Lab Members

    Group Leader

    John Eriksson Professor, Department of Biosciences
    Åbo Akademi University
    john.eriksson[at]abo.fi
    john.eriksson[at]btk.fi
    joheri [at] utu.fi

    Contact Information

    Turku Bioscience
    P.O. Box 123, BioCity
    (Street adr. Tykistökatu 6 B)
    FIN-20521 Turku, Finland

    +358-2-215-3313 (John Eriksson)
    +358-2-333-8603 (Departmental Office)
    +358-2-215-4061 (Main PhD Student Office)
    +358-2-333-8000 (Fax Attn. John Eriksson)


    Technical Staff

    Umesh Satyal

    Project Assistant

    Eriksson Lab

    umrasa [at] utu.fi

    Athresh Shigaval

    Technical Planning Officer

    Eriksson Lab

    athresh.r.shigaval [at] utu.fi

    Senior/Postdoctoral Researchers

    Erik Niemelä

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Eriksson Lab

    office: +358 2 215 4079 (Biocity 2nd floor)

    erik.niemela [at] abo.fi

    Background

    • Development of innovative nanomaterials for drug development and material-cell interactions
    • Nanoparticles for targeted drug development
    • Nanostructured polymers for controlling and manipulating cellular processes
    • Biodegradable screening assay for material, drug and live cell studies
    • Developing natural compounds for treatment of HPV associated diseases
    • Studying the mechanism of cell death and cell proliferation by c-FLIP

    Preethy Paul

    Project Coordinator & Postdoctoral Researcher

    Eriksson Lab

    +358 41 36 40 948

    ppreethy [at] abo.fi ; prepau [at] utu.fi

    Background

    • Screening & development of natural compounds and small molecules for anti-cancer activity
    • Studying the molecular mechanism of apoptosis induced by the compounds

    Research interests

    • Drug development research related to anti-cancer therapeutics
    • Developing natural compounds/extracts & small molecules for treatment of HPV associated cancers and warts
    • Studying the mechanism of cell death induced by the compounds in HPV associated cell lines by various biochemical and biophysical methods

    Senthilkumar Rajendran

    Senior Research Fellow

    Eriksson Lab

    +358442362631

    srajendr [at] abo.fi ; sekura [at] utu.fi ; biosen81 [at] gmail.com

    Areas of expertise

    Drug discovery and development :
    • Synthesis of organic small molecules and inorganic metal complexes
    • Natural products – Extraction and isolation of compounds
    • Apoptosis cell signaling pathways
    • Drug-DNA/protein interaction
    • In Ovo chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) model
    • Nanocarriers

    Background

    • Project Coordinator at Åbo Akademi Unviersity, Finland– January 2014 - present
    • Postdoctoral Researcher at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland – September 2009 - January 2011
    • Senior Researcher Fellow at Bharathidasan University, India – April 2007 - August 2009

    Doctoral Candidates

    Hend Abdelkader

    C/O Centre For Functional Material , ÅA& Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab (Biocity 2nd floor)

    +358 2 215 4079

    hend.abdelkader [at] abo.fi

    Background

    Master Degree in Clinical Dentistry& Master of Science in Biomedical Imaging (written as MClinDent-M.Sc Biomedical imaging)

    Research interests

    • Development of Functional materials at biological interfaces for wound healing
    • 3D cell models in different ECM matrix systems
    • Angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis
    • Bioimaging and image analysis

    Elnaz Fazeli

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab & Hänninen Lab, office 5084

    elnfaz [at] utu.fi

    Background

    I am a microscopist with a background in electronics engineering and biomedical imaging. During my master’s study in biomedical imaging in University of Turku, I enjoyed microscopy and image analysis-related topics the most. Therefore, I decided to pursue a PhD degree jointly in Biophysics and Cell Biology laboratories. Currently I develop methods to enable studying resorbing osteoclasts using high and super resolution fluorescence imaging techniques, and focus on image analysis workflows to analyze big datasets I generate.I also work as a teacher in the master’s program of biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Imaging track and teach fluorescence techniques, bioimage informatics and hands -on microscopy courses.

    Research interest

    • Intermediate filaments
    • Actin filaments
    • Bioimage informatics
    • Super-resolution microscopy
    • Atomic force microscopy
    • Osteoclast biology

    Emilia Holm

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    +358449708251

    emilia.holm [at] abo.fi

    Background

    I received my Master’s degree in Cell biology at Åbo Akademi University, Finland in 2018 while working under Professor Kid Törnqvist. During this period, I was mainly studying what role the transcription factors TRb1 and Runx2 have in follicular thyroid cancer. As I finished my Master’s degree, I hoped to learn new techniques that are used in cell biology and thus became a PhD student in Professor John Eriksson’s lab. Currently, I study the importance of vimentin in the maintenance of nuclear integrity in fibroblasts. In addition, I am also involved in studies involving vimentin phosphorylation and interactions between lamins and heat shock factor 1 during heat shock.

    Research interests

    • Imaging
    • Nuclear integrity and function
    • Intermediate filament structure
    • Mechanosensing

    Alia Joko

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    cjoko [at] abo.fi

    Background

    I trained as a Chemical Engineer and received a master's degree in Process Systems Engineering from Imperial College London, UK. I first came across the word 'apoptosis' while working on my masters thesis. Thereafter, because the word stuck with me, I decided to get a more in-depth knowledge about the pathways that drive apoptosis. In 2012, I enrolled as a PhD student at the Eriksson Lab to work on the regulation of death receptor-mediated apoptosis. My interest has since evolved to include cell cycle regulation.

