People

The happy and bright group consists of people from varied educational backgrounds, ranging from biologists and pharmacists to medical doctors and beyond.

All emails are firstname.lastname@helsinki.fi with Scandinavian alphabets changed into their non-umlaut variants, unless otherwise stated. If in doubt on who to contact, please address the group leader, professor Esa Korpi.

MD, PhD, professor of pharmacology, group leader

Esa has published over 270 original articles and reviews in the fields of neuropsychopharmacology, biomedical alcohol research, neurobiology of addiction and brain diseases.

PhD (Pharm), Title of docent, University lecturer 

An expert on mouse behavioral pharmacology, Anni-Maija is a valuable asset to everyone in the group needing help in behavioural experiment design and transgenic mouse colony maintenance.

She is also a principal investigator herself, currently mainly interested in metabotrobic glutamate receptors, and neuroinflammation in reward.

PhD (physiology), Doctoral researcher

Elina is working on subtyping the VTA GABA neurons using a variety of electrophysiological techniques and patch-seq method to sample for single-cell RNA-sequence.

MSc in Pharmacy, Doctoral researcher

Lauri started in the lab by working on his master's thesis on chemogenetic modulation of behaviour using somatostatin-Cre mice in 2016. Now, in his PhD project he studies the effects of serotonergic hallucinogens, or psychedelics, on addiction-related behavioural phenotypes.

MD, Doctoral researcher
(né Siivonen)

Advancing his doctoral thesis along his clinical medical work, Milo's research concentrates on stimulant and alcohol effects in rodent models.

MSc (Translational medicine), Doctoral researcher

With a background in translational medicine and skilled in several neuroscientific techniques, Annika joined the lab in early 2020 to work with the midbrain neuron characterisation project. Currently, her own PhD project focuses on GABAA receptor modulation and drug responses.

BSc, Neuroscience student, Research assistant

Emma came to the lab to work on her master's thesis together with Lauri. Her project concentrated on the acute effects of LSD and voluntary positive reinforcer self-adminstration. She now continues in the lab as a reserch assistant, carrying on further studies with LSD.

BSc, Translational medicine student

Starting as an intern, Jani continued in the lab in order to work on his master's thesis together with Annika. His project concentrates in the intersectino of serotonin, neuropathic pain, and chloride homeostasis.

BSc student, Research intern

A student in Molecular Biosciences, Ksenia joined the lab for an student internship and currently works on different tissue techniques together with Elina.

Bachelor of Health Care, Biomedical laboratory scientist

Substituting Heidi during her maternity leave, Pirjo is an experienced medical laboratory technologist with wide expertise in life science and biomedical techniques.  

Research technician
On maternity and parental leave from November 2019.

Heidi is proficient in several critical laboratory techniques needed in Korpi lab, taking care of, among other things, perfusing brains, cutting brain sections, performing immunohistochemical and in situ hybridization experiments, counting the cell numbers, assisting in phenotyping of model systems and genotyping the mouse lines.

Doctoral students

Milica Maksimovic 
Defended her thesis on mouse models for psychotic disorders in 2015, currently a Regulatory/Pharmacological Expert at DRA Consulting.
Bjørnar den Hollander 
Defended his thesis on novel amphetamine-type stimulants in 2015 and is currently a Principal Medical Writer at Cello Health.
Kati Hellsten (née Saarelainen)
Defended her thesis on benzodiazepine-sensitive GABAA receptors in 2015.
Elena de Miguel (née Vashchinkina)
Defended her thesis on tonic GABAergic inhibition in 2013, currently the Associate Director of Histology and Imaging at uniQure
Teemu Aitta-aho 
Defended his thesis on AMPA-type glutamate receptors in 2012, currently a university lecturer and a group leader at the University of Helsinki.
Anne Panhelainen
Defended her thesis on the interplay of the mesolimbic dopamine system and benzodiazepines in 2012, currently a Clinical Process Manager at Sooma Medical.
Elli Leppä 
Defended her thesis on parvalbumin-expressing GABA neurons in 2011, currently a Development Pharmacist at Pharmaceutical Information Centre.
Tommi Möykkynen 
Defended his thesis on ethanol and AMPA-type glutamate receptors in 2009, currently a senior researhcer at the University of Helsinki.
Saku Sinkkonen 
Defended his thesis on the extrasynaptic GABAA receptors in 2005, currently an otology specialist at Helsinki University Hospital.

Postdocs and visiting researchers

Mikhail Dron, visiting researcher, EDUFI research fellow 2020
Currently a junior researcher at I.M. Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry.

Master's and medical students, research interns

Essi Törrönen, master's student (Neuroscience) 2020 Thesis
Juliana Harkki, master's student (Translational medicine) 2019-2020 Thesis
Nuppu Korhonen, medical student 2019-2020
Alvar Martti, medical student 2019 Thesis
Elina Hynninen, medical student 2018-2020 Thesis
Ulla Rahijärvi, master's student (Drug Discovery and Development, Uni. Turku)  2017-2018  Thesis
Aleksi Olkkola, medical student, research rotation 2017 
Mikko Forss, medical student, research intern 2016-2017