Group Leader

Kaila2Ville R. I. Kaila was born in 1983 in Helsinki, Finland. He received his M.Sc. in 2006 and his Ph.D. in  Biochemistry in 2009 at the University of Helsinki in the group of Prof. Mårten Wikström. After his Ph.D., he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the groups of Prof. Dage Sundholm at the University of Helsinki, and Dr. Gerhard Hummer at the Laboratory of Chemical Physics, at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. He became Adjunct Professor (Docent) of Physical Biochemistry at University of Helsinki in 2011. In 2013 he was appointed (W2) tenure-track Professor of Computational Biocatalysis at Department of Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and tenured in 2018 (W3). In 2019 Kaila and his research team moved to Stockholm University where he currently is  Full professor of Biochemistry (former chair of G. von Heijne). His research is focused on understanding molecular principles of enzyme catalysis, with special emphasis on biological energy conversion, which he explores using a combination of computational biochemistry and biophysical experiments. Prof. Kaila has also studied classical violin at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, and actively performs as a musician.