Personnel

    Anna Aakula

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Westermarck Lab

    anna.aakula [at] bioscience.fi

    Background

    • PhD in Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. Conducted in the research group of Prof. Olli Kallioniemi, at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), Helsinki.
    • MSc in Biosciences, Faculty of Science, Åbo Akademi University.

    Project

    Dephosphorylational regulation of the epigenetic machinery in progression and treatment resistance of NSCLC.

    Kaisa Aalto

    Undergraduate Student

    Elenius Lab

    kaisa.j.aalto [at] utu.fi

    Daniel Abankwa

    Group Leader, Senior Scientist

    +358 (0)29 450 3738

    daniel.abankwa [at] utu.fi

    Hend Abdelkader

    C/O Centre For Functional Material , ÅA& Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab (Biocity 2nd floor)

    +358 2 215 4079

    hend.abdelkader [at] abo.fi

    Background

    Master Degree in Clinical Dentistry& Master of Science in Biomedical Imaging (written as MClinDent-M.Sc Biomedical imaging)

    Research interests

    • Development of Functional materials at biological interfaces for wound healing
    • 3D cell models in different ECM matrix systems
    • Angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis
    • Bioimaging and image analysis

    Ketlin Adel

    Project Engineer

    Cell Imaging Core, room 5077

    +358 (0)29 450 3770

    ketlin.adel [at] utu.fi

    Activities in the core

    Consultation, operations, training & maintenance: Flow Cytometry and Mass Cytometry

    Toveann Ahlnäs

    Undergraduate Student

    Eriksson Lab

    +358 405445624

    tahlnas [at] abo.fi

    Background

    • MSc in Biochemistry (2017-, Åbo Akademi University)
    • BSc in Cell and Molecular Biosciences (2017, Åbo Akademi University)
    • Research Assistant in the Cellular Protein Chemistry group (2017-2018, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
    • Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Immunogenetics and Autoimmune Diseases (2017, University of Turku)
    • Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Lipid and Membrane Biochemistry (2016, Åbo Akademi University)

    Johanna Ahlskog

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Sahlgren Lab

    johanna.ahlskog [at] abo.fi

    Hussein Al Akhrass

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    hussein.al-akhrass [at] utu.fi

    Project title

    Signalling extent regulation of receptor tyrosine kinases in HER2-driven breast cancer

    Research interests

    Intracellular itinerary of membrane receptors, sorting proteins, cancer

    Education

    PhD student (University of Limoges, France)

    Darin Al-Ramahi

    Project Researcher

    +358 (0)29 450 3799

    darin.al-ramahi [at] bioscience.fi

    Anneli Alamaunu

    Instrument Technician

    anneli.takala [at] utu.fi

    Bilal Andrabi

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3769

    bilal.andrabi [at] bioscience.fi

    Daniel Antfolk

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sahlgren Lab (2nd floor)

    daniel.antfolk [at] utu.fi

    Christian Antila

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sahlgren Lab (2nd floor)

    christian.antila [at] utu.fi

    Tiina Arsiola

    Laboratory Manager

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3788

    tiina.arsiola [at] bioscience.fi

    Background

    • Laboratory Manager, Turku Centre for Biotechnology, since 2012
    • University Research Fellow, Animal Bioscience, University of Eastern Finland,  2010-2011
    • Certificated Degree in Pedagogy, Jyväskylä University of Applied Science, Finland, 2010
    • Research Associate, Animal Biotechnology, University of Eastern Finland, 2000-2010
    • Post Doctoral Fellow, Prostate cance​r research, University of Kuopio, Finland, 2004-2007
    • Post Doctoral Fellow, Prostate cancer research, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA, 2001-2003
    • PhD, Animal Biotechnology, University of Kuopio, Finland, 2001

    William Aspelin

    Laboratory Technician

    william.aspelin [at] utu.fi

    Kedar Batkulwar

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Lahesmaa Lab, office 7087

    +358 (0)29 450 3730

    kedar.batkulwar [at] utu.fi

    Malin Berg

    Undergraduate Student

    malin.berg [at] bioscience.fi

    Andreas Bergmann

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Orešič Lab

    andreas.bergmann [at] utu.fi

    Santosh Bhosale

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3802

    santosh.bhosale [at] bioscience.fi

    Alexander Biehl

    Project Researcher

    Elo Lab, office 7086

    alexander.biehl [at] bioscience.fi

    Rahul Biradar

    Project Researcher

    Lahesmaa Lab

    Tanja Buchacher

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3810

    tanja.buchacher [at] utu.fi

    Ciarán Butler-Hallissey

    Research Technician

    Cell Imaging Core, office 5077

    ciaran.butler-hallissey [at] utu.fi
    Microscopy consultation, operations, training and maintenance

    Umar Butt

    Doctoral Candidate

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3786

    umar.butt [at] bioscience.fi

    Background:

    • B.S. Bioinformatics-COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan
    • M.S. Biomedical Imaging-Åbo Akademi University, Finland

    Project:

    Characterization of Oncogenic and metastatic properties of SHARPIN

    Deepankar Chakroborty

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elenius Lab, office 7118B

    +358 (0)29 450 3801

    deepankar.chakroborty [at] bioscience.fi

    Fang Cheng

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    (Biocity 2nd floor)

    +358 505223202

    fang.cheng [at] abo.fi

    Xia Chu

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    chuxiaysl [at] 163.com

    Eleanor Coffey

    Vice-Director, Group Leader, Research Director

    Office 7079

    +358 (0)40 565 8654

    eleanor.coffey [at] utu.fi

    James Conway

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    james.conway [at] utu.fi

    Project title

    Regulation of integrin phosphorylation

    Research interests

    FRET biosensors and 3D models

    Michael Courtney

    Group Leader

    +358 (0)29 450 3739

    michael.courtney [at] utu.fi

    Activities in the cell imaging core

    CIC consultant on high content imaging

    Dinc Defne

    Undergraduate Student

    Ivaska Lab

    dddinc [at] utu.fi

    Oxana Denisova

    Postdoctoral Reseacher

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3790

    oxana.denisova [at] utu.fi

    Background

    • Ph.D. in Medicine (Molecular Virology) in 2014 at Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM)University of Helsinki, Finland.
    • M.Sc. in Biology (Molecular Biology) in 2007, at Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
    • Training at the Molecular Biology Education centre (2005 –2007), Institute of Protein Research, Pushchino, Russia.

    Project

    PP2A in glioblastoma therapy resistance: novel opportunities for targeted therapeutics​

    Prasannakumar Deshpande

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Coffey Lab, office 5045

    +358 (0)29 450 3784

    prasannakumar.deshpande [at] bioscience.fi

    Project

    My main goal is to identify mechanisms in nerve cells that may lead to death of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson’s disease.

