Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981
    Licenciate of medicine (M.D.), University of Oulu

  • 1982 – 1985
    Post-doctoral fellow, University of Medicine and Dentistry – Rutgers Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA

  • 1985 – 1988
    Research Associate, Academy of finland

  • 1989 – 1990
    Junior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland

  • since 1990
    Professor of Medical Biochemistry, University of Oulu

Selected publications

  • Pihlajaniemi T, Helaakoski T, Tasanen K, Myllylä R, Huhtala M-L, Koivu J, and Kivirikko KI. Molecular cloning of the ß-subunit of human prolyl 4-hydroxylase. This subunit and protein disulphide isomerase are products of the same gene. EMBO J 6: 643-649, 1987

  • Pihlajaniemi T, Myllylä R, Seyer J, Kurkinen M, and Prockop DJ. Partial characterization of a low molecular weight human collagen that undergoes alternative splicing. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 84: 940-944, 1987

  • Rehn M, and Pihlajaniemi T. *1(XVIII), a collagen chain with frequent interruptions in the collagenous sequence, a distinct tissue distribution, and homology with type XV collagen. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 91: 4234-4238, 1994

  • Eklund L, Piuhola J, Komulainen J, Sormunen R, Ongvarrasopone C, Fässler R, Muona A, Ilves M, Ruskoaho H, Takala T, and Pihlajaniemi T. Lack of type XV collagen causes a skeletal myopathy and cardiovascular defects in mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 98: 1194-1199, 2001

  • *Fukai N, *Eklund L, *Marneros AG, Oh SP, Keene DR, Tamarkin L, Niemelä M, Ilves M, Li E, Pihlajaniemi T, and Olsen BR. Lack of collagen XVIII/endostatin results in eye abnormalities. EMBO J 21: 1535-1544, 2002. *Equal contribution

  • Brideau G, Mäkinen MJ, Elamaa H, Alitalo K, and Pihlajaniemi T, Heljasvaara R. Endostatin overexpression inhibits lymphangiogenesis and lymph node metastasis in mice. Cancer Research 67: 11528-11535, 2007

  • Latvanlehto A, Fox MA, Sormunen R, Tu H, Oikarainen T, Koski A, Naumenko N, Shakirzyanova A, Kallio M, Ilves M, Giniatullin R, Sanes JR, and Pihlajaniemi T. Muscle-derived collagen XIII regulates maturation of the skeletal neuromuscular junction. J Neurosci 30: 12230-12241, 2010

  • Rasi K, Piuhola J, Czabanka M, Sormunen R, Ilves M, Leskinen H, Rysä J, Kerkelä R, Janmey P, Heljasvaara R, Peuhkurinen K, Vuolteenaho O, Ruskoaho H, Vajkoczy P, Pihlajaniemi T, and Eklund L. Collagen XV is necessary for modeling of the extracellular matrix and its deficiency predisposes to cardiomyopathy. Circ Res 107: 1241-1252, 2010

  • Su J, Stenbjorn RS, Gorse K, Su K, Hauser KF, Ricard-Blum S, Pihlajaniemi T, Fox MA. Target-derived matricryptins organize cerebellar synapse formation through ?3?1 integrins. Cell Rep 2: 223-230, 2012


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Panel member, evaluation of the Estonian Centre of Excellence Program, 2001

  • Member, Reference Group for the Swedish Research Council for Strong Research Environments, 2004

  • Member, the Prioritizing Committee for the Medical Faculty of Univ. of Lund, Sweden, 2005

  • Panel member, evaluation of infrastructure applications, The Swedish Research Council, 2006-2009, 2012

  • Member of the Medicine/Experimental panel for Lund University research quality assessment, 2008

  • Panel member, evaluation of the Lithuanian infrastructure roadmap, 2009

  • Panel member, evaluation of European Research Council´s (ERC) junior grant applications, 2010-

  • Panel member, evaluation of Univ. of Copenhagen´s Heath Sciences Faculty (SUND), 2013

  • Evaluator, the Estonian Research Infrastructure Roadmap, 2013

  • Editorial Board Member for Matrix Biology, 2013-

  • Section Editor, Cell & Tissue Research, 2000-

  • Member and Contributor, Faculty of 1000, 2001-

Media coverage

  • Youtube: Professoriliitto Professorit nyt ! Taina Pihlajaniemi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxMTeIBQnjo

Additional qualifications

  • Chairman, Department of Medical biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Oulu, 1991-2007

  • Scientist co-founder & collaborator, FibroGen Inc. San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. 1993-

  • Member, the Research Council of Health, the Academy of Finland, 1998-2003

  • Member and Chair, Board of Directors for the Centre for Scientific Computing, 1998-2010

  • Scientific Director, Biocenter Oulu, 1996-2009

  • Director, Biocenter Oulu Graduate School, 1996-2009

  • Member, ESFRI Working Group on Research Infastructure for the Biological and Medical Sciences, 2004-2011

  • Member, the Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland, 2005-2007

  • Director of Biocenter Finland, 2006-2007

  • Vice Rector (Provost for Science and Research), University of Oulu, 2010-2014

  • Director, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Cell-Extracellular matrix Research, 2012-2017

  • Member, Advisory Board of Paras Biopharmaceuticals Finland Oy, 2012-


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