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Johanna
Schleutker
Professor, Institute of Biomedicine
PhD, Professor of Medical Genetics

Contact

+358 29 450 2726
+358 50 443 7237
Kiinamyllynkatu 10
20520
Turku

Areas of expertise

Cancer genetics
hereditary cancer
genomics
human genetics

Biography

Johanna Schleutker got her PhD in 1995 in University of Turku, Faculty of Medicine.The topic of her doctoral thesis was "Linkage disequilibrium is Salla disease; positioning of the sialic acid transport defect". She then moved to University of Tampere, and did her post doc in 1996-1998 in the Cancer Genetics research group of Professor Olli Kallioniemi. Her career continued in the US where she spent the years of 1999-2000 working as a research associate at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. During the NIH years, she studied genetics of familial prostate cancer in the group of Dr. Jeffrey M.Trent. After her return to Finland, Schleutker started her own research group in 2001 at the Insitute of Medical Technology, University of Tampere, and has ever since focused her studies on genetics and genetic susceptibility of prostate and breast cancer. Schleutker got a professorship in University of Tampere in 2008. In 2011 she started as a professor of medical genetics in University of Turku.

Teaching

Genetics, cancer genetics, hereditary cancer, genomics, molecular biology.

Research

The Schleutker group "Genetic Predisposition to Cancer" is studying both breast and prostate cancer genetics, the main emphasis being on prostate cancer. Of all cancers, prostate cancer (PrCa) has been reported as one of the most heritable diseases: genetic factors have been estimated to account for 57% of the risk. The goal is to identify and characterize predisposing genes and variants, especially those affecting aggressive outcome, including treatment responses to therapies. Further, the aim is to develop tools for prognostic purposes, i.e. prognostic biomarkers. The group has identified many significant genomic risk regions, candidate genes and variants, which have been then further profiled and characterized by functional studies. The group has produced (by 2018) ten PhD degrees and published over 150 original, peer-reviewed articles in international journals.

Publications

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Trans-ancestry genome-wide association meta-analysis of prostate cancer identifies new susceptibility loci and informs genetic risk prediction (2021)

Nature Genetics
Conti DV, Darst BF, Moss LC, Saunders EJ, Sheng X, Chou A, Schumacher FR, Al Olama AA, Benlloch S, Dadaev T, Brook MN, Sahimi A, Hoffmann TJ, Takahashi A, Matsuda K, Momozawa Y, Fujita M, Muir K, Lophatananon A, Wan P, Le Marchand L, Wilkens LR, Stevens VL, Gapstur SM, Carter BD, Schleutker J, Tammela TLJ, Sipeky C, Auvinen A, Giles GG, Southey MC, MacInnis RJ, Cybulski C, Wokolorczyk D, Lubinski J, Neal DE, Donovan JL, Hamdy FC, Martin RM, Nordestgaard BG, Nielsen SF, Weischer M, Bojesen SE, Roder MA, Iversen P, Batra J, Chambers S, Moya L, Horvath L, Clements JA, Tilley W, Risbridger GP, Gronberg H, Aly M, Szulkin R, Eklund M, Nordstrom T, Pashayan N, Dunning AM, Ghoussaini M, Travis RC, Key TJ, Riboli E, Park JY, Sellers TA, Lin HY, Albanes D, Weinstein SJ, Mucci LA, Giovannucci E, Lindstrom S, Kraft P, Hunter DJ, Penney KL, Turman C, Tangen CM, Goodman PJ, Thompson IM, Hamilton RJ, Fleshner NE, Finelli A, Parent ME, Stanford JL, Ostrander EA, Geybels MS, Koutros S, Freeman LEB, Stampfer M, Wolk A, Hakansson N, Andriole GL, Hoover RN, Machiela MJ, Sorensen KD, Borre M, Blot WJ, Zheng W, Yeboah ED, Mensah JE, Lu YJ, Zhang HW, Feng NH, Mao XY, Wu YD, Zhao SC, Sun Z, Thibodeau SN, McDonnell SK, Schaid DJ, West CML, Burnet N, Barnett G, Maier C, Schnoeller T, Luedeke M, Kibel AS, Drake BF, Cussenot O, Cancel-Tassin G, Menegaux F, Truong T, Koudou YA, John EM, Grindedal EM, Maehle L, Khaw KT, Ingles SA, Stern MC, Vega A, Gomez-Caamano A, Fachal L, Rosenstein BS, Kerns SL, Ostrer H, Teixeira MR, Paulo P, Brandao A, Watya S, Lubwama A, Bensen JT, Fontham ETH, Mohler J, Taylor JA, Kogevinas M, Llorca J, Castano-Vinyals G, Cannon-Albright L, Teerlink CC, Huff CD, Strom SS, Multigner L, Blanchet P, Brureau L, Kaneva R, Slavov C, Mitev V, Leach RJ, Weaver B, Brenner H, Cuk K, Holleczek B, Saum KU, Klein EA, Hsing AW, Kittles RA, Murphy AB, Logothetis CJ, Kim J, Neuhausen SL, Steele L, Ding YC, Isaacs WB, Nemesure B, Hennis AJM, Carpten J, Pandha H, Michael A, De Ruyck K, De Meerleer G, Ost P, Xu JF, Razack A, Lim J, Teo SH, Newcomb LF, Lin DW, Fowke JH, Neslund-Dudas C, Rybicki BA, Gamulin M, Lessel D, Kulis T, Usmani N, Singhal S, Parliament M, Claessens F, Joniau S, Van den Broeck T, Gago-Dominguez M, Castelao JE, Martinez ME, Larkin S, Townsend PA, Aukim-Hastie C, Bush WS, Aldrich MC, Crawford DC, Srivastava S, Cullen JC, Petrovics G, Casey G, Roobol MJ, Jenster G, van Schaik RHN, Hu JJ, Sanderson M, Varma R, McKean-Cowdin R, Torres M, Mancuso N, Berndt SI, Van den Eeden SK, Easton DF, Chanock SJ, Cook MB, Wiklund F, Nakagawa H, Witte JS, Eeles RA, Kote-Jarai Z, Haiman CA
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Multisite Evaluation and Validation of a Sensitive Diagnostic and Screening System for Spinal Muscular Atrophy that Reports SMN1 and SMN2 Copy Number, along with Disease Modifier and Gene Duplication Variants (2021)