    Alex Dickens

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Orešič Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3798

    alex.dickens [at] utu.fi

    William Eccleshall

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sahlgren Lab

    wilecc [at] utu.fi

    Klaus Elenius

    Group Leader, Professor of Medical Biochemistry

    +358 (0) 29 540 4393

    klaus.elenius [at] utu.fi

    Laura Elo

    Vice-Director, Research Director, Group Leader

    Office 7073-74

    +358 (0)29 450 2090

    laura.elo [at] bioscience.fi

    Nicole van Engeland

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sahlgren Lab (2nd floor)

    nicole.engelandvan [at] abo.fi

    Solveig Eriksson

    John Eriksson

    Director, Group Leader, Professor

    +358 (0)2 215 3313, +358 (0)29 450 2042

    john.eriksson [at] bioscience.fi

    Veronica Fagerholm

    Postdoctoral Researcher and Lab Coordinator

    Coffey Lab, office 5045

    +358 (0)29 450 3783

    veronica.fagerholm [at] utu.fi

    Project

    I am searching for driver genes that act downstream of JNK1 to promote mood disorders.

    Thomas Faux

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elo Lab, office 7089

    +358 (0)29 450 3805

    thomas.faux [at] bioscience.fi

    Elnaz Fazeli

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    elnfaz [at] utu.fi

    Inês Alvito Félix

    Doctoral Candidate

    Rantakari Lab

    ines.alvitofelix [at] utu.fi

    Dani Flinkman

    Doctoral Candidate

    Coffey Lab, office 5045

    dkflin [at] utu.fi
    My project aims to identify biomarker signatures in Parkinson's disease. I am also really interested in mechanism.

    Heidi Gerke

    Project Researcher

    Rantakari Lab

    hmsulo [at] utu.fi

    David Goodlett

    FiDiPro Professor

    david.goodlett [at] bioscience.fi

    Mariam Gouda

    Undergraduate Student

    Zhang Lab

    mariam.gouda [at] utu.fi

    Gleb Grebnev

    Node Manager, Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy (ALM) Euro-BioImaging

    gleb.grebnev [at] utu.fi

    Lorenzo Li Greci

    Doctoral Candidate

    Courtney Lab, office 5019

    lorenzo.ligreci [at] bioscience.fi

    Max Grönloh

    Undergraduate Student

    Ivaska Lab, office 4121

    max.gronloh [at] utu.fi

    Sirkku Grönroos

    Departmental Coordinator/Controller

    +358 400 513701

    sirkku.gronroos [at] utu.fi

    Pekka Haapaniemi

    Laboratory Technician

    +358 (0)29 450 2200

    pekka.haapaniemi [at] bioscience.fi

    Tatu Haataja

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Pentikäinen Lab

    tatu.haataja [at] jyu.fi

    Background

    • Postdoctoral researcher at “Molecular mechanisms of diseases” –group 2015-
    • Postdoctoral researcher at Lund University 2011-2014
    • Ph.D., University of Oulu, Finland, Biochemistry, 2011
    • M. Sc., University of Oulu, Finland, Biochemistry, 2005

    Projects

    • Molecular mechanisms of valvular diseases
    • Molecular bases for cancer development
    • Molecular level force propagation in cells

    Research interests

    Studying the structure and function of proteins using X-ray crystallography and SAXS for understanding the molecular mechanisms behind human disorders and disease

    Marjo Hakkarainen

    Laboratory Technician

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3754

    marjo.hakkarainen [at] bioscience.fi

    Hellyeh Hamidi

    Research Coordinator

    +358 (0)29 450 3787

    hellyeh.hamidi [at] bioscience.fi

    Research interests

    Integrin activity, cell adhesion, cancer, cell migration

    Guanlan Hang

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    Hendrik Hästbacka

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sistonen Lab

    +358(0)2-2154060

    hendrik.hastbacka [at] abo.fi

    Mårten Hedman

    Systems Manager

    +358 (0)29 450 3736

    marten.hedman [at] biosceince.fi

    Sari Heikkilä

    Office Secretary / Support Services

    +358 (0)29 450 3749

    office [at] bioscience.fi

    Sarita Heinonen

    Laboratory Technician

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3758

    sarita.heinonen [at] bioscience.fi

    Arttu Heinonen

    Project Engineer

    +358 (0)29 450 2200

    arttu.heinonen [at] bioscience.fi

    Juho Heliste

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elenius Lab

    +358 (0)2 333 7444

    jjkhel [at] utu.fi

    Maria Helkkula

    Undergraduate Student

    Elenius Lab

    +358 (0)2 333 7046

    masohe [at] utu.fi

    Eva Henriksson

    University Teacher, Senior Scientist

    Sistonen Lab

    office: +358 2 215 4079 (Biocity 2nd floor)

    eva.henriksson [at] abo.fi

    I am investigating how HSFs regulate a developmental process, i.e. spermatogenesis, and how they sustain malignant growth in cancer and promote cancer cell invasion. My special focus is in identifying interaction partners of HSF1 and HSF2 and in resolving the functional consequences of these interactions in different cellular compartments.

    Samu Himanen

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sistonen Lab

    +358 (0)2 215 4060

    samu.himanen [at] abo.fi

    I am interested in understanding how HSF1 and HSF2 mediate cell protection upon different proteotoxic conditions. To study this, I am using genome-wide methods to discover what are the roles of HSF1 and HSF2 in transcriptional responses during heat stress and oxidative stress. In addition, I am interested in knowing how does repeated exposure to stress affect cell memory and capacity of cells to respond to subsequent stress.

    Outside the lab, my biggest passion is street workout/calisthenics, but I enjoy also reading some good sci-fi literature among other things.

    Karoliina Hirvonen

    Doctoral Candidate

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3810

    karoliina.hirvonen [at] bioscience.fi

    Patrik Hollos

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Coffey Lab, office 5045

    +358 (0)29 450 3783

    patrik.hollos [at] bioscience.fi

    Project

    I explore how kinase signalling exerts spatiotemporal control of synapse plasticity in disease models using optogenetics.

    Emilia Holm

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    eholm [at] abo.fi

    Background

    • 2016 - Bachelor's degree, Cell biology, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
    • 2018 - Master's degree, Cell biology, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

    Research interests

    • Imaging
    • Disease research
    • Cell migration
    • Mechanosensing

    Ye Hong

    Doctoral Candidate

    Coffey & Elo Lab, office 7089

    +358 (0)29 450 3805

    ye.hong [at] bioscience.fi

    Project in the Kinase group

    I am using bioinformatics to predict molecular mechanisms of depression and schizophrenia using proteomics and behavioral data.

