Tuuli Lappalainen, PhD - Core Member, Assistant Investigator

Tuuli Lappalainen, PhD, is a Core Member and Assistant Investigator at the New York Genome Center. She holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems Biology at Columbia University.

Her research focuses on functional genetic variation in human populations and its contribution to traits and diseases. Dr. Lappalainen has pioneered the integration of large-scale genome and transcriptome sequencing data to understand how genetic variation affects gene expression, providing insight to cellular mechanisms underlying genetic risk for disease. The work of her research group at NYGC links computational and population genomics to experimental molecular biology.

Dr. Lappalainen received her PhD in Genetics from the University of Helsinki, Finland in 2009, followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and Stanford University. She has made important contributions to several international research consortia in human genomics, including the 1000 Genomes Project and the Genotype Tissue Expression (GTEx) Project, and led the RNA-sequencing work of the Geuvadis Consortium. GenomeWeb profiled her in their 2013 feature on promising young investigators.