Madis Metsis is an independent researcher working in several directions of life sciences and technology. He has been for the last 23 years full professor or in positions with similar ranking. Today he defines his main scientific interest as „fusion of white, green and red biology". Madis is an avid entrepreneur and traveler.
He graduated from Moscow State University as a molecular biologist with diploma work ranked as one of the five best ones of 1981 in the former Soviet Union. Madis started his scientific career in protein biochemistry and defended his PhD at the University of Tartu, Estonia, in 1985. Following that, he changed his research directions to molecular neurobiology and in 1989 moved to Sweden to work in Karolinska Institutet. In 1999 he was declared “the second most promising neuroscientist of Sweden” by NIH evaluation committee. After the turn of the century, genomics and bioinformatics became his main interest. Returning to Estonia in 2005 he continued in genomics and bioinformatics, became professor in bioinformatics, and started several projects related to the application of molecular methods in ecology. Madis has extensive experience in university teaching in a wide spectrum of modern biology-related disciplines.
He has worked more than half of his active career out of his home country. He is still an adjunct associate professor in neuropharmacology at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA. Madis was awarded the prestigious Captain Artur Eriksson's stipend for 1998-2000 and he was HHMI fellow in 1996-2001.