    Henrik Honkanen

    hemiho [at] utu.fi

    Rufus Hotakainen

    Undergraduate Student

    office: +358 2 215 4079 (Biocity 2nd floor)

    rufus.hotakainen [at] abo.fi

    Antti Hurme

    Undergraduate Student

    antti.hurme [at] bioscience.fi

    Roope Huttunen

    Project Researcher

    roope.huttunen [at] bioscience.fi

    Sini Huuskonen

    Undergraduate Student

    Coffey Lab, office 5045

    smmhuu [at] utu.fi

    Claire Hyder

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    office: +358 2 215 4079 (Biocity 2nd floor)

    claire.hyder [at] abo.fi

    Tuulia Hyötyläinen

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Prof. (Örebro University)

    Orešič Lab

    tuulia.hyotylainen [at] utu.fi

    Jaroslav Icha

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    jaroslav.icha [at] utu.fi

    Project Title

    Spatio-temporal coordination of integrin-mediated adhesion and endocytosis.

    Research Interests

    Integrin trafficking, live-cell imaging 

    Wali Inam

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    wali.inam [at] abo.fi

    Juho Irjala

    Undergraduate Student

    Ivaska Lab

    juho.k.irjala [at] utu.fi

    Aleksi Isomursu

    Doctoral Candidate

    Ivaska Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3789

    aleksi.isomursu [at] bioscience.fi

    Project title

    Mechanotransduction mechanisms in cancer

    Research interests

    Cancer, actin cytoskeleton, cell migration, ECM, mechanotransduction

    Kimmo Isoniemi

    Doctoral Candidate

    office: +358 2 215 4079 (Biocity 2nd floor)

    kimmo.isoniemi [at] abo.fi

    Johanna Ivaska

    Academy Professor, Group Leader

    +358 (0)29 450 2260

    johanna.ivaska [at] bioscience.fi

    Maria Jaakkola

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elo Lab, office 7096

    +358 (0)29 450 3794

    maria.jaakkola [at] bioscience.fi

    Guillaume Jacquemet

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    +358 (0)29 450 3791

    guillaume.jacquemet [at] bioscience.fi

    Project title

    Targeting filopodia to block cancer cell invasion

    Research interests

    Cell invasion, actin cytoskeleton, myosin-X, integrins

    Peter James

    FiDiPro Professor, Head of Proteomics

    +358 (0)29 450 3731

    peter.james [at] bioscience.fi

    Norma Jäppinen

    Doctoral Candidate

    Rantakari Lab

    ntjapp [at] utu.fi

    Jismi John

    Undergraduate Student

    Coffey Lab, office 5045

    jimajo [at] utu.fi
    I work with Nikita and together we hope to identify molecular drivers of anxiety and depression. We do this using different types of in vivo and ex vivo imaging methods.

    Heli Jokela

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Rantakari Lab

    heli.jokela [at] utu.fi

    Anne Jokilammi

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Elenius Lab

    +358 29 450 4737

    anjosil [at] utu.fi

    Terhi Jokilehto

    Coordinator

    +358 (0)40 5658 654

    biocityturku [at] bioscience.fi

    Alia Joko

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    cjoko [at] abo.fi

    Research Interests

    • Cell cycle regulation
    • Cell death signalling
    • Quantitative Modelling

    Education

    I trained as a Chemical Engineer and received a master's degree in Process Systems Engineering from Imperial College London, UK. I first came across the word 'apoptosis' while working on my masters thesis. Thereafter, because the word stuck with me, I decided to get a more in-depth knowledge about the pathways that drive apoptosis. In 2012, I enrolled as a PhD student at the Eriksson Lab to work on the regulation of death receptor-mediated apoptosis. My interest has since evolved to include cell cycle regulation.

    Jenny Joutsen

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Sistonen Lab

    +358 (0)2-2154060

    jenny.joutsen [at] abo.fi

    I am mainly interested in HSFs and their importance in protein aggregation induced cell stress. Currently I am working with HSF2 and proteasome inhibition and I am mainly focusing on the HSF2-dependent transcriptional program that sensitises cells to proteasome inhibiting drugs. The overall keywords for my scientific interests could be: HSFs, protein aggregation, neurodegeneration, PTMs, SUMO, translation, cell adhesion, mechanical stress and many others!

    I love knitting and crocheting, detective stories, sushi, gardening and of course my two wonderful kids Ivalo and Pietari.

    Päivi Junni

    Laboratory Technician

    FFGC, 7095

    +358 (0)29 450 3764

    paivi.junni [at] bioscience.fi

    Sini Junttila

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Elo Lab, office 7087C

    +358(0)29 450 3756

    simaju [at] bioscience.fi

    Jasmin Kaivola

    Doctoral Candidate

    Ivaska Lab

    jasmin.e.kaivola [at] utu.fi

    Taina Kalevo-Mattila

    Laboratory Technician

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3758

    taina.kalevo-mattila [at] bioscience.fi

    Maritta Kantanen

    Instrument Technician

    maritta.kantanen [at] utu.fi

    Henok Karvonen

    Multimedia producer

    Turku Bioimaging

    +358 (0)4 56 955689

    henok.karvonen [at] utu.fi

    Leni Kauko

    Project Researcher

    FFGC, office 5154

    +358 (0)2 9450 3764

    leni.mannermaa [at] utu.fi

    Riina Kaukonen

    Senior Researcher

    Biomedical Epigenomics, FFGC

    riina.kaukonen [at] utu.fi

    Linda Kauppinen

    Project Researcher

    Pentikäinen Lab

    linda.l.kauppinen [at] utu.fi

    Background

    M.Sc. University of Jyväskylä, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, 2018.My LinkedIn profile

    Project

    Molecular bases for cancer development 

    Kati Kemppainen

    Project Coordinator, Postdoctoral Researcher

    Sahlgren Lab

    kati.kemppainen [at] abo.fi

    Sofia Khan

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Adjunct Professor in Bioinformatics

    Elo Lab, office 7114

    +358 (0)29 450 3792

    sofia.khan [at] bioscience.fi

    Mohd Moin Khan

    Doctoral Candidate

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3806

    moin.khan [at] bioscience.fi

    Meraj Hasan Khan

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3786

    meraj.khan [at] bioscience.fi

    Alexandros Kiriazis

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Abankwa Lab, Helsinki

    alexandros.kiriazis [at] helsinki.fi

    Peppi Kirjalainen

    Undergraduate Student

    Elenius Lab

    peppi.e.kirjalainen [at] utu.fi

    Florence Klein

    Undergraduate Student

    Courtney Lab, office 5121

    florence.klein [at] utu.fi

    Riku Klén

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Adjunct Professor in Mathematics

