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

    Niklas Jäntti

    Doctoral Candidate

    Ivaska Lab

    niklas.z.jantti [at] utu.fi

    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

    Mitro Miihkinen

    Doctoral Candidate

    Ivaska Lab, 4th floor

    +358 (0)29 450 3791

    misami [at] utu.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

    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

    James Conway

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Ivaska Lab

    james.conway [at] utu.fi

    Project title

    Regulation of integrin phosphorylation

    Research interests

    FRET biosensors and 3D models

    Gautier Follain

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Ivaska & Jacquemet Labs

    gautier.follain [at] utu.fi

    Hellyeh Hamidi

    Research Coordinator

    Leave on absence (Ivaska Lab)

    +358 (0)29 450 3787

    hellyeh.hamidi [at] bioscience.fi

    Research interests

    Integrin activity, cell adhesion, cancer, cell migration

    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

    Undergraduate Students

    Kühl David

    Undergraduate Student

    Ivaska Lab, office 4121

    Nicolas Pasquier

    Undergraduate Student

    Ivaska lab, office 4121

    nicolas.pasquier [at] utu.fi

    Alumni

    Doctoral Candidates

    • Aki Stubb (thesis defended 2019)
    • Pranshu Sahgal (thesis defended 2018)
    • 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

    • Jaroslav Icha – 2019, next step: Application specialist for Promega cell-based assays and all luminescence products, Czech Republic
    • 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
    • Emilia Peuhu – until 2019, next step: Group leader at Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku
    • Guillaume Jacquemet – until 2019, next step: Group leader at Åbo Akademi, Faculty of Science and Engineering
    • Elisa Närvä -until 2021, Next step: group leader at Institute of Biomedicine, Turku, Finland