Endothelial and stem cells regulating tissue function

Principal Investigator, Research Fellow of the Finnish Academy of Sciences

  • BSc in Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, 1997
  • MSc in Exercise physiology, University of Jyväskylä, 2001
  • PhD, University of Jyväskylä, 2008
  • Post doctoral research fellow, Prof. Kari Alitalo's group, University of Helsinki, 2008-2013
  • Senior research fellow, Wihuri Research Institute, Helsinki, 2013-2016

TUHAT, ORCID, LinkedIn, riikka.kivela(at)

Genetics of heart diseases

Clinical Researcher

  • MSc (Econ.) - Turku School of Economics, Finland
  • MD - Linköping University, Sweden
  • PhD - Pediatrics, Turku University, Finland
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Prof. Euan Ashley Lab, Stanford University CA, 2015-2017
  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Kivelä Lab, University of Helsinki, 2017-

  • Research Interests: Genetics of congenital heart disease, Left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) defects, Patient-derived iPS cells in disease modeling, Maternal glucose metabolism and congenital heart defects.

TUHAT, ORCID, LinkedIn, emmi.helle(at)

Endothelial cells in co-culture models

Postdoctoral researcher

  • PhD - University of Tampere
  • MSc - University of Tampere
  • Research interests: Endothelial cells, cardiomyocytes, in vitro co-culture models, iPS cells

TUHATORCIDLinkedIn, minna.ampuja(at)

Postdoctoral researcher

  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Kivelä Lab, University of Helsinki, 2020-
  • Postdoctoral scholar, Prof. Creed Stary lab, Stanford University CA, 2017-2019
  • PhD - University of Oulu, Experimental Heart Surgery, Finland
  • MD – University of Oulu, Finland

  • Research Interests: Ischemia-reperfusion injury, cell to cell communication between brain and heart, cellular bioenergetics.

Endothelium as a secretory organ

PhD student

  • M.Sc - University of Helsinki, Finland
  • M.Res  – University of Glasgow, UK
  • B.Tech – Sathyabama University, India
  • Interests: Angiogenesis and Cardiac hypertrophy, Endothelium, Angiocrine and Paracrine factors, secretome, heart failure.

TUHAT, ORCID, karthik.amudhalahemanthakumar(at)

Prox1 transcription factor in skeletal muscle

PhD Student

  • M.Sc. (Biotechnology), Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
  • B.Sc. (Biology), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
  • Research Interests: Satellite cells, Prox1 transcription factor, Skeletal muscle regeneration, Rhabdomyosarcoma.

TUHAT, ORCID, LinkedIn, nebeyu.gizaw(at)


PhD Student

  • MSc in Exercise physiology, University of Jyväskylä
  • Research interests: Skeletal muscle, vasculature, endothelial cells, muscle hypertrophy, angiogenesis, metabolic health, muscle wasting


PhD Student

  • Medical student in the University of Helsinki

Research assistant

  • MSc – Genetics and Molecular biosciences, University of Helsinki, 2021
  • BSc - Biomedicine, University of Eastern Finland, 2018


  • Medical student in the University of Helsinki

MSc student

  • BSc in molecular biosciences, University of Helsinki

Master student

  • Master Student in Translational Medicine
  • B.Sc. (Molecular bioscience), University of Helsinki

  • Research interests: metabolic health, skeletal muscle, vasculature, endothelial cells, angiogenesis, Oroboros



  • Medical student in the University of Helsinki

Erasmus student

  • Bachelor student in Biomedical sciences at the University of Barcelona

Laboratory coordinator

  • MSc - University of Helsinki
  • MLT (Medical Laboratory Technologist)

TUHAT, ilse.paetau(at)


Kirsi Mattinen, Lab manager

Tatjana Punger, MSc student

Laura Antola, MSc (Tech.)/medical student

Manon Gruchet, Erasmus student

Elviira Hyvönen, medical student

Maxime Laird, Erasmus student

Charlotte Gouret, Erasmus student