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Markus Perola

Coordinator BBMRI-LPC

Dr. Perola is leading the Quantitative Genetics-group in the Public Health Genomics Unit, at the National Institute of Health and Welfare, Finland and a visiting professor in University of Tartu, Estonian Genome Project, Estonia. His studies have from been focusing on the genetics of common disorders and traits. Several research strategies, such as genome-wide association studies, linkage mapping in families and high density SNP maps and deep sequencing in population-based samples are applied to find genetic components of complex traits. Dr. Perola is participating and an active member in several large international genetic consortium studies such as BioShare, BBMRI, ENGAGE, GenomEUtwin, GEHA and MORGAM and is the co-coordinator for FP7 biobanking infrastructure project BBMRI-LPC. He has initiated and run for a long time the KTL/THL DNA repository/biobank. Dr. Perola is also a section editor for the European Journal of Human Genetics and an active organizer and lecturer for several international courses concentrating on the analyses of genetic data. He is a member of the coordinating ethical board of the Helsinki University hospital. His publication list includes over 180 original articles in leading genetic and cardiovascular journals. Dr. Perola is also a practicing physician in Helsinki Western Emergency Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.