    Bioinformatics

    +358 (0)29 450 3792

    riku.klen [at] utu.fi

    Piita Koivisto

    Trainee

    Biocity Turku

    pikakoi [at] utu.fi

    Marika Koivu

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elenius Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3786

    mkahak [at] utu.fi

    Mikko Konki

    Doctoral Candidate

    Biomedical Epigenomics, FFGC

    +358 (0)29 450 3804

    mikko.konki [at] bioscience.fi

    Jari Korhonen

    +358 (0)2 215 4062 ; BioCity 2nd floor, room 2066

    jari.korhonen [at] abo.fi

    Activities in the core

    Maintenance and training: microscopes located on the 2nd floor

    Saara Koskela

    Undergraduate Student

    Lahesmaa Lab

    saankos [at] utu.fi

    Satu Koskinen

    Project Researcher, Coordinator

    Elo Lab, office 7072

    +358(0)29 450 3796

    satkos [at] bioscience.fi

    Sakari Kosola

    Undergraduate Student

    sakari.kosola [at] utu.fi

    Raili Kronström

    Undergraduate Student

    Turku Bioimaging, office 5165

    raili.kronstrom [at] utu.fi

    Raili Kronström

    Undergraduate Student

    Biomedical Epigenomics

    raili.kronstrom [at] utu.fi

    Anu Kukkonen-Macchi

    Research Coordinator

    Elo Lab, office 7072

    +358 (0) 294 503 796

    anukuk [at] bioscience.fi

    Katri Kulmala

    Office Secretary / Support Services

    +358 29 450 3248

    office [at] bioscience.fi

    Emma Kutvonen

    Undergraduate Student

    emmkut [at] utu.fi

    Minna Kyläniemi

    Senior Researcher

    FFGC, Biomedical Epigenomics

    +358 (0)2 945 02764

    minna.kylaniemi [at] utu.fi

    Leena Kytömäki

    Project Engineer

    FFGC

    +358 (0)29 450 2764

    lskyto [at] utu.fi

    Essi Laajala

    Doctoral Candidate

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3809

    esslaa [at] utu.fi

    Samuli Laaksonen

    Undergraduate Student

    Biomedical Epigenomics

    samuli.a.laaksonen [at] utu.fi

    Petra Laasola

    Laboratory Technician

    Ivaska Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3758

    petra.laasola [at] utu.fi

    Current Role

    Day-to-day laboratory organisation and assisting in several research projects

    Research skills

    Molecular biology, immunoprecipitation, PLA, IHC & IF and FACS analysis

    Iris Lahdeniemi

    Doctoral Candidate

    iris.lahdeniemi [at] abo.fi

    Anne Lahdenperä

    Laboratory Manager

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 2412

    anne.lahdenpera [at] bioscience.fi

    Riitta Lahesmaa

    Academy Professor, Group Leader

    Office 7075

    +358 (0)29 450 2415

    riitta.lahesmaa [at] bioscience.fi

    Iida Laiho

    Undergraduate Student

    ilaiho [at] abo.fi

    Asta Laiho

    Service Manager

    Elo Lab, office 7075

    +358 (0)29 450 2916

    astlai [at] bioscience.fi

    Santosh Lamichhane

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Orešič Lab

    santosh.lamichhane [at] utu.fi

    Sebastian Landor

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Sahlgren Lab (2nd floor)

    sebastian.landor [at] utu.fi

    Madeleine Latvala

    Research Assistant

    FFGC, Biomedical Epigenomics, office 5154

    madeleine.latvala [at] utu.fi

    Paulina Moreno Layseca

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    paulina.morenolayseca [at] bioscience.fi

    Project title

    LIMA1 in Rab21-mediated integrin trafficking

    Research interests

    Rab21, integrins, endosomes, LIMA1, cancer

    Maija Lespinasse (on leave)

    Coordinator

    miholm [at] utu.fi , biocityturku [at] bioscience.fi

    Fatemehsadat Seyednasrollah (on leave)

    Doctoral Candidate

    Bioinformatics, office 7116

    +358 (0)29 450 3803

    fseyedna [at] bioscience.fi

    Martina Lerche

    Doctoral Candidate

    Ivaska Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3789

    martina.lerche [at] bioscience.fi

    Project title

    Integrin regulation and trafficking in mechanosensing

    Research interests

    ECM, integrin, mechanotransduction, integrin trafficking

    Lili Li

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Courtney Lab

    lili.li [at] utu.fi

    Niina Lietzén

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3809

    niina.lietzen [at] bioscience.fi

    Johanna Lilja

    Graduate Student

    Ivaska Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3789

    johanna.lilja [at] bioscience.fi

    Project title

    Role of Shank family proteins in integrin activation

    Research interests

    Shank, integrin activation, sharpin, cell metabolism, tumour cell metastasis

    Kai-Lan Lin

    Laboratory Tehcnician

    kalali [at] utu.fi

    Tuomas Lindeman

    Project Engineer

    Orešič Lab

    tuomas.lindeman [at] utu.fi

    Julia Lindqvist

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    (Biocity 2nd floor)

    +358 2 215 4079

    julia.lindqvist [at] abo.fi

    Laura Lintukorpi

    Undergraduate Student

    Rantakari Lab

    lamlin [at] utu.fi

    Zehua Liu

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    zehua.liu [at] helsinki.fi

    Chang Liu

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    chang.liu [at] abo.fi

    Emmi Lokka

    Doctoral Candidate

    Rantakari Lab

    emmi.lokka [at] utu.fi

    Tapio Lönnberg

    Senior Researcher

    FFGC, Single Cell Omics

    +358 (0)29 450 3806

    tapio.lonnberg [at] bioscience.fi

    Riikka Lund

    Head of FFGC, Group Leader, Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent)

    Biomecial Epigenomics, FFGC

    +358 (0)29 450 3793

    riikka.lund [at] bioscience.fi

    Paula Luoma

    HR Specialist / Human Resources

    HR Specialist / Human Resources +358 (0)29 450 2676

    paula.luoma [at] utu.fi

    Jens Luoto

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sistonen Lab

    +358 (0)2 215 4060

    jens.luoto [at] abo.fi

    I am interested in learning about new aspects of HSF2 by studying its localization in cells. I also work with Marek to produce CRISPR-Cas9 cell lines for the lab. I am also in charge of building and maintaining our website.

    In my free time I study Japanese and enjoy both card and video games.

