Short professional biography
Seppo Parkkila M.D., Ph.D. (born 1966) is a Professor of Anatomy at Tampere University (tuni.fi), Finland. He graduated from the University of Oulu in 1991 (M.D.) and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1994. During 1996-1998 he worked as a visiting researcher in the laboratory of Professor William S. Sly at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. He became a specialist physician in Clinical Chemistry in 2001. In 2002, he moved to Tampere University where he was appointed to the post of Professor of Medical Technology and Biotechnology, and later in 2008 to the post of Professor of Anatomy. His research work focuses on pH-regulation, carbonic anhydrases and regulation of iron homeostasis (http://tissuebiology.com). Professor Parkkila has published about 300 articles in scientific journals or books and has a wide network of research collaborators around the world. He has supervised 15 Ph.D. theses and a number of M.Sc. thesis projects. Professor Parkkila has been actively involved in university administrative bodies. He has been a vice-chairman of the board of the School of Medicine in Tampere and also a director of the M.D.-Ph.D. program. In 2016-2018 he served as a vice-rector of the university. In addition to these academic responsibilities, he was a candidate in the parliamentary elections of 2015 representing the National Coalition Party of Finland (kokoomus.fi). He has served or currently serves in various organizations as a board member. Since 2018 he is a chairman of the strategic board of the FinELib consortium. His military rank is senior lieutenant M.C.