceptibility to severe respiratory infections during neonatal period.

Dr Rämet has received several honors and awards in recognition of his research including awards from the Society for Paediatric Research (Fellow Clinical Research Award), the Finnish Medical Association Duodecim (Young Investigator Prize given every second year to the most promising medical scientist in Finland), the Finnish Pediatric Association (Helena and Niilo Hallman Award given every second year to the internationally recognized young Pediatric scientist in Finland) and the Anders Jahre Prize for young scientist
His research has been funded by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, the Academy of Finland, Sigrid Juselius Foundation, Tampere Tuberculosis Foundation and Stiftelsen Alma och K. A. Snellman Foundation.

Major publications

114 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 7215 times (Google Scholar), of which the most cited publication accounts for 714 citations. The author has a h-index of 41.
Please see 20 major publications here

Professional and community activities

  • Council member, Research Council of Biosciences, Health and Environment, the Academy of Finland 2019–
  • Chairman, Research Council of Health, the Academy of Finland 2016–18
  • Chairman, Evaluation committee, the Snellman Foundation 2019–
  • Panel member, Organism biology, Vetenskaprådet, Swedish Research Council 2014-19
  • Chair, Finnish Society for Immunology 2014–2017
  • Vice chair, Finnish Society for Immunology 2013-14, 2018–
  • Member of the Board, Scandinavian Society for Immunology 2013–18
  • Chairman of the Board, Academy Programme pHealth 2019–
  • Chairman of the Board, Academy Programme Cohort 2019–
  • Chairman of the Board, Academy Programme Health from Science (TERVA) 2017¬
  • Vice Chair, Board of the Academy Programme Develop 2019–
  • Coordinator of the non-mammalian model organism network, Biocenter Finland 2010–2019
  • Member, the Finnish Research Infrastructure (FIRI) Committee at the Academy of Finland 2016–
  • Member, Science Council, University of Oulu, Finland 2014–
  • Editorial Board member, Scandinavian Journal of Immunology 2013–
  • Editorial Board member, Developmental and Comparative Immunology 2012–
  • Session Chair, International Congress of Immunology, Melbourne, Australia, 2016
  • Opponent in Doctoral Dissertation (4 times)
  • Pre-examiner of Doctoral Dissertation (10 times)

Thesis supervisions

Supervised Ph.D. theses as the only supervisor

Suprvised Ph.D. theses as the main supervisor

Suprvised Ph.D. theses as a co-supervisor