Lab Members

    Group Leader

    Johanna Ivaska
    Academy of Finland Professor
    johanna.ivaska [at] utu.fi

    Contact Information

    Turku Centre for Biotechnology
    Box 123, BioCity
    (Street adr. Tykistökatu 6 B)
    FIN-20521 Turku, Finland

    Brief Background

    PhD in collagen-binding integrins (Turku, Finland); Postdoc at CR-UK, LIR with Prof. Peter J. Parker; Lab established in 2003 (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland); Now Academy Professor and Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at University of Turku Centre for Biotechnology.
    For an interview with Johanna visit the Journal of Cell Biology: People and ideas.


      Technical Staff

      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

      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

      Doctoral Candidates

      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

      Jasmin Kaivola

      Doctoral Candidate

      Ivaska Lab

      jasmin.e.kaivola [at] utu.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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      Postdoctoral Researchers

      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)

      James Conway

      Postdoctoral Researcher

      james.conway [at] utu.fi

      Project title

      Regulation of integrin phosphorylation

      Research interests

      FRET biosensors and 3D models

      Hellyeh Hamidi

      Research Coordinator

      +358 (0)29 450 3787

      hellyeh.hamidi [at] bioscience.fi

      Research interests

      Integrin activity, cell adhesion, cancer, cell migration

      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 

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      Undergraduate Students

      Dinc Defne

      Undergraduate Student

      Ivaska Lab

      dddinc [at] utu.fi

      Max Grönloh

      Undergraduate Student

      Ivaska Lab, office 4121

      max.gronloh [at] utu.fi

      Juho Irjala

      Undergraduate Student

      Ivaska Lab

      juho.k.irjala [at] utu.fi

      Alumni

      Doctoral Candidates

      • Jonna Alanko (thesis defended 2016)
      • Riina Kaukonen (thesis defended 2016)
      • Nicola De Franceschi (thesis defended 2016)
      • Reetta Virtakoivu (thesis defended 2015)
      • Gunilla Högnäs (thesis defended 2013)
      • Juha Rantala (thesis defended 2011)
      • Jonna Nevo (thesis defended 2011)
      • Karolina Vuoriluoto (thesis defended 2010)
      • Saara Tuomi (thesis defended 2010)
      • Teijo Pellinen (thesis defended 2009)
      • Elina Mattila (thesis defended 2009)

      Postdocs

      • Maria Georgiadou – August 2018, next step: Senior Researcher at Orion Pharma, Finland
      • Mika Pietilä – until 2017, Next step: Astra Zeneca, Espoo, Finland
      • ​Anja Mai – until 2016, Next step: Researcher at BerGenBio, Bergen, Norway
      • Antti Arjonen – until 2015. Next step: Senior researcher at Misvik Biology Ltd, Turku, Finland
      • Ghaffar Muharram – until 2013. Next step: Scientist at University of Lille, Lille, France
      • Jeroen Pouwels – until 2013, Next step: group leader at Turku Centre for Biotechnology, Turku, Finland
      • Stefan Veltel, Next step: lecturer at University of Applied Sciences, Bremen, Germany