Sara Annika Wickström

Group Leader (Max Planck Research Group)

Date and place of birth
1976, Finland


Scientific Career

2018-present Associate Professor, Helsinki Institute of Life Science, University of Helsinki
2010-present Max Planck Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany
2005-2010 Postdoctoral fellow, Laboratory of Prof. Reinhard Fässler, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
2004-2005 General Practitioner, Viiskulma Health Care Center, Helsinki, Finland
2001-2004 PhD Student and Research Assistant of Cancer Biology, Department of Pathology, University of Helsinki, Finland


2004 Ph.D. (Dr. Med. Sci), University of Helsinki, Finland
2001 Licensed to practice, National Board of Health, Finland
2001 M.D., University of Helsinki, Finland


2017 Frontiers Lecture, European Society for Dermatological Research
2017 Binder Innovation Prize, German Society for Cell Biology
2011 Scholarship of the Young Collegium, North-Rhine Westphalia Academy of Arts and Sciences
2008 - 2010 Postdoctoral fellowship, Max Planck Society
2005 - 2008 Postdoctoral fellowship, Sigrid Juselius Foundation, Finland
2005 Research Award, Academy of Finland (Awarded to fund postdoctoral studies)
2005 Research Award, Finnish Cultural Foundation (Awarded for outstanding PhD)
2004 Biomedical Thesis Award, University of Helsinki, Finland


2020 EMBO Member
2016- Editorial Board Member - Cell Stress
2016- Editorial Board Member - Biology of the Cell
2016- 2017 Selection committee member for ATIP-Avenir research program, Inserm, France

2015- 2017

Grant review panel member of French National Academy of Sciences (ANR)
2015 Member, German Society for Cell Biology
2013- Member of Steering Committee and Faculty Member, Cologne Graduate School of Ageing
2013- Executive Board Member, SFB 829, University of Cologne
2013- Member European Society for Dermatological Research
2013- Editorial Board Member, Matrix Biology
2013- Editorial Board Member, Experimental Dermatology
2013- 2016 Institute representative to the Biomedical Section of the Scientific Council of the Max Planck Society
2012- Member of the Cologne Cluster of Excellence in Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-associated Diseases (CECAD)
2012- Council Member, International Society for Matrix Biology
2011- 2015 Member of Young Collegium, North-Rhine Westphalia Academy of Arts and Sciences

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