Tuomas Kilpeläinen obtained his PhD at the University of Kuopio, Finland, and from 2009 to 2011 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge, United Kingdom. In 2012 he became an assistant professor at the Section of Metabolic Genetics at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 2015, he is also an adjunct assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA.
Tuomas’s main research interest is the identification of genetic variants contributing to the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes and the study of how lifestyle modifies the genetic effects. Thereby he has coordinated or been actively involved in the work of a number of consortia of genome-wide association studies, and a major part of his work has focused on the identification of gene x lifestyle interactions in large-scale meta-analyses of genetic studies.