    Research Interests

    • Cell cycle regulation
    • Cell death signalling
    • Quantitative Modelling

    Mayank Modi

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    +358-(0)-469527179

    maymod [at] bioscience.fi; mmodi [at] abo.fi

    Background

    • PhD in Cell Biology (ongoing)
    • MSc in Molecular systems biology (Dec 2019)
    • B. Tech. in Biotechnology (May 2016)

    Research interests

    • Fibroblasts in ECM deposition and remodeling
    • Vimentin mediated mechanotransduction in adipogenesis
    • Directional cell migration
    • Microscopy and bioimage analysis

    Ponnuswamy Mohanasundaram

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab (Biocity 2nd floor)

    +358 2 215 4079

    pmohanas [at] abo.fi ; ponmoh [at] utu.fi

    Research Interests

    Vimentin knockout delayed wound healing process in mice. Vimentin involve in wound healing mechanism, by regulating cell proliferation, EMT signaling and collagen synthesis. Cell growth and proliferation are important process for wound healing and normal development. We found that vimentin regulate cell growth and proliferation through Akt/mTOR signaling pathway. My research work is to understand, how vimentin regulate cell growth and proliferation through Akt/mTOR signaling.

    Education

    • PhD (2012– till date) Thesis title – Role of Vimentin in normal and disease conditions, Faculty of  Science and Engineering, Cell Biology Unit, Åbo Akademi
    • Masters (M.Sc) in Biomedical Science (2005 - 2010), Department of  Biomedical Science, Bharathidasan University, India
    • Thesis:  Purification  and characterization of alkaline serine protease from Bacillus pumilus TMS55

    Sepideh Parvanian

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    sepideh.parvanian [at] bioscience.fi; sepideh.parvanian [at] abo.fi

    Background

    I received my Master’s degree in Genetic Engineering from the National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Tehran, Iran) in 2013. I worked in the biopharmaceutical industry for six years in up-stream bioprocess and R&D, and also as an internal auditor and monoclonal antibody API supervisor. I came to Finland in March 2017 as a Research Assistant to work on vesicular compartments in bone-resorbing osteoclasts, as a member of the EU-funded EUROCLAST project (Marie Curie ESR) at the University of Turku. I joined Erikson's Lab in June 2018 as a PhD student. My research focuses on novel fundamental insights on the role of fibrotic-derived extracellular vesicles in myofibroblasts heterogeneity and mechanism of fibrosis.

    Research interests

    • Extracellular Vesicles • Wound healing • Biopharmaceutical manufacturing

    Leila Rato

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    +358 469511582

    leila.coelhorato [at] abo.fi

    Background

    I have received my BSc and MSc in Biochemistry from University of Aveiro, Portugal. I had the opportunity to join the Eriksson laboratory as part of the Erasmus Programme for my master`s thesis, in which I focused on studying vimentin and cell size signalling. I joined the Proteomics core facility for my summer job in 2017 and then I decided to enrol as a PhD candidate. I focus on understanding the role of vimentin in cell growth signalling by looking at signalling partners and post-translation modifications using mass spectrometry.

    Research interests

    • Mass spectrometry techniques and data analysis
    • Cell metabolism and signalling  
    • Post-translational modifications

    Michael Silva

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    +358 469511586

    michael.santossilva [at] abo.fi

    Background

    I have done my Biochemistry degree in University of Aveiro, Portugal. During that time, I adventured myself in University of Southern Denmark, where I worked in pseudoexon activation in disease. After this experience, I decided to look for another place for me to do my master thesis. I was kindly accepted in John Eriksson’s lab, where I worked on c-FLIP regulation of cell population size. When the opportunity of starting PhD arrived, I embraced a new project working with human papillomavirus E6 and E7 oncoproteins.

    Research interests

    • Human papillomavirus E6 and E7 oncoproteins
    • Cell death
    • Ubiquitination
    • Proteomics

    Arun Venu

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    +358 41 49 39 527

    apoonthu [at] abo.fi

    Background

    Master of Science in Biomedical ImagingBachelor’s degree in biotechnology

    Research interests

    • Development of Functional materials at biological interfaces for wound healing.
    • Vimentin’s role in cell migration (fibroblast, macrophages and zebrafish)
    • Bioimaging and image analysis

    Peiru Yang

    Doctoral Candidate

    Eriksson Lab

    +385 (0)418084762

    peiru.yang [at] abo.fi; peiru.yang [at] bioscience.fi

    Background

    • Trainee in John Eriksson Laboratory (2018-2019, Åbo Akademi University)
    • Trainee in Pharmaceutical Science Laboratory (2017-2018, Åbo Akademi University)
    • Master's Degree in Medicine (2016-2019, Jiangsu University, China)
    • Medical internship and rotation in surgery and radiology (2015-2016, The 81st Hospital of the People's Liberation Army, China)
    • Bachelor's Degree in Medicine (2010-2015, Jiangsu University, China)

    Research interests

    • Cytoskeletal signaling
    • Lipid droplet development and lipid metabolism
    • Immunometabolism
    • Wound Healing

    Undergraduate Students

    Toveann Ahlnäs

    Undergraduate Student

    Eriksson Lab

    +358 405445624

    tahlnas [at] abo.fi

    Background

    • MSc in Biochemistry (2017-, Åbo Akademi University)
    • BSc in Cell and Molecular Biosciences (2017, Åbo Akademi University)
    • Research Assistant in the Cellular Protein Chemistry group (2017-2018, Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
    • Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Immunogenetics and Autoimmune Diseases (2017, University of Turku)
    • Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Lipid and Membrane Biochemistry (2016, Åbo Akademi University)