    Vladislav Lysenkov

    Undergraduate Student

    Elo Lab, office 7118B

    +358 (0)29 450 3801

    vladislav.lysenkov [at] bioscience.fi

    Ming Ma

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Zhang Lab

    ming.ma [at] abo.fi

    Xiaodong Ma

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Zhang Lab

    xiaodong.ma [at] abo.fi

    Noushin Madani

    Doctoral Candidate

    Tassos Lab, office 5018

    noushin.madani [at] utu.fi

    Matias Mäenpää

    Undergraduate Student

    Elenius Lab

    matias.j.maenpaa [at] utu.fi

    Mehrad Mahmoudian

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elo Lab, office 7096

    +358 (0)29 450 3794

    mehmah [at] bioscience.fi

    Eleonora Mäkelä

    Doctoral Candidate

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3790

    eleonora.makela [at] bioscience.fi

    Background

    • Master of Science (M.Sc.), University of Turku, Turku, Finland
    • Major in Biochemistry, minors in Chemistry and Biology

    Project

    Novel diagnostic markers in acute myeloid leukemia

    Päivi Mäkimattila

    Personnel Secretary / Human Resources

    +358 (0)29 450 2174

    paivi.makimattila [at] utu.fi

    Roshan Mandal

    Undergraduate Student

    Biomedical Epigenomics, FFGC

    rkmand [at] utu.fi

    Alexandra Manea

    Undergraduate Student

    Zhang Lab

    alexandra.a.manea [at] utu.fi

    Sibusiso Maseko

    Visiting Researcher

    Tassos Lab

    simase [at] utu.fi

    Jesse Mattsson

    Project Researcher

    Courtney Lab

    jesmat [at] utu.fi

    Arfa Mehmood

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elo Lab, office 7118A

    +358 (0)29 450 3800

    arfa.mehmood [at] bioscience.fi

    Marco Menn

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    marco.mennill [at] abo.fi

    Johannes Merilahti

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elenius Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3786

    johannes.merilahti [at] utu.fi

    Joni Merisaari

    Doctoral Candidate

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3790

    joni.merisaari [at] bioscience.fi

    Background

    • Master of Science (M.Sc.), University of Turku, Turku, Finland
    • Major in Biomedicine, minors in chemistry and biochemistry

    Project

    Pharmacological activation of a tumor suppressor PP2A: a novel therapy for glioblastoma

    Mitro Miihkinen

    Doctoral Candidate

    +358 (0)29 450 3791

    mitro.miihkinen [at] bioscience.fi

    Mayank Modi

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    +358469527179

    maymod [at] utu.fi

    Education

    • MSc in Molecular systems biology
    • BTech in Biotechnology

    Shahnoor Mohammed

    Undergraduate Student

    shahnoor.mohammed [at] bioscience.fi

    Ponnuswamy Mohanasundaram

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    office: +358 2 215 4079 (Biocity 2nd floor)

    pmohanas [at] abo.fi ; ponmoh [at] utu.fi

    Research Interests

    Vimentin knockout delayed wound healing process in mice. Vimentin involve in wound healing mechanism, by regulating cell proliferation, EMT signaling and collagen synthesis. Cell growth and proliferation are important process for wound healing and normal development. We found that vimentin regulate cell growth and proliferation through Akt/mTOR signaling pathway. My research work is to understand, how vimentin regulate cell growth and proliferation through Akt/mTOR signaling.

    Education

    • PhD (2012– till date) Thesis title – Role of Vimentin in normal and disease conditions, Faculty of  Science and Engineering, Cell Biology Unit, Åbo Akademi
    • Masters (M.Sc) in Biomedical Science (2005 - 2010), Department of  Biomedical Science, Bharathidasan University, India
    • Thesis:  Purification  and characterization of alkaline serine protease from Bacillus pumilus TMS55

    Imran Mohsin

    Research Assistant

    Tassos Lab

    Majid Momeny

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Westermarck Lab

    majid.momeny [at] utu.fi

    Background

    • PhD in Molecular Pathology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
    • MSc of Medical Genetics, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
    • Bachelor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

    Project

    Investigation of the role of phosphatases in resistance to HER2-targeted therapies in breast cancer

    Giulia Montagna

    James Lab, Room 5167

    Robert Moulder

    Senior Research Fellow

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3802

    rmoulder [at] bioscience.fi

    Lana Mutabdzija

    Erasmus Exchange Student

    Tassos Lab, office 5018

    lana.l.mutabdzija [at] utu.fi

    Srikar Nagelli

    Doctoral Candidate

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3790

    Srikar.nagelli [at] bioscience.fi

    Background

    • M.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences - Northeastern University, Boston, USA
    • Specialization in Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutics
    • Associate Scientist - High Throughput Screening - Oncology, Horizon Discovery Inc., Boston, USA

    Project

    To understand the role of CIP2A in Basal-like breast cancer initiation and tumorigenesis

    Elisa Närvä

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    +358 (0)29 450 3787

    elisa.narva [at] utu.fi

    Project title

    Novel regulators of integrin activity and cell attachment

    Research interests

    Cell cycle, integrin activity, stem cell biology

    Elli Narvi

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Elenius Lab

    +358 (0)50 472 3516

    elli.narvi [at] utu.fi

    Erik Niemelä

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    office: +358 2 215 4079 (Biocity 2nd floor)

    erik.niemela [at] abo.fi

    Minna Niemelä

    Research Coordinator

    FFGC

    +358 (0)29 450 3763

    minna.niemela [at] bioscience.fi

    Rasmus Niemi

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sahlgren Lab (2nd floor)

    rasmus.niemi [at] utu.fi

    Janne Nordberg

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elenius Lab

    +358 (0)2 333 7444

    jannor [at] utu.fi

    Christina Oetken-Lindholm

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Abankwa Lab, office 4138

    +358 (0)29 450 3785 / 3779

    christina.oetken-lindholm [at] utu.fi

    Background

    • Postdoctoral researcher at Turku Center for Biotechnology since January 2012
    • PhD in cell biology Åbo Akademi University 1995
    • MSc in cell biology, Åbo Akademi University 1990

    Project involvement

    Development of K-ras targeted breast cancer drugs

    Research interests

    Drug development for cancer treatment, breast- and prostate cancer

    Veera Ojala

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elenius Lab

    +358 (0)50 349 6323

    vekaoj [at] utu.fi

    Venla Ojasalo

    Undergraduate Student

    Rantakari Lab

    venla.i.ojasalo [at] utu.fi

    Matej Oresic

    Group Leader, Senior Scientist

    +358 (0)29 450 3798

    matej.oresic [at] utu.fi

    Ezgi Özliseli

    Doctoral Candidate (co-supervised with Jessica Rosenholm)

    Sahlgren Lab

    ezgi.ozliseli [at] abo.fi

    Mirva Pääkkönen

    Project Researcher

    +358 (0)29 450 2200

    mirva.paakkonen [at] bioscience.fi

    Ilkka Paatero

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    +358 (0)29 450 3789

    ilkka.paatero [at] bioscience.fi ; zebrafish [at] bioscience.fi

    Project title

    In vivo imaging of cell migration

    Research interests

    Confocal imaging, live in vivo imaging, zebrafish, angiogenesis, signalling, migration

