Short CV/Education and training

Current position:

    Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, especially Assisted Reproduction, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden,

  • 1998 – 2013
    Chief physician in the Fertility Unit, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Sweden

Education and training:

  • 1970
    Licentiate of Medicine, University of Helsinki

  • 1972
    Doctor of Medical Science, University of Helsinki, title of dissertation thesis 'Development and function of the myoid cells of the testis', supervisor professor Martti Kormano

  • 1978
    Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  • 1983
    Docent in Andrology, University of Helsinki

  • 1993
    Subspecialist in Administration

  • 1993
    Specialist in Andrology (European Academy ofAndrology)

Previous professional appointments:

  • 1967 – 1973
    Research Associate and Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, University of Helsinki

  • 1973 – 1978
    Resident for training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Helsinki University Hospital

  • 1970 – 1986
    Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Helsinki University Hospital

  • 1986 – 1995
    Chief Physician and founder, Infertility Clinic, the Family Federation of Finland

  • 1995 – 1998
    Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Professor, Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK

  • 2008
    Visiting Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland 6 months

Selected publications

  • Publications H-index 56, 1039 citations, 329 published and 8 submitted articles in peer-reviewed journals, 60 book chapters and articles popularising medicine

  • Rodin S, Antonsson L, Niaudet C, Simonson OE, Salmela E, Hansson EM, Domogatskaya A, Xiao Z, Damdimopoulou P, Sheikhi M, Inzunza J, Nilsson AS, Baker D, Kuiper R, Sun Y, Blennow E, Nordenskjöld M, Grinnemo KH, Kere J, Betsholtz C, Hovatta O, Tryggvason K. Clonal culturing of human embryonic stem cells on laminin-521/E-cadherin matrix in defined and xeno-free environment. Nat Commun. 2014;5:3195. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4195

  • Sergey Rodin1, Liselotte Antonsson, Outi Hovatta & Karl Tryggvason1,3 Monolayer culturing and cloning of human homogeneously pluripotent stem cells on laminin-521 based matrices under xeno-free and chemically defined conditions. Nat Protoc. 2014 Oct;9(10):2354-68. doi: 10.1038/nprot.2014.159. Epub 2014 Sep 11.

  • Hovatta O, Rodin S, Antonsson L, Tryggvason K. Concise review. Animal substance free human embryonic stem cells aiming at clinical applications. Stem Cells Trans Med 2014; 3:1269-1274; first published on October 8, 2014; doi:10.5966/sctm.2014-0129

  • Zhang H, Liu L, Li X, Busayavalasa K, Shen Y, Hovatta O*, Gustafsson JA*, Liu K*.* equal contribution.Life-long in vivo cell lineage tracing shows that no oogenesis originates from putative germline stem cells in adult mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Dec 1. pii: 201421047.

  • Hua Zhang*, Sarita Panula*, Sophie Petropoulos, Daniel Edsgärd, Kiran Busayavalasa, Lian Liu, Xin Li, Sanjiv Risal, Yan Shen, Jingchen Shao, Meng Liu, Susann Li, Dongdong Zhang, Xiaoxi Zhang, Romana Raphaela Gerner, Mona Sheikhi, Pauliina Damdimopoulou, Rickard Sandberg, Iyadh Douagi, Jan-Åke Gustafsson, Lin Liu, Fredrik Lanner*, Outi Hovatta*, and Kui Liu* (* equal contribution).. No DDX4-positive oogonial stem cells are isolated from human and mouse ovaries by DDX4 antibody-based cell sorting" Accepted for publication, Nature Medicine, (reference number: NMED-LE72206) 2015

Selected projects

  • Clinical grade xeno-free human embryonic stem cell lines

  • Ovarian Stem Cells

  • Fertility Preservation

  • Maturation of of oocytes from cryo-stored human ovarian tissue

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Evaluator for grants:

  • Swedish Research Council

  • The Finnish Academy

  • Medical Research Council, UK

  • The Belgian research council FWO

  • The Norwegian Research Council

  • The Danish Research Council

  • the Israeli Research Council

  • Agenge National de la Reserche Scientifique, France

  • European research Council (ERC Advanced Scientist and starting and synergy grants) and occasionally others

Other commitments:

  • Chairperson of the Working Group for Quality Assurance of Semen Analyses, Labquality, Finland, 1992-1997

  • Member of the Committee for Quality Control Guidelines for Assisted Reproduction in Nordic Countries, Nordic Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 1994-1996

  • Member of the Committee for Ethical Principles in Medicine, Finnish Medical Association, 1994-1995

  • Member of the State Committee preparing a suggestion regarding law for assisted reproduction , The Ministries of Justice and Health, Finland, 1996-1997

  • Vetenskapsrådets representant i Landstingsförbundets arbetsgrupp för disposionsrätt av biobanker, since 2004

  • Member of the regional ethics board in Stockholm, 2004-2007

  • Training Director and member of the Board of Directors, EU integrated project ESTOOLS (Platforms for molecular tools for human embryonic stem cells and pluripotent cells), 2006-2010

  • EU human embryonic stem cell registry, the country co-ordinator in Sweden, 2008-2011

  • Chief of one of the four test laboratories in International Stem Cell Initiative (ISCI 2)

  • Scientific Advisory Board, the Norwegian Stem cell Institute, since 2010

  • Board Member, Vecura GMP laboratory, 2008-2013

  • Scientific Advisory Board, the Finnish Red Cross, since 2011

  • Member of the Scientific Council in ITRC, International Translational Regenerative Medicine Center at KI and the City of Hope, since 2011

  • Board member at the International Society of Fertility Preservation, since 2011

Additional qualifications

  • Supervisor for 16 postdoc 1999-2015

  • Supervisor for completed doctoral dissertations as main supervisor 18 students

  • Co- supervisor for completed PhD examinations

  • Present PhD students as a main in my supervor 1

  • Co-supervisor 4

  • Official Opponent/examiner for doctoral dissertations 30 times

  • Referee for docent appointments 6 times

  • Referee for professorship: 7 times

  • Associate Editor for periods in Human Reproduction, Reproductive Biomedicine Online, Annals of Medicine, Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, currently in the Editorial board of Stem Cells, Human Reproduction Update

  • Invited speaker in about 35-45 international meetings annually during the latest 10 years.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Nature photography

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, 4 children born 1970, 1972, 1974, 1982


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