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Speaker - Tarja Malm
A.I.Virtanen Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland

Prof. Tarja Malm is Professor (tenure track) in Molecular Neurobiology and the head of the Neuroinflammation research group at the A.I.Virtanen Institute, University of Eastern Finland and the head of the “In vitro and ex vivo electrophysiology core facility” at the Biocenter Kuopio. She obtained her PhD in 2006 in Neurobiology with the focus on glial cell biology and carried out her postdoctoral training at the Case Western Reserve University, USA.

Her research focuses on understanding how and why microglia become malfunctional in different neurodegenerative diseases and to elucidate the functional impact of microglia-neuron interactions. Her group uses interdisciplinary approaches and develops novel, human based models to find therapeutic strategies to combat brain diseases. Her research group has pioneered development of methodologies to differentiate microglia and microglia containing cerebral organoids from human induced pluripotent stem cells.