Profile

    Group Leader

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

    Contact Information

    Biomedical Epigenomics Group
    Turku Bioscience
    BioCity
    FIN-20014 University of Turku
    (Street adr. Tykistökatu 6 A)
    +358-20-450 3793 (Riikka Lund)
    +358-41-517 1616 (Mobile)


    Description of the Research

    The goal of our research is to increase common understanding how genetic factors in complex interaction with the environment influence human development and health. Our particular interest is to elucidate how epigenetic mechanisms influence regulation of gene activity in human cells and tissues and mediate effects of environment on long-term health in individuals with different genetic background. By exploiting state-of-the-art methods for genome research we also aim to identify new markers for harmful exposures and diseases, and targets for development of new therapeutic approaches.

    Current Projects

    • Molecular mechanisms of stress exposure and response
    • Maternal depressive symptoms during pregnancy and epigenetic regulation in placenta
    • Epigenetic mechanisms of childhood leukemia and glucocorticoid response at single cell level
    • Epigenetic markers associated with cognition, aging and Alzheimer’s disease
    • +several other collaborative projects

    Current Key Collaborators

    • Hasse Karlsson, 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, 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
    • Eeva Ekholm, FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study, Turku Brain and Mind Center, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Turku, Finland; Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Department of Clinical Medicine)
    • Minna Lukkarinen, FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study, Turku Brain and Mind Center, Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Turku, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital.
    • Rinne Juha, Turku PET Centre, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital
    • Kaprio Jaakko, University of Helsinki, FIMM
    • Ollikainen Miina, University of Helsinki, FIMM
    • Jartti Tuomas, Department of Pediatrics, Turku University Hospital

    Funding

    • Gyllenberg Foundation
    • Academy of Finland
    • TuDMM
    • Wihuri Foundation
    • Finnish Cultural Foundation
    • Väreen Säätiö
    • Yrjö Jahnsson foundation
    • State Research Funding, Hospital District of Southwest Finland
    • Private donation
    • University of Turku