Profile

    Group Leader

    Riikka Lund, Ph.D.
    Senior Scientist, Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent)
    Head of Finnish Functional Genomics Centre
    riikka.lund [at] utu.fi

    Contact Information

    Biomedical Epigenomics Group
    Turku Bioscience
    P.O. Box 123, BioCity
    (Street adr. Tykistökatu 6 A)
    FIN-20520 Turku, Finland
    +358-2-333 7697 (Riikka Lund)
    +358-41-517 1616 (Mobile)
    +358-2-333 8015 (Laboratory)
    +358-2-251 8808 (Fax)


    Description of the Research

    Our group explores, develops and implements the latest technologies and methods to study genomic and epigenomic regulation during early human development, aging and in diseases. By comparing and modelling epigenomes of healthy and diseased individuals with the latest cutting-edge methods our goal is to understand the mechanisms of the diseases, how they develop, find novel type of disease marker candidates and targets for drug development. By providing novel innovative approaches enabling prediction, early diagnosis and efficient precision treatment of diseases our ultimate goal is to promote lifelong health.

    Current Projects

    • Epigenetic regulation in pluripotent stem cells and during neuronal differentiation
    • Placental epigenome in association with maternal stress and depressive symptoms
    • Epigenomics of childhood rhinovirus-induced wheezing and asthma
    • Epigenetic mechanisms of childhood leukemia at single cell level
    • Epigenetic markers associated with aging, cognition and Alzheimer’s disease
    • +several other collaborative projects

    Current Key Collaborators

    • Jartti Tuomas, Department of Pediatrics, Turku University Hospital
    • Kaprio Jaakko, University of Helsinki, FIMM
    • Lähdesmäki Harri, Turku Centre for Biotechnology and Aalto University
    • Ollikainen Miina, University of Helsinki, FIMM
    • Pedersen Nancy, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet
    • Rinne Juha, Turku PET Centre, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital
    • Eva Ekholm, Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Department of Clinical Medicine)
    • Hasse Karlsson, The FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study, Turku Brain and Mind Center, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Turku, Finland; Department of Psychiatry, Turku University Hospital and University of Turku, Finland
    • Linnea Karlsson, The FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study, Turku Brain and Mind Center, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Turku, Finland; Department of Child Psychiatry, Turku University Hospital and University of Turku, Finland

    Funding

    • TuDMM (graduate student Mikko Konki)
    • Wihuri Foundation (graduate student Mikko Konki)
    • Finnish Cultural Foundation (graduate student Mikko Konki)
    • Väreen Säätiö (postdoctoral researcher Riina Kaukonen)
    • Yrjö Jahnsson foundation
    • State Research Funding, Hospital District of Southwest Finland
    • Private donation