Andres Metspalu, professor of Biotechnology and Director of the Estonian Genome Center of the University of Tartu, M.D. 1976, Ph.D. 1979. He was as IREX fellow at Colombia University and Yale University in 1981-1982.
His main scientific interests are human genetics and genomics, biobanking, genetics of complex diseases, precision. He has more than 300 papers and chapters (www.biobank.ee).
He worked at EMBL, Heidelberg (1985 as a FEBS fellow), at MPI Molecular Genetics in W-Berlin (1988 as an EMBO fellow) and at University of Hamburg (1990-1991) as a DAAD fellow and with the support of EC. In 1993-1994 he was at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, as a visiting faculty (with Dr. T. Caskey), in 2000 at IARC (Lyon) as a recipient of the International Visiting Senior Scientist Award and as a visiting fellow in CIG of University of Lausanne in 2012. From 1996 to 2008 A. Metspalu was also the head (and founder) of the Molecular Diagnostic Center of the Tartu University Hospital. Metspalu is the past (2006) president of the European Society of the Human Genetics. He is one of the founders of the P3G Consortium of Biobanks and BBMRI-ERIC. He is the member of the Science Europe Medical Committee. He has supervised more than 20 Ph.D. theses. He is serving in several national and international committees, 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.