I have had quite a long research career. I defended my Master’s thesis in the field of biomedicine in 1993. It was a time of the reorganization of Estonian scientific landscape and so I was one of the first graduates of the new Master’s program in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tartu. Later I worked to resolve some exciting and fascinating problems of cellular bioenergetics such as contributing to the discovery of the phenomenon of tissue specificity of the regulation of cellular energy metabolism. Having achieved success, I defended my doctoral thesis „Molecular approach to the regulation of mitochondrial function in oxidative muscle cells.” Throughout my academic career gene expression in health and disease and intracellular interactions and communication have been my biggest interest and the substantive component of research, showing me the way to study intercellular communication in health and disease just as well.
Such completed competence courses like “Laboratory Animal Science in Modern Biomedical Research”, held at the Norwegian College of Veterinary Medicine, Oslo and also EMBO Practical Course “Advanced Techniques in Molecular Medicine” hosted by Uppsala University have been useful for me in many different ways.
At the present time I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Pathophysiology of Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine