Kristiina Tammimies

Principal researcher

Research group leader at KIND with focus on decoding genetic and molecular pathways in neurodevelopmental disorders. Foto: Ulf Sirborn

Research description

The main focus of my research is to understand how genetic factors contribute to the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and how these factors translate into biological pathways affecting brain development. In specific projects, we are also aiming to investigate how genetic factors can be used to predict outcome of treatment and training that are used to help individuals with NDDs.

To answer these questions I’m using genome-wide techniques such as whole genome sequencing to identify genetic variation of all size ranges and analyze their consequences to genes, pathways and phenotypic outcomes with combination of bioinformatic and experimental approaches. 

Website for the Tammimies group: https://ki.se/en/kbh/tammimies-lab 



Swedish Research Council

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

Jeansson Foundations


Åke Wiberg Stiftelse


Karolinska Institutet's foundations and funds

Stockholm County Council (SLL/ALF)



Post-doctoral training, 2012-2014, The Centre of Applied Genomics, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

PhD 2011 Dep. Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet. Thesis title: Molecular studies of Dyslexia: Regulation and Function of DYX1C1

MSc, 2007, University of Oulu 

Academic honours, awards and prizes


2017 the Jeanssons Foundation personal award to particularly outstanding young researchers

2016 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science-priset i Sverige med stöd av Sveriges unga akademi

2015 Ingvar Carlsson Award 6

2014 University of Toronto McLaughlin Centre Training Award

2013 ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research – Semifinalist