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Research interests

I am a senior researcher at the Folkhälsan Research Center, Co-PI of the FinnDiane Study Group, and in charge of our genetic and bioinformatics research. I am interested in the computational genetics, bioinformatics, and their application on diabetic complications, with a special interest on diabetic nephropathy. My technical education and doctoral studies at the Aalto University provide a sound basis for the large scale genetic data analysis, whereas my work at the FinnDiane study group has taught me to understand the clinical side of diabetes and its complications.

Email: niina.sandholm@helsinki.fi

Curriculum vitae

Education

21.11.2018

Title of Docent on genetic epidemiology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

10/2008 – 09/2014

DSc(Tech)

Aalto University, School of Science, Finland
Finnish Graduate School in Computational Sciences (08/2010 – 12/2013)

Doctor of Science on Bioinformatics. Doctoral thesis on “Genome-wide associations and computational search for the genetic risk factors for diabetic nephropathy”.

08/2003 – 10/2008

MSc(Tech)

Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Master of Science of Bioinformation Technology. Concentration in Biocomputing, major subject Computational Systems Biology.

10/2006 – 08/2007

Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Courses (66 credits) on informatics, computational sciences, physics and languages included in the degree of MSc(Tech)

Further education

02/2017 – 04/2018

Further qualification in first-line management. 150 osp, Rastor Ab, Finland. Modules Working as first-line manager,  Human resource management, and Development plan.

01/2018 – 04/2018

University pedagogy, Learning at University. Open University, 5cr.

Current Employment

04/2018 -

FinnDiane Research group, Folkhälsan Research Centre.

Co-Principal Investigator in charge of the genetic and bioinformatics research, supervising PhD and undergraduate students.

University of Helsinki Visiting scientist

Earlier work experience

02/2017-12/2020

Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

06/2018 – 08/2018

Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford. Visiting scientist at Prof. John Todd’s group learning single-cell transcriptomics and integration of omics data to understand the disease mechanisms. Continued to work part-time in the project 08/2018 – 09/2019.

09/2014 – 03/2018

 

FinnDiane Research Group, Folkhälsan Research Centre
Post Doc researcher
in charge of the genetic and bioinformatics research in the FinnDiane Study Group, supervising PhD and undergraduate students. Working on genetic consortia, e.g. the NIH GENIE Consortium, the European Union IMI SUMMIT Consortium, and JDRF DNCRI.

05/2008 – 08/2014

FinnDiane Research Group, Folkhälsan Research Centre
PhD student
. Study interests in genetics of diabetic complications.

10/2007 – 04/2008

Sanofi-Aventis Chemical Sciences, Germany

Master's thesis on Virtual Bioprofiles in Data Mining Applications.

01/2006 – 08/2006

05/2005 – 08/2005

05/2004 – 08/2004

Laboratory of Computational Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology

Research assistant in the European Union ADDNET project. Research on protein data banks and protein interactions.

Scientific activities

Scientific publications

66 original articles, 2 review articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Cited 4,676 times, h-index 23 (August 19th 2022). 2 book chapters.

 

Doctoral thesis book, “Genome-wide associations and computational search for the genetic risk factors for diabetic nephropathy”,
http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-60-5772-9

Supervising

2 supervised PhD theses (University of Helsinki)

2 supervised Master’s theses (Aalto University, University of Helsinki)

Currently supervising 5 PhD theses (University of Helsinki)

 

Other academic activities

Awards and honours

2016    Rising Star Award, European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes

2015    2nd prize in the Young Investigators’ Awards, Finnish Diabetes Association

2012    2nd prize in the Young Investigators Competition, Finnish Blood Pressure Association

Peer review

Peer review for funding applications: Kidney UK Grants 2016

Peer review for scientific publications: 

Diabetes Care, Human Molecular Genetics, Kidney International Reports, Journal of American Society of Nephrology; Trends in Genetics; Journal of Endocrinological Investigation; Diabetes; Genomics; Scientific Reports; Clinical Genetics; Acta Diabetologica; Kidney International; Atherosclerosis; Journal of the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System; Journal of Diabetes and its Complications; Gene and Immunity; Diabetologia; Nephron Experimental; Human Genetics; Diabetic Medicine

Peer-Review for conference abstracts:

European Association for the Study of Diabetes, 2022

American Diabetes Association (ADA) 81st Scientific Sessions, US/virtual, 2021

American Diabetes Association (ADA) 80th Scientific Sessions, US/virtual, 2020

European Diabetic Nephropathy Study Group (EDNSG) meeting in Paris, France, 2019

European Diabetic Nephropathy Study Group (EDNSG) meeting in Edinburgh, UK, 2020

Significant invited international lectures

12/2021           International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), virtual

11/2021           American Society of Nephrology (ASN), virtual

09/2020           European Association for Study of Diabetes (EASD), virtual meeting

06/2019           American Diabetes Association (ADA), San Francisco, USA

09/2016           Rising Star Symposium, Munich, Germany

09/2015           ERA-EDTA WGiKD, Scientific Workshop, Regensburg, Germany

05/2015           SGGD 2015, the European Study Group for Genetics of Diabetes, Krakow, Poland

Positions of trust

2022                Program committee member for the EASD 2023, Hamburg, Germany

2017-2020       Treasurer of the European Diabetic Nephropathy Study Group (EDNSG)

Other academic merits

Doctoral Thesis committee member (University of Helsinki)

PhD thesis pre-examiner (Turku University, 2021)

External positions

Senior Scientist, Administrative Group Leader, Folkhälsan Research Center

1 Apr 2018 → …

Postdoc Researcher, Folkhälsan Research Center

1 Sep 201431 Mar 2018

PhD Student, Folkhälsan Research Center

5 May 200831 Aug 2014

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.