Post-doctoral fellow, PhD

During my postdoctoral research, I have established patient-derived three-dimensional ex vivo models (PDE), which represent the cell types present in the original head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC). PDE are used for drug testing, biomarker validation and molecular cancer studies. I am especially interested in the drug resistance and phenotypic plasticity of tumor cells.  More recently, I have applied the PDE to study gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), which is a rare mesenchymal tumor with limited availability of preclinical models. Lack of proper models hampers the development of effective therapy, particularly for tyrosine kinase inhibitor resistant GIST, and thus novel pre-clinical models are in great need.

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Post-doctoral fellow, PhD

I am studying PPFIA1 and ANO1 genes, encoding for liprin-α1 and anoctamin-1 proteins. These genes are located at the 11q13 region of the genome, which is commonly amplified in different cancers such as in head and neck cancer and breast cancer and is related to poor prognosis of the patients. I am exploring how liprin-α1 and anoctamin-1 proteins contribute to cancer progression and oncogenic signalling.

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PhD student, MSc

Focus of my studies is to investigate the involvement of promising molecular markers for drug response to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and PI3K/mTOR inhibitors, mainly in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Of particular interest is to study further the effect of ANO1 expression on resistance to EGFR-targeted therapy in patient-derived HNSCC cells and three-dimensional models. Additionally, I aim to understand the underlying mechanism of ANO1, as a cellular signalling activator and proliferation promoter. Goal is to provide molecular markers for prediction of drug response, as well as more efficient treatment for HNSCC.

Lab coordinator / Genome Profiling (FuGU), PhD

I am the lab coordinator for the Biomedicum Functional Genomics Unit (FuGU) which provides both microarray and Illumina-based Next Generation Sequencing for the scientific academic community in Helsinki and beyond. I am responsible for planning, managing and coordinating projects. In addition, I have over 10 years of research experience in fields as diverse as Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology and Microbiology.

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Bioinformatician (FuGU), MSc

Working as a computational biologist I'm tasked with managing and analyzing the genomics data produced at Biomedicum Functional Genomics Unit (FuGU). A part of that I advice our users in experiment design of the projects. I'm also responsible in maintaining FuGU's hardware and required software and I take part on the bioinformatics teaching on the campus.

Lab manager, NGS and microarrays (FuGU), Lab technician

My work in FuGU contain next-generation sequencing and microarray related laboratory tasks like quality control measurements and preparation of libraries using Illumina NextSeq and MiSeq equipment and a number of different sequencing library preparation protocols. I have long experience in NGS and I am always keen on expanding my expertise to novel applications related to NGS and other genomics technologies.

Biochemist, NGS service expert (FuGU), MSc

My focus is in next-generation sequencing and other genomics technologies including sample processing, preparation of libraries for NGS and sequencing. I have long experience on molecular and cancer biology. I am interested in developing and implementing novel services and enjoy learning new genomics technologies.