Jukka Corander

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Visiting address Sognsvannsveien 9 Domus Medica 0372 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1122 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

I'm interested in and doing actively research in the following areas: Bayesian statistics, inference, stochastic simulation algorithms, probabilistic graphical models, machine learning, evolution, population genetics, forensic statistics.

Current positions and affiliations

2016 -   Professor, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo, Norway

2009 -   Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Helsinki, Finland

2016 -   May-August 2016, Visiting fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK

Previous positions 

2007 – 2016     Professor, Department of Mathematics, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

2003 – 2007     Senior lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Helsinki, Finland

Institutional responsibilities

2010 –             Vice-director, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Helsinki, Finland

2014 – 2017     Board member of Faculty of Sciences, University of Helsinki

2015 – 2017     Vice-director, COIN Centre of Excellence

2015 –             Research Program director, Helsinki Institute of Information Technology (HIIT)

Memeberships of scientific societies

2009 –             Member, International Biometric Society

2013 – 2016     President, The Finnish Society of Biostatistics

Awards and selected grants

2008                 Per Brahe Award “Young scientist of the year” Åbo Akademi University, Finland

2015                Cozzarelli prize by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for an outstanding scientific excellence and originality in a publication during 2014.

2009-14            ERC StG, SmartBayes, from PE1

2012-17            Centre of Excellence in Computational Inference Research (COIN)




