Mika Ala-Korpela

BSc, MSc, PhLic, PhD in Physics, Docent in Biological NMR
Professor of Computational Medicine

Research Unit of Population Health
Faculty of Medicine

Professor Mika Ala-Korpela

Dr Ala-Korpela is a Professor of Computational Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, and a Research Director at the School of Pharmacy, University of Eastern Finland. He is an honorary Professor of Computational Medicine at the University of Bristol, UK, after working there for over 6 years. He has also been one of the principal investigators at the Biocenter Oulu since 2016. His newest project at BCO for 2024-2027 is titled Innovative multi-domain metabolomics paradigm to disrupt metabolic health profiling and to improve cardiometabolic disease prevention.

Professor Ala-Korpela was recently awarded a 4-year 0.5 M€ research grant (2023-2027) from the Academy of Finland, the Research Council for Biosciences, Health and Environment for a project titled New open access platform of quantitative high-throughput urine metabolomics to uncover molecular risk factors and drug effects on cardiometabolic diseases. He also recently got a 1-year research grant from the Finnish Foundation for Cardiovascular Research for his research in the area of urinary metabolomics in relation to cardiometabolic diseases.

His research focuses on the applications of ‘omics technologies in clinical and systems epidemiology to understand the molecular and genetic characteristics of metabolic health and disease development and to utilise these data in advancing disease risk assessment and prevention.

Research interests

  • Systems & molecular epidemiology
  • Multiple 'omics - metabolomics, lipidomics and genetics
  • Metabolic phenotyping and biomarkers
  • Cardiometabolic health and diseases
  • Disease risk assessment and prevention
  • Large-scale population studies and biobanks
  • Causality and Mendelian randomization
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • NMR spectroscopy and mass spec lipidomics
  • Scientific robustness and reproducibility
  • Resisting scientific hype

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