Professor and Team leader, Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, Tampere University, Finland
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13.45 Building a better life
Dr. Skottman, PhD, joined Tampere University in 2005 having worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Karolinska Institute, Sweden and University of Turku Finland. Dr. Skottman holds M.Sc. in applied zoology and a Ph.D. in molecular animal biotechnology in University of Eastern Finland. In addition she has educated herself in Turku School of Economics (biobusiness program), Finland; University pedagogic studies and Study Programme in Administration and Management of Higher Education, Tampere University, Finland.
Dr. Skottman is currently Professor in Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, group leader and responsible professor for Master of Science in Cell Technology program. Dr. Skottman has over 16 years’ experience on human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC). Last 10 years she has devoted herself in eye research targeting already from the early phases of research towards clinical applications in ophthalmology. Currently her research focus on retinal and corneal diseases, developing hPSC based tools for disease modeling, drug discovery, 3D bioprinting and cell therapy applications.
In addition, she has experience on intellectual property strategy, licensing of stem cell products and establishment of spin-off companies. She has co-authored over 10 patent applications and has over 100 peer reviewed scientific publications in area of biotechnology and human stem cell research with H-index 35. She has attract over 8 million euros of R&D funding after completion of PhD and she has also run several collaborative projects together with industrial partners including pharma and biomaterial companies. In 2010, she received Academy of Finland Award for scientific courage, award granted to researchers who have shown exceptional scientific audacity, creativity or innovation in their work. In 2019, she received Pirkanmaa palkinto award for pioneering medical innovations and Scandinavian Society for Biomaterial research award 2019.
She is a facilitator, motivator and her team leader strategy is based on strong confident of everyone’s capabilities to perform their best when they have freedom to think creatively, take risks and possibilities to take responsibility of the work tasks. She is a mother of two kids, enthusiastic reader and summer cottage owner during her free time.