  • Abudahab, Khalil; Prada, Joaquín; Yang, Zhirong; Bentley, Stephen; Croucher, Nicholas; Corander, Jukka & Anensen, David (2018). PANINI: Pangenome Neighbour Identification for Bacterial Populations. Microbial Genomics.  ISSN 2057-5858.
  • Arnold, Brian; Gutmann, Michael U.; Grad, Yonatan H.; Sheppard, Samuel K.; Corander, Jukka; Lipsitch, Marc & Hanage, William P. (2018). Weak epistasis may drive adaptation in recombining bacteria. Genetics.  ISSN 0016-6731.  208(3), s 1247- 1260 . doi: 10.1534/genetics.117.300662
  • Lintusaari, Jarno; Vuollekoski, Henri; Kangasraasio, Antti; Skyten, Kusti; Jarvenpaa, Marko; Marttinen, Pekka; Gutmann, Michael U.; Vehtari, Aki; Corander, Jukka & Kaski, Samuel (2018). ELFI: Engine for Likelihood-Free Inference. Journal of machine learning research.  ISSN 1532-4435.  19(16), s 1- 7
  • Meric, Guillaume; McNally, Alan; Pessia, Alberto; Mourkas, Evangelos; Pascoe, Ben; Mageiros, Leonardos; Vehkala, Minna; Corander, Jukka & Sheppard, Samuel K (2018). Convergent amino acid signatures in polyphyletic campylobacter jejuni subpopulations suggest human niche tropism. Genome Biology and Evolution.  ISSN 1759-6653.  10(3), s 763- 774 . doi: 10.1093/gbe/evy026
  • Pensar, Johan; Kohonen, J & Corander, Jukka (2018). Exact Bayesian learning of Partition Directed Acyclic Graphs. Journal of Physics, Conference Series.  ISSN 1742-6588.  1036(1), s 1- 12 . doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/1036/1/012017
  • Pessia, Alberto & Corander, Jukka (2018). Kpax3: Bayesian bi-clustering of large sequence datasets. Bioinformatics.  ISSN 1367-4803.  34(12), s 2132- 2133 . doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bty056
  • Sipola, Aleksi; Marttinen, Pekka & Corander, Jukka (2018). Bacmeta: simulator for genomic evolution in bacterial metapopulations. Bioinformatics.  ISSN 1367-4803.  34(13), s 2308- 2310 . doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bty093
  • Smet, Annemieke; Yahara, Koji; Rossi, Mirko; Tay, Alfred; Backert, Steffen; Armin, Ensser; Fox, James G.; Flahou, Bram; Ducatelle, R.; Haesebrouck, Freddy & Corander, Jukka (2018). Macroevolution of gastric Helicobacter species unveils interspecies admixture and time of divergence. The ISME Journal.  ISSN 1751-7362.  s 1- 14 . doi: 10.1038/s41396-018-0199-5
  • Van den Bunt, G.; Top, J.; Hordijk, J.; De Greeff, S.C.; Mughini-Gras, L.; Corander, Jukka; van Pelt, W.; Bonten, M.J.M.; Fluit, A.C. & Willems, Rob J.L. (2018). Intestinal carriage of ampicillin- and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium in humans, dogs and cats in the Netherlands. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.  ISSN 0305-7453.  73(3), s 607- 614 . doi: 10.1093/jac/dkx455
  • Xu, Yingying; Puranen, Santeri; Corander, Jukka & Kabashima, Yoshiyuki (2018). Inverse finite-size scaling for high-dimensional significance analysis. Physical review. E.  ISSN 2470-0045.  97(6) . doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.97.062112
  • Chewapreecha, Claire; Holden, Matthew T.G.; Vehkala, Minna; Välimäki, Niko; Yang, Zhirong; Harris, Simon R.; Mather, Alison E.; Tuanyok, Apichai; De Smet, Birgit; Le Hello, Simon; Bizet, Chantal; Mayo, Mark; Wuthiekanun, Vanaporn; Limmathurotsakul, Direk; Phetsouvanh, Rattanaphone; Spratt, Brian G.; Corander, Jukka; Keim, Paul; Dougan, Gordon; Dance, David A.B.; Currie, Bart J.; Parkhill, Julian & Peacock, Sharon J. (2017). Global and regional dissemination and evolution of Burkholderia pseudomallei. Nature Microbiology.  ISSN 2058-5276.  2:16263, s 1- 8 . doi: 10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.263
  • Corander, Jukka; Fraser, Christophe; Gutmann, Michael U.; Arnold, Brian; Hanage, William P; Bentley, Stephen D; Lipsitch, Marc & Croucher, Nicholas J (2017). Frequency-dependent selection in vaccine-associated pneumococcal population dynamics. Nature Ecology & Evolution.  ISSN 2397-334X.  1(12), s 1950- 1960 . doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0337-x
  • Duplouy, Anne; Wong, Swee C; Corander, Jukka; Lehtonen, Rainer & Hanski, Ilkka (2017). Genetic effects on life-history traits in the Glanville fritillary butterfly. PeerJ.  ISSN 2167-8359.  2017(5) . doi: 10.7717/peerj.3371
  • Gutmann, Michael; Dutta, Ritabrata; Kaski, Samuel & Corander, Jukka (2017). Likelihood-free inference via classification. Statistics and computing.  ISSN 0960-3174.  28(2), s 411- 425 . doi: 10.1007/s11222-017-9738-6
  • Kallonen, Teemu Ville Sakari; Brodrick, Hayley J; Harris, Simon R.; Corander, Jukka; Brown, Nicholas M; Martin, Veronique; Peacock, Sharon J. & Parkhill, Julian (2017). Systematic longitudinal survey of invasive Escherichia coli in England demonstrates a stable population structure only transiently disturbed by the emergence of ST131. Genome Research.  ISSN 1088-9051.  27(8), s 1437- 1449 . doi: 10.1101/gr.216606.116
