Janne Jänis

Professor, University of Eastern Finland, Department of Chemistry

Janne is one of the founders of Desentum. He obtained his PhD degree in organic chemistry in 2005 from the University of Joensuu. After graduation, he started his independent academic career as a postdoctoral researcher (funded by the Academy of Finland) at the Department of Chemistry, University of Joensuu, mainly working on high-resolution mass spectrometry of proteins. He was appointed assistant professor in 2008, an acting professor in 2009, and finally professor of organic chemistry in 2011. He is also an adjunct professor (docent) of mass spectrometry at the University of Helsinki. He has published more than 70 papers in refereed scientific journals.

Janne's main research area is mass spectrometry of biomolecules, especially proteins and peptides. He was among the first ones in Finland to employ high-resolution mass spectrometry for structural characterization of proteins, and pioneered the use of native mass spectrometry technique for protein interaction studies. His main research interests include intact protein characterization by top-down mass spectrometry, analysis of protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions as well as structure and redox-chemistry of metalloproteins. His group also utilizes high-resolution mass spectrometry for complex mixture analysis, especially chemical fingerprinting of biomass based bio-oils.

Janne is currently a head of mass spectrometry and bioanalytical chemistry research group at UEF Chemistry. Apart from research, he teaches organic chemistry and mass spectrometry at the undergraduate and graduate student levels. He has been a frequent invited speaker in scientific conferences and training schools in Finland and abroad. He has been active and held several administrative duties in scientific societies, including Chemist Association of Eastern Finland (board member 2000-2002; chairman 2003) and Finnish Mass Spectrometry Society (board member 2003-2004; chairman 2005-2008). He is also a vice representative for Biocenter Kuopio in Biocenter Finland structural biology network.