Hannes Lohi (PhD) is a Professor of Molecular Genetics at the Faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki. He is also a group leader in Folkhälsan Research Center since 2006 and holds an adjunct professorship at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Dr Lohi received his master’s degree in 1999 at the University of Oulu and PhD in 2002 at the University of Helsinki. He completed his first post-doctoral training in cancer genetics (2002-2003) at the University of Helsinki before moving to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, for his 2nd post-doctoral training in neurogenetics (2003-2006). He returned to the University of Helsinki in the Fall of 2006 to establish his group. He was invited to a professorship in 2008 at the University of Helsinki and was tenured in 2014.
He has established an internationally recognized laboratory that focuses on canine models of human genetic disorders. He has established one of the largest canine biobanks globally with >80000 samples from 330 breeds of dog. This resource has provided access to various disease models across disorders, including atopic dermatitis in dogs. Dr Lohi has >230 publications with seminal discoveries published in the leading journals, and he has been awarded several prestigious grants, including ERCStG. His latest omics efforts involve the genomics of ~100 diseases, metabolomics of disease, and transcriptomics for the functional annotation of the canine genome.