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Head of Division of Genetics & Molecular Medicine

Juha KereThe Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Juha Kere has joined King’s as Professor of Genetics & Molecular Medicine and will take on leadership of the Division from January 2018.

Professor Kere is an internationally renown human geneticist and has held the position of Professor of Molecular Genetics at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, since 2001.  His research spans topics from the positional cloning of human disease genes and complex disease genetics to most recently unravelling the activation of the human embryo genome during the first days after fertilisation. He has published over 400 scientific original articles and supervised over 40 PhD students in Finland and Sweden.

He graduated with MD, PhD in molecular genetics, and specialist physician degree in clinical genetics from University of Helsinki. He was postdoctoral associate at Washington University in St.Louis, Missouri 1990-93 and became acting professor of medical genetics at University of Helsinki and chief physician of clinical genetics Helsinki University Central Hospital in 1994. He was the founding director of the Finnish Genome Center between 1998 and 2001. Kere is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) since 2007. 

In March 2017 he will be undertaking an international collaboration role at the RIKEN Institute, Yokohama, as a Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellow. At King's, he is a the recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. 

On his appointment, Juha said: “King’s is a fantastic research environment and the Division of Genetics & Molecular Medicine has very strong research programmes. I am really excited to become part of this community and look forward to contributing in a number of ways. I believe that we will be able to give a strong educational basis for future students”.

Executive Dean of the Faculty, Professor Richard Trembath said, “ I am delighted that a scientist of Juha’s standing is joining the Faculty to lead our genetics and molecular medicine research and education programmes. Juha will be making an active contribution to the Division prior to and during his fellowship in Japan.  I am delighted that Professor Rebecca Oakey has agreed to continue in the role of Divisional Head through this period of transition”.

Born and educated in Helsinki, Finland, Juha has been living in Sweden for 16 years. Away from the laboratory, Juha is a classical music enthusiast and looks forward to the cultural and opportunities London has to offer.