|Front Page Previous Story Next Story||Pittman Lecture Explores Human Molecular Genetics, Jan. 28
The next era of human genetics since the vast majority of human genes are already identified will be marked by functional analysis and studies aiming at the understanding of complex interactions between multiple genes. Modern human genetics is rapidly moving toward functional analysis of genes and gene products, using the information to understand the molecular pathogenesis of human diseases. This new knowledge will form the basis for novel treatment, prevention and intervention strategies in medicine.
Peltonen was the founding chair of the department of human genetics at UCLA and is currently the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald distinguished chair in human genetics at the university. She got her basic scientific education at one of the Centers of Excellence at the Academy of Finland, and started her thesis work while still in medical school. She obtained her M.D. at the University of Oulu in 1976 and her Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1978.
Peltonen has had a total of 50 Ph.D. theses produced and many of them have been accepted with honors. She has also organized numerous international scientific symposia and courses, which have established her as an international scientific educator. She has published a total of 369 original publications, 56 reviews in English, and 45 reviews in Finnish or Swedish. During the last 20 years, her papers have appeared in leading journals of molecular genetics and molecular biology, including Nature, Nature Genetics, American Journal of Human Genetics, and the New England Journal of Medicine.
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