Lab Members

    Group Leader

    Jukka Westermarck
    Research Director and Professor of Cancer Biology
    Turku Bioscience
    jukka.westermarck [at] utu.fi

    Contact Information

    Turku Bioscience P.O. Box 123, BioCity
    (Street addr. Tykistökatu 6 B)
    FIN-20521 Turku, Finland
    +358-294502880 (Jukka Westermarck)
    +358-294503790 (Group members)


    Laboratory Manager

    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

    Postdoctoral Researchers

    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.

    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​

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    Doctoral Candidates

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Technical Personnel

    Taina Kalevo-Mattila

    Laboratory Technician

    Westermarck Lab

    +358 (0)29 450 3758

    taina.kalevo-mattila [at] bioscience.fi

    Undergraduate Students

    Mari Tiehaara

    Undergraduate Student

    Westermarck Lab, office 4121

    msstie [at] utu.fi

    Alumni

    • Song-Ping Li, Ph.D student (1998 – Dec 2003)
      • Current position: Post Doc at  Department of  Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
    • Melissa R. JunttilaPh.D. student (Aug 2001 – Mar 2006)
      • Current position: Senior Scientist in Translational Oncology at Genentech Inc., South San Francisco, CA, USA
    • Tim Holmström, Post doc ( Jan 2004 – Apr 2006 )
      • Current position: Principal Research Scientist, in-vitro biology, Research and Development, Orion Ltd. Turku, Finland
    • Pietri Puustinen, Post doc (Sep 2004 – Dec 2007) 
    • Antoine Mialon, Ph.D. Student (Apr 2003 – Jan 2009)
      • Current position: Application Team Leader, MetGen Ltd. Kaarina, Finland 
    • Sari Vanhatupa, Post doc (Nov 2007 – Jun 2009)
      • Current position: Nordic Medical Advisor, Jannsen-Cilag Ltd., Johnson & Johnson, Finland
    • Christophe Côme, Post doc (Apr 2006 – Dec 2010)
      • Current position: Guest Researcher, Biotech Research & Innovation Centre, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Sami Ventelä, Post doc (Dec 2007 – Dec 2010)
      • Current position: Otolaryngologist, Turku University Hospital and Mehiläinen-NEO Hospital, Turku, Finland
    • Anchit Khanna, Ph.D. student (Jun 2007 – Dec 2011)
      • Current position: Medical Liaison Specialist, Pfizer Oncology, Sydney, Australia
    • Minna Niemelä, Ph.D. student (Jun 2005 – Sep 2012)
    • Yuba Raj Pokharel, Post doc (Nov 2009 – Oct 2012)
      • Current position: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Life Science and Biotechnology, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, New Delhi, India
    • Juha Okkeri, Post doc (Feb 2007 – Aug 2014)
      • Current position: Subject Teacher, Alesksis Kivi Comprehensive School, Siuntio, Finland
    • Anni Laine, Ph.D. Student (Aug 2006 – Jun 2013), Post doc (Jul 2013 – Mar 2016)
      • Current position: Post doc, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Division of Immunology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Otto Kauko, Ph.D. student (Sep 2009 – Jan 2017)
      • Current position: Associate post-doctoral fellow, Juusi Taipale Group, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
    • Amanpreet Kaur, Ph.D. Student (Nov. 2009 – Aug 2016) Post doc (Aug 2016 – Mar 2017)
      • Current position: Postdoctoral research fellow, Cancer & Stem Cell Biology Programme, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.
    • Laxman Yetukuri, Post doc (Jan 2016 – Aug 2018)
      • Current position: Senior Applications Specialist, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd., Helsinki, Finland