Lab members

    Group Leader

    Ulla Pentikäinen
    Academy research fellow / University lecturer (Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku)
    Email: ulla.pentikainen [at]

    Contact Information

    Turku Bioscience P.O. Box 123, BioCity
    (Street addr. Tykistökatu 6 B)
    FIN-20521 Turku, Finland
    Phone +358 505012574

    Brief background and professional evolution

    • Academy research fellow 2014-2019
    • Academy postdoctoral fellow 2009-2013
    • University Lecturer, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Jyväskylä 2011-2017
    • Post doctoral fellow University of Bristol, UK, School of Chemistry, 2004-2005
    • Adjunct professor in Biochemistry, University of Jyväskylä, 2009
    • Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Turku, 2004
    • M.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Turku, 1999

    Senior Researchers

    Tatu Haataja

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Pentikäinen Lab

    tatu.haataja [at]


    • Postdoctoral researcher at “Molecular mechanisms of diseases” –group 2015-
    • Postdoctoral researcher at Lund University 2011-2014
    • Ph.D., University of Oulu, Finland, Biochemistry, 2011
    • M. Sc., University of Oulu, Finland, Biochemistry, 2005


    • Molecular mechanisms of valvular diseases
    • Molecular bases for cancer development
    • Molecular level force propagation in cells

    Research interests

    Studying the structure and function of proteins using X-ray crystallography and SAXS for understanding the molecular mechanisms behind human disorders and disease

    Doctoral Candidates

    Chandan Thapa

    Doctoral Candidate

    Pentikäinen Lab

    chandan.j.thapa [at]


    International Masters Degree in Protein Science and Biotechnology, University of Oulu, 2016


    Molecular bases for cancer development

    Research interests

    The understanding the structure and function of protein and their interactions with other molecules within the cells, as well as to elucidate the pathogenic condition caused by such interaction in the cells and to uncover the therapeutic approaches against them.

    Undergraduate Students

    Pekka Roivas

    Project Researcher

    Ivaska Lab

    pekka.roivas [at]