Aarno Palotie, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Palotie earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University Of Oulu, Finland. He served his residency in laboratory medicine and earned his speciality in Clinical Chemistry (Clinical pathology) at the University of Helsinki.
After his residency, Dr. Palotie founded and ran the diagnostic laboratory for molecular genetics at the Helsinki University Hospital and was Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Helsinki. From 1998 to 2002 he was Professor of Pathology at the University Of California School Of Medicine, Los Angeles. From 2002 to 2008 he was Director of the Finnish Genome Center, an independent institute at the University of Helsinki. Since 2004 he has been a visiting Professor at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He also holds a position at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) in Helsinki.
Dr. Palotie has a long history of research in genetics of Mendelian and complex traits. This has included locus and variant identification in monogenic diseases belonging to the Finnish disease heritage and linkage and association studies in complex traits. Linked to his clinical specialty and clinical duties, Aarno has a history in developing and applying new techniques for molecular diagnostics, mutation detection, physical mapping and tissue arrays.