Downloadable version of CV here. (last updated 2022)
CONTACT AND PERSONAL INFORMATION
Name: Ville Rolf Ilmari Kaila
Address (work): Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University
Civil status: Married, two children (born 2013, 2019)
E-mail: ville.kaila . AT . dbb.su.se
Date of Birth: Dec, 6, 1983 (age 39)
2007-2009 PhD in Biochemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland.
PhD Thesis: ”Theoretical Studies on Coupled Electron and Proton Transfer in Cytochrome c Oxidase”. Grade: excellent
2003-2006 M.Sc. in Biochemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland.
(Physical Chemistry, Physics and Theoretical Physics)
2003 High school graduation, Gymnasiet Svenska Normallyceum, Helsinki, Finland.
1994-2003 Sibelius Academy, Finland. Major in classical violin.
RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2019-present Full professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, Sweden. (Former Chair of Prof. G. von Heijne)
2021-2025 Visiting Professorship (Mercator Program, SFB1078), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
2018-2019 Professor (W3) of Computational Biocatalysis, Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany.
2013-present Tenure track Professor (W2 tenure to W3) of Computational Biocatalysis, Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany.
2013 Offer for Assistant Professor (W1), Department of Chemistry, Free University of Berlin, Germany (declined).
2010-2013 Post-doctoral researcher, Laboratory of Chemical Physics (LCP), NIDDK, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Mentor: Gerhard Hummer, PhD
2010-2012 EMBO Long-Term Fellow
2011 Docent (Adjunct Professor) in Physical Biochemistry University of Helsinki.
2010 Short-term post-doctoral researcher, Department of Chemistry and Helsinki Bioenergetics Group, University of Helsinki, Finland. Mentor: Prof. Dage Sundholm.
2009-2010 Compulsory military service
2006-2009 Temporary Lecturer, Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland.
2005-2009 Researcher and PhD student, Helsinki Bioenergetics Group, University of Helsinki, Finland. Supervisor: Prof. Mårten Wikström.
2008 Visiting scholar in research group of Prof. Peter Taylor, University of Warwick, UK.
2005 Research assistant in NMR laboratory, University of Helsinki, Finland.
2004 Research assistant in Helsinki Bioenergetics Group, University of Helsinki, Finland.
PUBLICATIONS SUMMARY AND INVITED TALKS
ca. 109 peer-reviewed articles (see publications list below), 4523 citations in total, h-index 40 (Google scholar), including multiple publications in e.g. PNAS (14), Nature Chemistry (2), Nature Comm (9), Nature Chem Biol (1), Science Adv (1), Angew Chemie (4), Chem Rev (2), Chem Science (2), and JACS (10); > 60 invited/plenary talks during 2014-present. See publication list for further details. > 50 invited/plenary talks during 2014 – present.
10 post-docs (4 now at PI/senior scientist positions), 16 PhD students (7 completed; 9 in progress), >20 research internships/BSc/MSc-theses.
Lectured and developed ca. 20 courses at BSc, MSc, PhD level during 2013-present. Stockholm Uni: Structural Biochemistry (MSc), Membrane Biochemistry (MSc).
TUM: Molecular Structure and Statistical Mechanics (BSc), Biophysical Chemistry (BSc), Biochemistry BSc Seminars; TUM-BWL laboratory practical (BSc); Computational Biochemistry I + II (MSc), Advanced Electronic Structure Theory (MSc), Methods of Molecular Simulations (MSc), Research Practical In Physical Chemistry (MSc); etc.
Imperial College London: Molecular Bioenergetics (annual guest lecturer)
U. Helsinki: Thermodynamics (BSc), Dynamics (BSc), The Structure of Atoms and Molecules (BSc), Introduction to Chemistry for Biologists (BSc), NIH: Biophysical Modeling (graduate level)
HONORS, AWARDS, GRANTS
2022 Svedberg Prize in Biochemistry
2021 Tage Erlander Prize in Natural Sciences and Technology (275 000 SEK).
2020 Elected Foreign Member of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters.
2020 Research Grant from Swedish Research Council (VR), 4.9 Mio SEK.
2020 Research Grant from Swedish Cancer foundation 1.6 Mio SEK.
2019 Science Prize from Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagberg’s foundation
2019 Wallenberg Academy Fellow (15 Mio SEK)
2019 Wallenberg foundation project (38 Mio SEK). Team: Högbom-Brzezinski-Ädelroth-Kaila: The obligate respiratory supercomplex – augmented biological energy conversion”
2019 Recognition award: Ruth & Nils-Erik Stenbäck’s foundation.
2018 Recognition for excellence in teaching nomination at TUM
2018 Recognition award: Hans Fischer Memorial Award
2018 Research grant from DFG, TRR235), “Emergence of Life” ca. 500,000 EUR
2018 Center of Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM), grant 10,000 EUR
2017 Center of Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM), grant 25,000 EUR
2016 European Research Council (ERC), Starting Grant, “bioPCET”, 1.5 Mio EUR for five years (2017-2021).
2016 Research grant from DFG, SFB1035, ca. 424,000 EUR
2015 Recognition award: The Grand Prize from Oskar Öflunds foundation, 15,000 EUR.
2015 Research Grant, DFG: “Molecular Mechanism of Energy Conversion in Respiratory Complex I”, 385,867 EUR.
2015 DAAD-Academy of Finland Researcher exchange, “Computational Studies of Electronically Excited States of Biochromophores”, 23,500 EUR.
2014 Research Grant from Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation “The molecular function of biomimetic water-splitting catalysts”, 89,000 EUR.
2010-2012 Long-Term Fellowship for research by EMBO.
2010 Recognition award, Ruth & Nils-Erik Stenbäck’s foundation, Finnish Science Foundation (Societas Scientiarum Fennica).
2009 The Alfthan’s prize from Finnish Chemical Society, for best doctoral thesis 2009 in Chemistry in Finland.
2007-2009 PhD fellowship from Helsinki Graduate School of Biotechnology and, Molecular Biology, University of Helsinki, Finland.
2006 Research Award, Finnish Cultural Foundation for research in Computational Biochemistry.