Full professor of Biotechnology and Director of the Estonian Genome Center of the University of Tartu.
Graduated from the University of Tartu in 1976 with MD, received PhD in 1979. He was a postdoc at Colombia University and Yale University in 1981-1982. His main scientific interests are human genomics, genetics of complex diseases and population based biopanks and application of the precision medicine in health care. He has published more than 300 papers and chapters in international peer review journals and books. H-index: 62.
He worked at EMBL, (Heidelberg), at MPI Molecular Genetics (W-Berlin) and at University of Hamburg. In 1993-1994 he was at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, as a visiting faculty (Dept. of Human Genetics with Dr. T. Caskey) and 2000 at IARC, France, as a recipient of the International Visiting Senior Scientist Award and spent a sabbatical at University of Lausanne in 2012.
He is one of the founders and directors of the P3G Consortium of Biobanks (Montreal). 2010 he elected to the Estonian Academy of Sciences. He has supervised 19 Ph.D. theses. He is serving in several national and international committees (Science Europe), editorial boards and has received among other awards and honors the Order of the Estonian Red Cross 3rd Class and L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques from the Republic of France. From 2010 he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from Vilnius University.