Principal investigator, M.D., Ph.D., Academy Professor

Biomedicum 1, Haartmaninkatu 8, 00290 Helsinki

+358-9-471 71965 

anu.wartiovaara [at]

Senior Researcher, Adjunct Professor, Ph.D.
gulayse.dunn [at]

Gulayse received her Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2007 where she studied transcription factor regulation of cerebral cortex development. She later carried out postdoctoral research at the Rockefeller University investigating how RNA-binding proteins control neuron-specific alternative splicing in the cortex. Gulayse later joined Koc University as an Assistant Professor and founding faculty to establish a new Molecular Biology and Genetics Department.

In 2017 she joined the Suomalainen-Wartiovaara group to investigate the role of glia in mitochondrial mouse models of neurodegeneration. Gulayse aims to understand the role of mitochondrial metabolism of retina glia in maintaining retinal physiology and visual function and how this knowledge can be leveraged to develop therapies for metabolic eye diseases, such as some forms of hereditary optic neuropathies, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Adjunct Professor, Ph.D.
liliya.euro [at]

Postdoctoral Researcher, Adjunct Professor, M.D., Ph.D.
pirjo.isohanni [at]

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
maxim.bespalov [at]

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
saara.forsstrom [at]

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
essi.havula [at]

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
yilin.kang [at]

Academy Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
nahid.khan [at]

Researcher Bioinformatician, Ph.D.
tonu.margus [at]

Postdoctoral Researcher, M.D., Ph.D.
sanna.matilainen [at]

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
takayuki.mito [at]

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
catalina.vasilescu [at]

Ph.D., Project planner
jana.buzkova [at]

Ph.D. student, M.D.
juho.aaltio [at]

A recently graduated M.D. with a special interest in economics. Juho studies the cost-effectiveness of whole-exome sequencing in pediatric neurology patients, mainly analyzing results from the Academy-funded Neurogenomics Finland project.

M.Sc., Ph.D student
olesia.ignatenko [at]

M.Sc., Ph.D student
anastasiia.marmyleva [at]

M.Sc., Ph.D student
juan.landoni [at]

MD, Ph.D student
risto.pohjolan-pirhonen [at]

Ph.D. student, M.Sc.
swagat.pradhan [at]

Swagat received his Master’s degree in Biology from UM-DAE CBS, Mumbai, India in 2017. His Master’s thesis was in Anu Suomalainen-Wartiovaara’s lab where he studied mitochondrial integrated stress response by impairing mitochondrial function in cells using a mitochondrial translation inhibitor actinonin. 

He joined Anu-Suomalainen Wartiovaara’s lab in the end of 2017 as a research assistant and enrolled as a doctoral student in 2019. His primary research focus currently is to understand the mechanism of disease pathogenesis in mitochondrial dysfunction cell and mouse models. His major aim is to study glucose metabolism and signaling in skeletal muscle of a mitochondrial myopathy mouse model. 

He is interested in learning science communication and public speaking skills outside the lab. To hone these skills he is an active member of a public speaking club called Toastmasters in Helsinki.

MD, M.Sc., Ph.D student
sofiia.rybas [at]

MD, Ph.D student
rohit.verma [at]

topi.hovinen [at]

anna.kuukasjarvi [at]

tuomas.laalo [at]

satu.malinen [at]

lilli.pihlajamaki [at]

pieti.pallijeff [at]

sara-sofia.sahlman [at]

Medical Laboratory Technologist
markus.innila [at]

Laboratory Technician, M.Sc.
sonja.jansson [at]

Senior Medical Laboratory Technologist
tuula.manninen [at]

Project Coordinator
kaisa.a.sarkkinen [at]

Li Ma, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D.
Babette Hollmann, Project coordinator
Christopher Jackson, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Samuli Kääriä, student
Maija Komonen, project coordinator
Kirsi Mattinen, laboratory coordinator
Hanna Haltia, student
Riikka Äänismaa, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Virginia Brilhante, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Simo Ojanen, student
Harri Hokkanen, student
Helena Hinterding, M.Sc.
Henriikka Vekuri, M.Sc.
Jenni Lehtonen, Ph.D.
Joni Nikkanen, Ph.D.
Christopher Carroll, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Gabrielle Capin, visiting student
Mervi Kuronen, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Iida-Marja Kleine, master student
Risto Lapatto, M.D., Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Eino Palin, M.D., Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Anna Hakonen, M.D., Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Mari Auranen, M.D., Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Sini Pirnes-Karhu, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Anu Harju, Medical Laboratory Technologist
Mügen Terzioglu, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Ilse Paetau, M.Sc., project coordinator
Sanna Toivonen, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Kati Ahlqvist, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Dmitri Shilov, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher
Eija Pirinen, Ph.D., Academy Research Fellow
Riikka Martikainen, Ph.D., Academy Research Fellow
Sofia Ahola, Ph.D.
Lotta Pasila, Student
Nagabhooshan Hegde, Graduate student
Antti Muranen, Project coordinator
Ana Latorre Pellicer, Visiting scientist
Hanna Koivumäki, Medical Laboratory Technologist
Alexandra Götz, Ph.D.
Rosanna Pöyhönen, M.Sc.
Valtteri Tulkki, Undergraduate student
Shuichi Yatsuga, M.D., Ph.D., postdoc
Silja Heiskanen, M.D.
Henna Tyynismaa, Ph.D., postdoc researcher
Minna Teerijoki, Undergraduate student
Emil Ylikallio, M.D., Ph.D.
Jonna Jalanka-Tuovinen
Milla Lampinen, Ph.D.
Petri Luoma, Ph.D., postdoc
Katja Mjøsund, Ph.D.
Nuno Raimundo, Ph.D., postdoc
Heini Ruhanen, UCL London
Esmaeil Kamali
Pieter Almgren, Lab technician student
Annamari Lesonen, M.Sc.
Marko Uutela, Ph.D., postdoc
Duygu Keser, Ph.D. student
Sanna Marjavaara, Ph.D., post-doc
Juho Kuula, Medical student