People

How did our group come to exist? After working as a research scientist at numerous research institutes in both Finland and Europe and at various positions in the biomedical research industry, Adj. Prof. PhD. Filip Ekholm joined the Department of Chemistry in 2015 and was promoted to a permanent position as a University lecturer in 2017. The same year he founded the Biomolecular Chemistry group and the team currently consists of one senior researchers, two project researchers, four doctoral researchers and two undergraduate students. In addition to our main research themes, the group actively collaborates with leading experts in natural sciences, chemical biology and drug development.

Head of the group (PI):
Adj. Prof. PhD. Filip Ekholm
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki

Educational background: Adj. Prof. in biomolecular chemistry 2019 (University of Helsinki), Adj. Prof. in carbohydrate chemistry and applied NMR-spectroscopy 2015 (Åbo Akademi University), PhD. in organic chemistry 2012 (Åbo Akademi University), MSc. in organic chemistry 2008 (Åbo Akademi University)

Research expertise and interests: antibody-drug conjugates, biomolecular and bioconjugate chemistry, boron neutron capture therapy, cancer therapeutics, chemical biology, drug delivery, ocular surface diseases, organic and medicinal chemistry, NMR-spectroscopy and structural elucidation of organic compounds.

Project researcher:
MSc. Jan-Erik Raitanen
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki

Educational background: MSc. in organic chemistry 2014 (Åbo Akademi University)

Research expertise and interests: biomolecular chemistry, boron neutron capture therapy, ocular surface diseases, organic synthesis, wood-associated polyphenols

Doctoral researcher:
MSc. Jelena Matović
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki

Educational background: Erasmus mundus joint MSc. in advanced spectroscopy in chemistry 2019 (University of Helsinki & University of Lille), BSc. in chemistry 2017 (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)

Research expertise and interests: organic synthesis, glycoconjugates, boron neutron capture therapy, carbohydrate chemistry, NMR spectroscopy

Doctoral researcher:
MSc. Tuomo Viitaja
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki
Ophthalmology, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital

Educational background: MSc. in chemistry 2019 (University of Helsinki), BSc. in chemistry 2018 (University of Helsinki), BEng. in biotechnology 2012 (HAMK university of applied sciences)

Research expertise and interests: biofuels, ocular surface diseases, fungal metabolites and metabolic pathways, organic synthesis, surface chemistry, biophysics, waste water treatment

Doctoral researcher:
MSc. Iris Sokka
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki

Educational background: MSc. in chemistry (University of Helsinki 2021), BSc. in chemistry (University of Helsinki 2018), BSc. in pharmacy (University of Helsinki 2014)

Research expertise and interests: computational chemistry, medicinal chemistry, molecular modelling

Doctoral researcher:
MSc. Henrik Stubb
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki

Educational background: MSc. in chemistry 2021 (University of Helsinki); BSc. in chemistry 2020 (University of Helsinki)

Research expertise and interests: organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, ocular surface diseases

Research assistant:
Ms. Julia Sevón
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki
Ophthalmology, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital

Educational background: -

Research expertise and interests: ocular surface diseases, biophysics, organic chemistry

BSc.-student:
Mr. Jim Isak-Rif
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki

Educational background: -

Research expertise and interests: organic and medicinal chemistry

BSc.-student:
Mr. Zakaria Musse
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki

Educational background: -

Research expertise and interests: computational chemistry, medicinal chemistry

BSc. Cordula Schlegel (Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria, 2022)

PhD. Riku Paananen (University of Helsinki, 2022)

MSc. Ronja Rättö (University of Helsinki, 2021)

MSc. Henrik Stubb (University of Helsinki, 2021)

BSc. Saga Grönfors (University of Helsinki, 2021)

BSc. Henrik Stubb (University of Helsinki, 2020)

MSc. Tuomo Viitaja (University of Helsinki, 2019)

MSc. Jelena Matovic (Erasmus Mundus ASC-program, 2019)

BSc. Antti Hynynen (University of Helsinki, 2019)

MSc. Helena Bland (University of York, U.K., 2018; University of Helsinki, 2019)

MSc. Ruth Mateu Ferrando (Erasmus Mundus ASC-program, 2018)