    Artur Padzik

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    +358 (0)29 450 3753

    artur.padzik [at] bioscience.fi

    Esko Pakarinen

    Project Researcher

    Elo Lab, office 7087B

    +358 (0)29 450 3733

    ehjpak [at] bioscience.fi

    Henna-Riikka Palokangas

    Reseach Assistant

    hropal [at] utu.fi

    Tassos Papageorgiou

    Group Leader, Senior Scientist, Adjunct Professor

    +358 (0)29 450 3752, 3760, 3776

    anapap [at] utu.fi

    Valeriy Paramonov

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sahlgren Lab

    valeriy.paramonov [at] bioscience.fi

    Marjaana Parikainen

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sahlgren Lab

    marjaana.parikainen [at] utu.fi

    Hanna Parkkola

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Abankwa Lab, office 4138

    +358 29 450 3785 / 3779

    hanna.parkkola [at] utu.fi

    Background

    • Postdoctoral researcher at Turku Center for Biotechnology since July 2018
    • PhD in Nanosciences, University of Barcelona, 2014
    • MSc in Drug Development, University of Turku, 2007

    Project involvement

    The role of the Galectin-1/ Raf interface in promoting cancer cell stemness

    Research interests

    Drug discovery and development, drug delivery, translational cancer research

    Sepideh Parvanian

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    sepideh.parvanian [at] abo.fi

    Research interests

    • Extracellular Vesicles • Wound healing • Biopharmaceutical manufacturing

    Background

    I received my Master’s degree in Genetic Engineering from the National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Tehran, Iran) in 2013. I worked in the biopharmaceutical industry for six years in up-stream bioprocess and R&D, and also as an internal auditor and monoclonal antibody API supervisor. I came to Finland in March 2017 as a Research Assistant to work on vesicular compartments in bone-resorbing osteoclasts, as a member of the EU-funded EUROCLAST project (Marie Curie ESR) at the University of Turku. I joined Erikson's Lab in June 2018 as a PhD student. My research focuses on novel fundamental insights on the role of fibrotic-derived extracellular vesicles in myofibroblasts heterogeneity and mechanism of fibrosis.

    Jedidiah Patton

    Undergraduate Student

    Coffey Lab, office 5045

    jedpat [at] utu.fi
    I work together with Ye to identify molecular drivers of schizophrenia in mouse and fish models.

    Preethy Paul

    Project Coordinator & Postdoctoral Researcher

    Eriksson Lab

    +358 41 36 40 948

    ppreethy [at] abo.fi ; prepau [at] utu.fi

    Background

    • Screening & development of natural compounds and small molecules for anti-cancer activity
    • Studying the molecular mechanism of apoptosis induced by the compounds

    Research interests

    • Drug development research related to anti-cancer therapeutics
    • Developing natural compounds/extracts & small molecules for treatment of HPV associated cancers and warts
    • Studying the mechanism of cell death induced by the compounds in HPV associated cell lines by various biochemical and biophysical methods

    Niklas Paulin

    Undergraduate Student

    Elo Lab, office 7086

    + 358 (0)50 5216649

    niklas.paulin [at] bioscience.fi

    Karolina Pavic

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3788

    karpav [at] utu.fi

    Background

    • Diploma in Chemistry- Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Science & Mathematics, University of Zagreb, Croatia
    • Research chemist at the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Centre for Excellence in Macrolide Drug Discovery (CEMDD), Zagreb, Croatia
    • PhD- European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany, and University of Dundee, Scotland

     Project

    Investigating structural mechanism how PP2A inhibitory protein CIP2A associates with regulatory PP2A-B56 subunit

    Ulla Pentikäinen

    Academy Research Fellow/University lecturer (Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku)

    +358 505012574

    ulla.pentikainen [at] utu.fi

    Sumera Perveen

    Graduate Student

    sumera.perveen [at] bioscience.fi

    Nina Pettersson

    Doctoral Candidate, co-supervisor Dr. Eva Ekholm

    Biomedical Epigenomics

    Emilia Peuhu

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    +358 (0)29 450 3787

    emilia.peuhu [at] bioscience.fi

    Project title:

    Regulation of stemness and invasion in normal mammary gland and breast cancer

    Research interests:

    Integrin, invasion, tumour microenvironment, ductal morphogenesis

    Sami Pietilä

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elo Lab, office 7086

    + 358 (0)50 5216649

    sami.pietila [at] bioscience.fi

    Arkadiusz Tomasz Popinigis

    Senior Researcher

    artopo [at] utu.fi

    Neeraj Prabhakar

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Sahlgren Lab

    neeraj.prabhakar [at] abo.fi

    Dhayakumar Prakash

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    drajanpr [at] abo.fi

    Mikael Puustinen

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sistonen Lab

    +358 (0)2 215 4060

    mikael.puustinen [at] abo.fi

    Susanna Pyökäri

    Laboratory Technician

    Coffey Lab, office 5080

    +358 (0)29 450 3758 / 3771

    susanna.pyokari [at] bioscience.fi

    Xi Qiao

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3790

    xi.qiao [at] bioscience.fi

    Background

    • PhD in Molecular Medicine- University of Turku, Finland
    • M.Sc. in Biochemistry and molecular biology - Hunan Normal University, China
    • B.Sc. in Biotechnology - Henan Agricultural University, China

    Project

    To study the post-translational modifications in regulation of MYC activity.

    Senthilkumar Rajendran

    Senior Research Fellow

    Eriksson Lab

    +358442362631

    srajendr [at] abo.fi ; sekura [at] utu.fi ; biosen81 [at] gmail.com

    Areas of expertise

    Drug discovery and development :
    • Synthesis of organic small molecules and inorganic metal complexes
    • Natural products – Extraction and isolation of compounds
    • Apoptosis cell signaling pathways
    • Drug-DNA/protein interaction
    • In Ovo chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) model
    • Nanocarriers

    Background

    • Project Coordinator at Åbo Akademi Unviersity, Finland– January 2014 - present
    • Postdoctoral Researcher at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland – September 2009 - January 2011
    • Senior Researcher Fellow at Bharathidasan University, India – April 2007 - August 2009

    Pia Rantakari

    Adjunct Professor, Group Leader

    Rantakari Lab

    +358 (0) 29 450 4377

    pia.rantakari [at] utu.fi

    Kanury Rao

    Visiting Professor

    kanury.rao [at] bioscience.fi

    Omid Rasool

    Senior Researcher, Adjunct Professor

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3769

    omid.rasool [at] bioscience.fi

    Leila Rato

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    +358 469511582

    leila.coelhorato [at] abo.fi

    Background

    I am a biochemist and I did my undergraduate studies in Portugal at the University of Aveiro. I spent some time in Denmark during my bachelor degree, which made me realise I wanted to continue doing research and pursue a PhD if I had the chance. During my master studies, I had the opportunity to come to John’s lab to write my thesis and that was when I fell in love with vimentin and cell signalling. I decided to continue working on the same topic, so now I am doing my PhD on how vimentin regulates Akt/mTOR signalling using proteomics as the main technique, which has become one of my favourites.

