Tomás Ruiz-López


Tomás Ruiz-López is a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technologies. He obtained this degree from the University of Granada in Spain, where he also received a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a M.Sc. in Software Engineering. He is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cancer Registry of Norway on the NIASC funded project called SOIGNONS, supervised by Dr. Mari Nygård, whose aim is to use mobile applications and gamification to convey information about the Human Pailloma Virus (HPV) and cervical cancer to the general public. In this way, people can nudge others to become aware of how important is to prevent this type of cancer by attending to screening. The ultimate goal is to try to increase the attendance to screening in the underscreened population. E-mail:

Xueping Liu


I received my master degree in Bioinformatics from East China University of Science and Technology, and PhD degree in Bioinformatics from Technical University Munich, Germany. I have gained extensive knowledge of integration and analysis of drug combination and chemical genomics data, and I am proficient in programming using Java, Bash, Perl and R. Currently, I am a postdoc supervised by Professor Mads Melbye and Dr. Bartlomiej Wilkowski (Danish National Biobank at Statens Serum Institut, Denmark), and Professor Kristian Hveem (HUNT Biobank, Norway). My postdoc project aims to integrate the Danish Biobank Register system with Norwegian biobanks and registers as a first step towards a complete integration in all Nordic countries. In addition, I will work on designing additional tools (features) into the existing Biobank Register system, e.g. an intelligent search regarding specific single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) available and associated with various sample collections, leading to better access and linking of biological samples with associated both diagnostic and genomic data. E-mail:


Priit Palta


My background is in molecular biology (BSc) and bioinformatics (MSc and PhD from the University of Tartu, Estonia). My thesis work involved computational methods for DNA copy number variant (CNV) detection and allelic phasing of CNVs. In Prof. Aarno Palotie¹s group (2 years in Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and 2 years at FIMM, University of Helsinki) I¹ve been working with chip- and sequencing-based rare functional variants in the context of migraine and schizophrenia. Additionally, I have been working with different aspects of genetics of isolated populations and their WGS-based imputation (the SISu – Sequencing Initiative Suomi project) and linking these genetic data to the health-related registry datasets available through the Finnish Biobank (IPHG – Industry Partnership for Human Genetics project). My NIACS-related work will involve developing computational pipeline and methods for imputing and studying rare and low-frequency variants in large populations-based cohorts available through the Finnish Biobank and the Estonian Genome Centre.