I am interested in everything related to nervous system structure and function, development and cellular diversity.

Kaia has studied transgenic technologies, developmental biology and neuroscience.  She completed PhD in Physiology and Neuroscience in the University of Helsinki at 2010, followed by postdoctoral research in evolutionary developmental biology in EMBL Heidelberg, Germany and and computational biology in EMBL-EBI in UK. She established her lab in the University of Helsinki at 2018.

Senior Researcher

Sami has an interdisciplinary research background, spanning from the natural , biomedical and medical sciences to informatics. He has master’s degree from biological sciences with additional studies in other natural sciences, and a long lasting interest in both learning and teaching bioinformatics. Sami completed PhD degree in Helsinki University Medical faculty at 2010. The PhD thesis research focused on integrative studies of human transcriptome across hundreds of healthy and malignant human tissues, and also led to formation of bioinformatics company MediSapiens Ltd. Before joining the Interneuron Development lab, Sami led the MediSapiens company for 10 years, first as CSO and then CEO.

Currently, after the 10 years of industry post-doc period in heavily applied bioinformatics, he has shifted interest towards basic research in biological sciences and is filling our ever growing need of data analytics. His current work involves computational integration of multiple single-cell sequencing datatypes to model transcriptional regulation of neuronal development.


Yes, we are hiring! Applications are welcome from talented students and postdocs, with experience and/or interest in molecular genetics, -omics and computational biology.

To apply, please send a short expression of interest and your CV to kaia.achim[at]helsinki.fi

Achim lab meetings:  Spring 2022

Seminar room 3405,  12:30

21.02.              Kaia

28.02.              Sami

07.03.              general matters

14.03.              cancelled

16.03.              Partanen and Achim labs retreat (3405, 9:00 – 16:00)

21.03.              Literature on cell type characterisation

11.04.              Heidi

18.04.              no lab meeting (Easter)

25.04.              Silvana

02.05.              Juan

09.05.              Lassi

17.05.              Kaia

23.05.              Sami

30.05               Heidi

06.06.              Silvana

13.06.              Juan