    Research interests

    • Proteomics
    • Flow cytometry
    • Vimentin in cell signalling and metabolism

    Oso Rissanen

    Laboratory Technician

    FFGC

    +358 (0)29 450 3764

    oso.rissanen [at] bioscience.fi

    Heidi Roine

    Collaborator

    heroin [at] utu.fi

    Pekka Roivas

    Undergraduate Student

    Pentikäinen Lab

    pekka.n.t.roivas [at] student.jyu.fi

    Anne Rokka

    Laboratory Manager

    +358 505763192

    anne.rokka [at] bioscience.fi

    Pia Roos-Mattjus

    Academy Lecturer, Senior Scientist

    Sistonen Lab

    office: +358 2 215 4079 (Biocity 3rd floor)

    pia.roos-mattjus [at] abo.fi

    There are always projects available for students, please contact me for further information if you want to do your Biochemistry III lab rotation (or equivalent) or if you would be interested in doing your pro gradu research work in the laboratory!

    To learn new things, teaching and spending time with family.

    Kalle Rytkönen

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Elo Lab, office 7089

    +358 (0)29 450 3805

    katyry [at] bioscience.fi

    Markku Saari

    Research Coordinator

    Cell Imaging Core, room 5077

    +358 (0)29 450 3770

    markku.saari [at] bioscience.fi

    Activities in the core

    Consultation, operations, training, maintenance: Microscopy

    Fred Saarinen

    Undergraduate Student

    Elenius Lab

    frarsa [at] utu.fi

    Cecilia Sahlgren

    Group Leader, Professor in Cell Biology

    +358 2 215 3300

    cecilia.sahlgren [at] bioscience.fi

    Jussi Salmi

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    jussi.salmi [at] bioscience.fi

    Verna Salo

    Doctoral Candidate

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3810

    verna.salo [at] bioscience.fi

    Siiri Salomaa

    Doctoral Candidate

    Ivaska Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3786

    siiri.salomaa [at] bioscience.fi

    Project title

    SHANK proteins in actin binding

    Research interests

    actin cytoskeleton, cell migration, cancer, SHANK, SHARPIN

    Jouko Sandholm

    Research Coordinator

    Cell Imaging Core, room 5077

    +358 (0)29 450 3770

    jouko.sandholm [at] utu.fi

    Activities in the core

    Consultation, operations, maintenance: Microscopy and backup for Flow Cytometry and Mass Cytometry

    Sami Sanlidag

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sahlgren Lab

    sami.s.sanlidag [at] utu.fi

    Uruj Fatima Sarwar

    Undergraduate Student

    Courtney Lab, office 5121

    usarwarh [at] abo.fi

    Partho Sarathi Sen

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Orešič Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3792

    partho.sen [at] utu.fi

    Mukund Sharma

    Doctoral Candidate

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3790

    mukund.sharma [at] bioscience.fi

    Background

    • MSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

    Project

    Epigenetic regulation by PP2A and RAS synergy and its implication in cancer

    Ankitha Shetty

    Doctoral Candidate

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3769

    ankitha.shetty [at] bioscience.fi

    Farid Ahmad Siddiqui

    Doctoral Candidate

    Abankwa Lab, office 5130

    +358 (0)29 450 3779 / 3779

    farid.siddiqui [at] utu.fi

    Background

    • Doctoral student at Turku Center for Biotechnology since February 2016
    • MSc in Biotechnology form Punjab Technical University and master thesis form School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 2011

    Project involvement

    CIMO project- Understanding the mechanism of action of conglobatin A in blocking oncogenic K-ras signaling

    Research interests

    Drug development especially inhibiting oncogenic K-ras

    Jenni Siivonen

    Laboratory Technician

    Ivaska Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3758

    jenni.siivonen [at] utu.fi

    Current role

    Day-to-day laboratory organisation and assisting in several research projects

    Research skills

    Cell culture, DNA & RNA purification, Western blotting, IF, recombinant protein production, qRT-PCR

    Michael Silva

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    +358 469511586

    michael.santossilva [at] abo.fi

    Background

    I have done my Biochemistry degree in University of Aveiro, Portugal. During that time, I adventured myself in University of Southern Denmark, where I worked in pseudoexon activation in disease. After this experience, I decided to look for another place for me to do my master thesis. I was kindly accepted in John Eriksson’s lab, where I worked on c-FLIP regulation of cell population size. When the opportunity of starting PhD arrived, I embraced a new project working with human papillomavirus E6 and E7 oncoproteins.

    Research interests

    • Human papillomavirus E6 and E7 oncoproteins
    • Cell death
    • Ubiquitination
    • Proteomics

    Alejandro Da Silva

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sistonen Lab

    +358 (0)2 215 4060

    alejandro.dasilvanascimento [at] abo.fi

    My main research interest is the protein network in which HSF1 and HSF2 function. Currently, I am focused on interacting partners of HSF2 in the context of cancer invasion. Finally, I am also studying the role of HSF2 upon proteasome inhibition and protein aggregation.

    I participate in activities organized by the local Catholic Church. I enjoy swimming, hiking, and biking.

    Lea Sistonen

    Professor, Group Leader

    +358 (0)2 215 3311

    lea.sistonen [at] abo.fi

    Marika Sjöqvist

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Coordinator

    Sahlgren Lab

    marika.sjoqvist [at] abo.fi

    Johannes Smolander

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elo Lab, office 7118A

    +358 (0)29 450 3800

    johannes.smolander [at] bioscience.fi

    Sara Soikkeli

    Undergraduate Student

    Lahesmaa Lab

    sara.e.soikkeli [at] utu.fi

    Christel Sourander

    Doctoral Candidate

    Coffey Lab, office 5045

    +358 (0)50 468 9683

    christel.c.sourander [at] utu.fi
    In my PhD project, I am studying how loss of cellular homeostasis may lead to behavioral changes at the level of the whole organism.

