Kerstin LINDBLAD - TOH
Professor, Comparative Genomics, Science for Life Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sweden and Scientific Director of Vertebrate Genome Biology, Broad Institute, USA
At the Broad Institute Kerstin is responsible for the 29 mammals project to annotate the human genome for functional constraint as well as for a large number of vertebrate genome projects several of which emphasize the detection of selective sweeps.
She also leads the dog disease-mapping group.
Her group has developed several SNP chips that have been used to identify canine disease genes.
In Uppsala, Kerstin's research emphasizes the dog as a comparative model for human diseases. Her group is mapping over 20 diseases including cancer, autoimmune, cardiac and neurological diseases. Many of the findings are now being translated to human patients cohorts. She is an active participant in and on the Steering Committee of the LUPA consortium an FP7 project aiming to map human complex traits using dog a as a model.
Kerstin is also the Director Science for Life Laboratory Uppsala, a novel strategic research center with the vision of being an internationally leading center that develops, applies, and provides access to large-scale technologies for molecular biosciences with a focus on translational medicine and on evolutionary and systems biology.
An author on over 100 papers, Kerstin has received several scholarships and awards from the Svenska Institutet Scholarship for Research Abroad and the Swedish Medical Research Council and the prestigious European Young Investigator award (EURYI), Fernström's price and the Lilly och Sven Thureus pris.
Kerstin received her Ph.D. from the Department of Molecular Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, in 1998 studying trinucleotide repeat disorders.