Journal of Molecular Diagnostics
Milligan John N, Larson Jessica L, Filipovic-Sadic Stella, Laosinchai-Wolf Walairat, Huang Ya-Wen, Ko Tsang-Ming, Abbott Kristin M, Lemmink Henny H, Toivonen Minna, Schleutker Johanna, Gentile Caren, Van Deerlin Vivianna M, Zhu Huiping, Latham Gary J
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Polygenic hazard score is associated with prostate cancer in multi-ethnic populations (2021)

Nature Communications
Huynh-Le MP, Fan CC, Karunamuni R, Thompson WK, Martinez ME, Eeles RA, Kote-Jarai Z, Muir K, Schleutker J, Pashayan N, Batra J, Gronberg H, Neal DE, Donovan JL, Hamdy FC, Martin RM, Nielsen SF, Nordestgaard BG, Wiklund F, Tangen CM, Giles GG, Wolk A, Albanes D, Travis RC, Blot WJ, Zheng W, Sanderson M, Stanford JL, Mucci LA, West CML, Kibel AS, Cussenot O, Berndt SI, Koutros S, Sorensen KD, Cybulski C, Grindedal EM, Menegaux F, Khaw KT, Park JY, Ingles SA, Maier C, Hamilton RJ, Thibodeau SN, Rosenstein BS, Lu YJ, Watya S, Vega A, Kogevinas M, Penney KL, Huff C, Teixeira MR, Multigner L, Leach RJ, Cannon-Albright L, Brenner H, John EM, Kaneva R, Logothetis CJ, Neuhausen SL, De Ruyck K, Pandha H, Razack A, Newcomb LF, Fowke JH, Gamulin M, Usmani N, Claessens F, Gago-Dominguez M, Townsend PA, Bush WS, Roobol MJ, Parent ME, Hu JJ, Mills IG, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Seibert TM; UKGPCS collaborators; APCB (Australian Prostate Cancer
BioResource); NC-LA PCaP Investigators; The IMPACT Study Steering Committee and Collaborators; Canary
PASS Investigators; The Profile Study Steering Committee; The PRACTICAL Consortium
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

KLK3 SNP-SNP interactions for prediction of prostate cancer aggressiveness (2021)

Scientific Reports
Lin HY, Huang PY, Cheng CH, Tung HY, Fang ZD, Berglund AE, Chen A, French-Kwawu J, Harris D, Pow-Sang J, Yamoah K, Cleveland JL, Awasthi S, Rounbehler RJ, Gerke T, Dhillon J, Eeles R, Kote-Jarai Z, Muir K, Schleutker J, Pashayan N, Neal DE, Nielsen SF, Nordestgaard BG, Gronberg H, Wiklund F, Giles GG, Haiman CA, Travis RC, Stanford JL, Kibel AS, Cybulski C, Khaw KT, Maier C, Thibodeau SN, Teixeira MR, Cannon-Albright L, Brenner H, Kaneva R, Pandha H, Srinivasan S, Clements J, Batra J, Park JY; UKGPCS collaborators; APCB(Australian Prostate Cancer BioResource)
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Additional SNPs improve risk stratification of a polygenic hazard score for prostate cancer (2021)

Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
Karunamuni RA, Huynh-Le MP, Fan CC, Thompson W, Eeles RA, Kote-Jarai Z, Muir K, Lophatananon A, Schleutker J, Pashayan N, Batra J, Gronberg H, Walsh EI, Turner EL, Lane A, Martin RM, Neal DE, Donovan JL, Hamdy FC, Nordestgaard BG, Tangen CM, MacInnis RJ, Wolk A, Albanes D, Haiman CA, Travis RC, Stanford JL, Mucci LA, West CML, Nielsen SF, Kibel AS, Wiklund F, Cussenot O, Berndt SI, Koutros S, Sorensen KD, Cybulski C, Grindedal EM, Park JY, Ingles SA, Maier C, Hamilton RJ, Rosenstein BS, Vega A, Kogevinas M, Penney KL, Teixeira MR, Brenner H, John EM, Kaneva R, Logothetis CJ, Neuhausen SL, Razack A, Newcomb LF, Gamulin M, Usmani N, Claessens F, Gago-Dominguez M, Townsend PA, Roobol MJ, Zheng W, Mills IG, Andreassen OA, Dale AM, Seibert TM; The PRACTICAL Consortium
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

PHACTR1 genetic variability is not critical in small vessel ischemic disease patients and PcomA recruitment in C57BL/6J mice (2021)

Scientific Reports
Messerschmidt C, Foddis M, Blumenau S, Müller S, Bentele K, Holtgrewe M, Kun-Rodrigues C, Alonso I, Macario MD, Morgadinho AS, Velon AG, Santo G, Santana I, Mönkäre S, Kuuluvainen L, Schleutker J, Pöyhönen M, Myllykangas L, Senatore A, Berchtold D, Winek K, Meisel A, Pavlovic A, Kostic V, Dobricic V, Lohmann E, Hanagasi H, Guven G, Bilgic B, Bras J, Guerreiro R, Beule D, Dirnagl U, Sassi C, Sassi C
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)