Sirpa Jalkanen (b. 1954) is one of the world’s leading researchers of the migration mechanisms of immune cells. Among her key accomplishments are the discovery and characterisation of trafficking molecules that regulate inflammatory diseases and the spread of cancer.
Together with her research team, she has produced a number of groundbreaking results and innovative observations that have turned previously held conceptions about immunology and vascular biology on their heads. She conducts high-risk, high-gain research with potential to yield significant results to advance the treatment of severe inflammatory diseases and prevent the spread of cancer.
“The most fascinating aspect of research is the thrill of the hunt and the joy of discovery. I’ve always sought to study the unknown, to uncover something of significance to the treatment or prevention of diseases. Admittedly, this approach may often lead you into uncharted territory with no map or signposts. And when you suddenly find the answer you were looking for – be it a new phenomenon, molecule or mechanism – you see things in a new light and find your way forward.” – Sirpa Jalkanen
Jalkanen received the honorary title of Academician of Science in 2015.