    Inna Starskaia

    Doctoral Candidate

    +358 (0)29 450 3770

    Inna.starskaia [at] bioscience.fi

    Activities in the core

    Consultation, operations, training, maintenance: Flow Cytometry and Mass Cytometry

    Oscar Stassen

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Sahlgren Lab

    oscar.stassen [at] abo.fi

    Jakob Storbacka

    Undergraduate Student

    jakob.storbacka [at] abo.fi

    Juha Strandén

    Laboratory Engineer

    +358 (0)29 450 3737

    juha.stranden [at] bioscience.fi

    Aki Stubb

    Doctoral Candidate

    Ivaska Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3789

    asstub [at] utu.fi

    Project title

    Stem Cell adhesome

    Research interests

    Stem cell biology, regulation of pluripotency, adhesion qualities of hPSCs

    Freddy Suarez-Rodriguez

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sahlgren Lab

    freddy.suarezrodriguez [at] abo.fi

    Tomi Suomi

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elo Lab, office 7116

    +358 (0)29 450 3803

    tomi.suomi [at] bioscience.fi

    Cynthia Swan

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    +358 (02) 215 4261

    cynthia.swan [at] abo.fi

    Rifahul Abrar Taiseer

    Undergraduate Student

    Zhang Lab

    mratai [at] utu.fi

    Maria Taskinen

    Doctoral Candidate

    Ivaska Lab

    matask [at] utu.fi

    Project title

    MASTL and cell adhesion

    Research interests

    Cancer, cell adhesion, actin cytoskeleton, cell cycle

    Chandan Thapa

    Doctoral Candidate

    Pentikäinen Lab

    chandan.j.thapa [at] jyv.fi

    Background

    International Masters Degree in Protein Science and Biotechnology, University of Oulu, 2016

    Project

    Molecular bases for cancer development

    Research interests

    The understanding the structure and function of protein and their interactions with other molecules within the cells, as well as to elucidate the pathogenic condition caused by such interaction in the cells and to uncover the therapeutic approaches against them.

    Mari Tiehaara

    Undergraduate Student

    Westermarck Lab, office 4121

    msstie [at] utu.fi

    Laura Tiemeijer

    Doctoral Candidate

    Sahlgren Lab (2nd floor)

    laura.tiemeijer [at] abo.fi

    Nikita Tiwari

    Doctoral Candidate

    Coffey Lab, office 5045

    nikita.tiwari [at] utu.fi
    In my project, I use fiberphotometry to study how molecular drivers of anxiety and depression alter neural activity in awake behaving mice.

    Jori Torkkila

    Undergraduate Student

    Elenius Lab

    jlotor [at] utu.fi

    Vilma Trapp

    Undergraduate Student

    Courtney Lab, room 5121

    vilma.k.trapp [at] utu.fi

    Ubaid Ullah

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Lahesmaa Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3808

    ubaid.ullah [at] bioscience.fi

    Etta-Liisa Väänänen

    Laboratory Technician

    Rantakari Lab

    etliva [at] utu.fi

    Petri Vahakoski

    Systems Manager

    +358 (0)29 450 3735

    petri.vahakoski [at] bioscience.fi

    Julia Vainonen

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3790

    julvai [at] utu.fi

    Background

    • Post-doctoral researcher, University of Helsinki
    • Post-doctoral fellow, University of Turku
    • Post-doctoral fellow Linköping University
    • Ph.D. Chemistry, Moscow State University
    • M.Sc. Chemistry, Moscow State University

    Project

    Predictive phosphoproteomic markers for triple negative breast cancer drug responses

    Tommi Välikangas

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elo Lab, office 7116

    +358 (0)29 450 3803

    tsvali [at] bioscience.fi

    Katri Vaparanta

    Doctoral Candidate

    Elenius Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 4438

    kmvapa [at] utu.fi

    Roosa Varjus

    Undergraduate Student

    Westermarck Lab, office 4121

    rkvarj [at] utu.fi

    Diosangeles Soto Veliz

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    diosangeles.sotoveliz [at] abo.fi

    Mikko Venäläinen

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Elo Lab, office 7087C

    +358 (0)29 450 3756

    mikko.venalainen [at] bioscience.fi

    Reija Venho

    Laboratory Technician

    FFGC

    +358 (0)29 450 3754

    reija.venho [at] bioscience.fi

    Sami Ventelä

    Group Leader

    office 4124

    satuve [at] utu.fi

    Arun Venu

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    +358 41 49 39 527

    apoonthu [at] abo.fi

    Background

    Master of Science in Biomedical ImagingBachelor’s degree in biotechnology

    Research interests

    • Development of Functional materials at biological interfaces for wound healing.
    • Vimentin’s role in cell migration (fibroblast, macrophages and zebrafish)
    • Bioimaging and image analysis

    Anniina Vihervaara

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Sistonen Lab

    +358 (0)2 215 4055

    anniina.vihervaara [at] abo.fi

    Postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of John Lis at Cornell University, New York.

    Pasi Viljakainen

    Senior Technician

    +358 (0)29 450 3757

    pasi.viljakainen [at] bioscience.fi

    Eveliina Virtanen

    Project Engineer

    FFGC

    +358 (0)29 450 2764

    eveliina.virtanen [at] bioscience.fi

    Xijun Wang

    Doctoral Candidate

    Courtney Lab

    Ning Wang

    Undergraduate Student

    Elo Lab, office 7118B

    +358 (0)29 450 3801

    ning.wang [at] bioscience.fi

    Mikael Wasberg

    Laboratory Manager

    +358 (0)2 215 3913

    mikael.wasberg [at] bioscience.fi

    Jukka Westermarck

    Research Director, Group Leader

    +358 (0)29 450 2880

    jukwes [at] utu.fi

    Zsofia Winter

    Project Engineer

    Cell Imaging Core

    zsofia.winter [at] utu.fi

    Num Wistbacka

    Undergraduate Student

    office: +358 2 215 4079 (Biocity 2nd floor)

    num.wistbacka [at] abo.fi

    Xiaoyu Xu

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Zhang Lab

    xiaoyu.xu [at] abo.fi

    Jiaqi Yan

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    jiaqi.yan [at] abo.fi

    Peiru Yang

    Undergraduate Student

    Eriksson Lab

    +385 (0)418084762

    peiru.yang [at] abo.fi

    Background

    • May.2018- now : John Eriksson Lab, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
    • Aug. 2017- Apr. 2018 : Pharmaceutical Science Laboratory, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
    • Sep. 2016- Jun. 2017 : Master Degree in Medicine (expected in 2019), Jiangsu University, China
    • Sep. 2015- Jun. 2016 : The 81st Hospital of the People´s Liberation Army, Nanjing, China
    • Jun. 2010- June 2015 : Bachelor Degree in Medicine, Jiangsu University, China

    Research interests

    • Cancer signaling
    • Extracellular vesicles

    Feng Zhang

    Doctoral Candidate

    Zhang Lab

    feng.zhang [at] helsinki.fi

    Hongbo Zhang

    Tenure Track Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory

    +358 (0)22 154 141

    hongbo.zhang [at] utu.fi

    Yuezhou Zhang

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Zhang Lab

    yuezhou.zhang [at] abo.fi

    Flavio Zizzo

    Eriksson Lab

    flavio.zizzo [at] utu.fi