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PhD
Principal Investigator
Adjunct Professor in Molecular Genetics

I’m a geneticist with great passion towards hematological malignancies. I received my PhD in cancer genetics (inherited breast cancer) in 2007 and then did my first postdoc in Ross Levine’s lab (hematology) at MSKCC in NYC 2007-2010. When I returned home, I did my second postdoc in Lauri Aaltonen’s lab (cancer genomics) 2011-2014 before establishing my own lab in 2015.

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outi.kilpivaara@helsinki.fi
02941 25599

MD, PhD, Docent

I am a hematologist at Helsinki University Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center and am affiliated with University of Helsinki (UH), Faculty of Medicine, as a principal investigator. I received my PhD in 1999 and medical degree in 2000. Thereafter I specialized in clinical chemistry and clinical hematology. I have been in hematology practice for almost ten years and worked as a head of section since 2014. My areas of responsibilities include acute lymphoblastic leukemia and inherited blood diseases including genetic predisposition syndromes. Together with Outi Kilpivaara, PhD (doc.), we have a joint research group focusing on hematological genetics in the RPU of University of Helsinki. I am also the coordinator/ responsible teacher of hematology at UH.

ulla.wartiovaara-kautto@hus.fi
+35850 428 7051

Doctoral Researcher, MSc

I completed my Master’s degree in Biology in University of Helsinki, specializing in human genetics in 2017. My PhD projects focus mainly on the germline predisposition to acute myeloid and lymphoblastic leukemia. In particular, I am studying mechanisms behind ERCC6L2 –driven bone marrow failure and acute erythroid leukemia. My special interest is also trying to solve the mysteries of undiagnosed patients by finding a germline cause for their symptoms and help in making a correct diagnosis for the patient.

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suvi.douglas@helsinki.fi
02941 25557

Doctoral Researcher, MD

I recieved my medical degree from the University of Helsinki in 2012 and am specialized in internal medicine. My PhD project focuses on the genetics of inherited bone marrow failure syndromes.

marja.hakkarainen@helsinki.fi
02941 25557

Doctoral Researcher, MSc

I joined Waara lab during my master’s studies and have continued at the lab as a PhD student. I completed a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology at UC Berkeley in and a master’s degree in translational medicine at the University of Helsinki. I’m mostly involved in functional- and single cell projects investigating inherited bone marrow failure syndromes and their progression into acute myeloid leukemia (AML), with a special interest in cellular energy metabolism.

 

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ilse.kaaja@helsinki.fi
02941 25557

Laboratory technician, MSc

I work as laboratory technician for Outi Kilpivaara's lab group. 

In addition to my lab management duties I work in the role of research assistant alongside most projects. I work with different laboratory techniques in cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology and pathology. My responsibilities also include maintaining and updating our databases as well as training new lab personnel in various techniques. 

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lotta.katainen@helsinki.fi
02941 25634

Doctoral Researcher, MSc

I received my Master’s degree in Life Science Informatics, majoring in Bioinformatics and Systems medicine (University of Helsinki). My PhD focuses on a wide range of different hematological malignancies and I am studying both germline and somatic genetics.

jessica.koski@helsinki.fi
02941 25557

Doctoral Researcher, MD

I am a PhD student. My PhD project focuses on the genetics of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs) including Essential Thrombocythemia (ET), Myelofibrosis (MF) and Polycythemia Vera (PV). I'm researching somatic and germline gene mutations which can cause and predispose to MPNs, and also how these genetic alterations may effect the clinical features of these diseases. 

atte.lahtinen@helsinki.fi
02941 25557

Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD

I am a PostDoc in the iCAN project, Outi Kilpivaara's and Ulla War­tiovaara-Kautto's Hematological Genetics lab,and Esa Pitkänen's Machine Learning in Biomedicine group. I received my PhD in computer science in the field of data mining (University of Helsinki) and my MSc and BSc in bioinformatics (Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany). My research focuses on understanding how leukemias arise from premalignant conditions utilizing single-cell sequencing data analysis methods amongst others.

 

Medical student

Elina Hirvonen, PhD