Minna Ruddock (Männikkö)
Minna Ruddock (Männikkö), PhD, is the Research director at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu (UO). She leads the Research infrastructure for population studies that manages large data sets such as Northern Finland Birth Cohorts (NFBC, http://www.oulu.fi/nfbc/).
She received her Ph.D. degree in 1996 in Prof. Karl Tryggvason’s research group at the UO. The research group characterized the genetic defect in the congenital nephrotic syndrome (NPHS1). Her post-doctoral period in 1998-2000 was at Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, USA) in Dr. Jouni Uitto’s laboratory, where she studied transgenic mouse model of a blistering skin disease. In 2000 she joined the group of Prof. Leena Ala-Kokko at the Institute of Biomedicine (OU) and was introduced to the genetics of rare cartilage diseases. She was appointed as adjunct professor (molecular genetics) in 2007. She joined the NFBC studies in 2012 as a Senior research fellow at the Institute of Health Sciences (UO). Her research focus is on genetic epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders. She has co-authored 67 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and supervised nine doctoral theses.