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

    Kühl David

    Visiting Researcher

    Ivaska Lab, office 4121

    Hellyeh Hamidi

    Research Coordinator

    +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

    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

    Undergraduate Students

    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

    • 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