  • Leppä-aho, Janne; Pensar, Johan; Roos, Teemu & Corander, Jukka (2017). Learning Gaussian graphical models with fractional marginal pseudo-likelihood. International Journal of Approximate Reasoning.  ISSN 0888-613X.  83, s 21- 42 . doi: 10.1016/j.ijar.2017.01.001
  • Lintusaari, Jarno; Gutmann, Michael U.; Dutta, Ritabrata; Kaski, Samuel & Corander, Jukka (2017). Fundamentals and recent developments in approximate Bayesian computation. Systematic Biology.  ISSN 1063-5157.  66(1), s e66- e82 . doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syw077
  • Mohandesan, Elmira; Fitak, Robert R; Corander, Jukka; Yadamsuren, Adiya; Chuluunbat, Battsetseg; Abdelhadi, Omer; Raziq, Abdul; Nagy, Peter; Stalder, Gabrielle; Walzer, Chris; Faye, Bernard & Burger, Pamela A (2017). Mitogenome Sequencing in the Genus Camelus Reveals Evidence for Purifying Selection and Long-term Divergence between Wild and Domestic Bactrian Camels. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322.  7(1) . doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-08995-8
  • Mostowy, Rafal; Croucher, Nicholas J.; Andam, Cheryl P; Corander, Jukka; Hanage, William P & Marttinen, Pekka (2017). Efficient Inference of Recent and Ancestral Recombination within Bacterial Populations. Molecular biology and evolution.  ISSN 0737-4038.  34(5), s 1167- 1182 . doi: 10.1093/molbev/msx066
  • Murray, Susan; Pascoe, Ben; Meric, Guillaume; Mageiros, Leonardos; Yahara, Koji; Hitchings, Matthew D; Friedmann, Yasmin; Wilkinson, Thomas S; Gormley, Fraser J; Mack, Dietrich; Bray, James E.; Lamble, Sarah; Bowden, Rory; Jolley, Keith A.; Maiden, Martin C.J.; Wendlandt, Sarah; Schwarz, Stefan; Corander, Jukka; Fitzgerald, J. Ross & Sheppard, Samuel K (2017). Recombination-mediated host adaptation by avian staphylococcus aureus. Genome Biology and Evolution.  ISSN 1759-6653.  9(4), s 830- 842 . doi: 10.1093/gbe/evx037
  • Pensar, Johan; Nyman, Henrik & Corander, Jukka (2017). Structure Learning of Contextual Markov Networks using Marginal Pseudo-likelihood. Scandinavian Journal of Statistics.  ISSN 0303-6898.  44(2), s 455- 479 . doi: 10.1111/sjos.12260
  • Pensar, Johan; Nyman, Henrik; Niiranen, Juha & Corander, Jukka (2017). Marginal pseudo-likelihood learning of discrete Markov network structures. Bayesian Analysis.  ISSN 1936-0975.  12(4), s 1195- 1215 . doi: 10.1214/16-BA1032
  • Reiseter, Silje; Gunnarsson, Ragnar; Aaløkken, Trond Mogens; Samersaw-Lund, May Brit; Mynarek, Georg; Corander, Jukka; Haydon, Joanna & Molberg, Øyvind (2017). Progression and mortality of interstitial lung disease in mixed connective tissue disease: a long-term observational nationwide cohort study.. Rheumatology.  ISSN 1462-0324.  57(2), s 255- 262 . doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kex077
  • Reiseter, Silje; Gunnarsson, Ragnar; Corander, Jukka; Haydon, Joanna; Samersaw-Lund, May Brit; Aaløkken, Trond Mogens; Taraldsrud, Eli; Hetlevik, Siri Opsahl & Molberg, Øyvind (2017). Disease evolution in mixed connective tissue disease: Results from a long-term nationwide prospective cohort study. Arthritis Research & Therapy.  ISSN 1478-6362.  19(1) . doi: 10.1186/s13075-017-1494-7 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Skwark, Marcin J.; Croucher, Nicholas J.; Puranen, Santeri; Chewapreecha, Claire; Pesonen, Maiju; Xu, Ying Ying; Turner, Paul; Harris, Simon R.; Beres, Stephen B.; Musser, James M.; Parkhill, Julian; Bentley, Stephen D.; Aurell, Erik & Corander, Jukka (2017). Interacting networks of resistance, virulence and core machinery genes identified by genome-wide epistasis analysis. PLoS Genetics.  ISSN 1553-7390.  13:e1006508(2), s 1- 24 . doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006508
  • Tietavainen, A; Gutmann, Michael U.; Keski-Vakkuri, Esko; Corander, Jukka & Hæggstrom, Edward (2017). Bayesian inference of physiologically meaningful parameters from body sway measurements. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322.  7(1) . doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-02372-1
  • Wei, Lu; Pitaval, Renaud-Alexandre; Corander, Jukka & Tirkkonen, Olav (2017). From random matrix theory to coding theory: Volume of a metric ball in unitary group. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.  ISSN 0018-9448.  63(5), s 2814- 2821 . doi: 10.1109/TIT.2017.2681900
  • Zheng, Zhong; Wei, Lu; Speicher, Roland; Müller, Ralf Reiner; Hamalainen, J. & Corander, Jukka (2017). Asymptotic analysis of rayleigh product channels: A free probability approach. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.  ISSN 0018-9448.  63(3), s 1731- 1745 . doi: 10.1109/TIT.2016.2646699
  • Beres, Stephen B; Kachroo, Priyanka; Nasser, Waleed; Olsen, Randall J; Zhu, Luchang; Flores, Anthony R; de la Riva, Ivan; Paez-Mayorga, Jesus; Jimenez, Francisco E; Cantu, Concepcion; Vuopio, Jaana; Jalava, Jari; Kristinsson, Karl G; Gottfredsson, Magnus; Corander, Jukka; Fittipaldi, Nahuel; Di Luca, Maria Chiara; Petrelli, Dezemona; Vitali, Luca A; Raiford, Annessa; Jenkins, Leslie & Musser, James M (2016). Transcriptome remodeling contributes to epidemic disease caused by the human pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes. mBio.  ISSN 2150-7511.  7(3) . doi: 10.1128/mBio.00403-16
  • Connor, Thomas R; Owen, Sian V; Langridge, Gemma; Connell, Steve; Nair, Satheesh; Reuter, Sandra; Dallman, Timothy J; Corander, Jukka; Tabing, Kristine C; Le Hello, Simon; Fookes, Maria; Doublet, Benoit; Zhou, Zhemin; Feltwell, Theresa; Ellington, Matthew J; Herrera, Silvia; Gilmour, Matthew; Cloeckaert, Axel; Achtman, Mark; Parkhill, Julian; Wain, John; De Pinna, Elizabeth; Weill, François-Xavier; Peters, Tansy & Thomson, Nick (2016). What’s in a name? Species-wide whole-genome sequencing resolves invasive and noninvasive lineages of Salmonella enterica serotype Paratyphi B. mBio.  ISSN 2150-7511.  7(4) . doi: 10.1128/mBio.00527-16
  • Corander, Jukka; Hyttinen, Antti; Kontinen, Juha; Pensar, Johan & Väänänen, Jouko (2016). A logical approach to context-specific independence. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.  ISSN 0302-9743.  9803, s 165- 182 . doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-52921-8_11
  • Gutmann, Michael & Corander, Jukka (2016). Bayesian Optimization for Likelihood-Free Inference of Simulator-Based Statistical Models. Journal of machine learning research.  ISSN 1532-4435.  17(125), s 1- 47
  • Heinävaara, Otte; Leppä-aho, Janne; Corander, Jukka & Honkela, Antti (2016). On the inconsistency of ℓ1-penalised sparse precision matrix estimation. BMC Bioinformatics.  ISSN 1471-2105.  17:448(S16), s 99- 107 . doi: 10.1186/s12859-016-1309-x
  • Lees, John A; Vehkala, Minna; Välimäki, Niko; Harris, Simon R; Chewapreecha, Claire; Croucher, Nicholas J; Marttinen, Pekka; Davies, Mark R.; Steer, Andrew C; Tong, Steven Y C; Honkela, Antti; Parkhill, Julian; Bentley, Stephen D & Corander, Jukka (2016). Sequence element enrichment analysis to determine the genetic basis of bacterial phenotypes. Nature Communications.  ISSN 2041-1723.  7 . doi: 10.1038/ncomms12797 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Llarena, Ann-Katrin; Zhang, Ji; Vehkala, Minna; Välimiäki, Niko; Hakkinen, Marjaana; Hänninen, Marja-Liisa; Roasto, Mati; Mäesaar, Mihkel; Taboada, Eduardo; Barker, Dillon; Garofolo, Giuliano; Cammà, Cesare; Di Giannatale, Elisabetta; Corander, Jukka & Rossi, Mirko (2016). Monomorphic genotypes within a generalist lineage of Campylobacter jejuni show signs of global dispersion. Microbial Genomics.  ISSN 2057-5858.  2(10), s 1- 14 . doi: 10.1099/mgen.0.000088
  • McNally, Alan; Oren, Yaara; Kelly, Darren; Pascoe, Ben; Dunn, Steven; Sreecharan, Tristan; Vehkala, Minna; Välimäki, Niko; Prentice, Michael B; Ashour, Amgad; Avram, Oren; Pupko, Tal; Dobrindt, Ulrich; Literak, Ivan; Guenther, Sebastian; Schaufler, Katharina; Wieler, Lothar H; Zhiyong, Zong; Sheppard, Samuel K; McInerney, James O & Corander, Jukka (2016). Combined Analysis of Variation in Core, Accessory and Regulatory Genome Regions Provides a Super-Resolution View into the Evolution of Bacterial Populations. PLoS Genetics.  ISSN 1553-7390.  12(9) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006280 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Pitaval, Renaud-Alexandre; Wei, Lu; Tirkkonen, Olav & Corander, Jukka (2016). Volume of metric balls in high-dimensional complex grassmann manifolds. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.  ISSN 0018-9448.  62(9), s 5105- 5116 . doi: 10.1109/TIT.2016.2594289
  • Yang, Zhirong; Corander, Jukka & Oja, Erkki (2016). Low-rank doubly stochastic matrix decomposition for cluster analysis. Journal of machine learning research.  ISSN 1532-4435.  17
  • Howell, Kate J.; Weinert, Lucy A.; Chaudhuri, Roy R.; Luan, Shi-Lu; Peters, Sarah E.; Corander, Jukka; Harris, David; Angen, Øystein; Aragon, Virginia; Bensaid, Albert; Williamson, Susanna M.; Parkhill, Julian; Langford, Paul R.; Rycroft, Andrew N.; Wren, Brendan W.; Holden, Matthew T.G.; Tucker, Alexander W. & Maskell, Duncan J. (2014). The use of genome wide association methods to investigate pathogenicity, population structure and serovar in Haemophilus parasuis. BMC Genomics.  ISSN 1471-2164.  15:1179 . doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-1179

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