Areas of expertise
- Cell biology and histology for students in Biomedicine (Bachelor’s Degree Programme) and for the first year medical students, particularly for students selected for a 2-year Research Track in Molecular Medicine. Textbooks we use are: Alberts et al. Essential Cell Biology, Alberts et al. Molecular BIology of the Cell, Young et al. Wheater's Functional Histology.
- Laboratory courses of methods in cell biology, including cell culture techniqes.
- Mentoring biomedicine students during the 3-yr degree programme, and participating actively in the planning of the curriculum.
Bone and energy metabolism
Bone is not only a structural organ but interacts with other cells in the bone marrow microenvironment and also exerts endocrine functions. Our reserach group is interested in the crosstalk between bone metabolism and energy metabolism.
Our current research interests include the role of bone-derived hormones, or osteokines, in local and whole body energy metabolism, and the interactions between bone cells and bone marrow adipocytes in bone microenvironment. We are also interested in the effects of type 2 diabetes on bone metabolism and bone metabolic markers. One of the markers is osteocalcin, which could provide a possible molecular link between bone and energy metabolism in humans. Our long term goal is to understand how changes in energy metabolism affect bone cells, bone-derived hormones, bone turnover and bone microenvironment. We use cell culture and cell-based methods and human samples obtained from clinical collaborators.
Group members: Milja Arponen (PhD student), Nicko Widjaja (undergraduate student), Sana Rais (undergraduate student), Niki Jalava (project researcher), Ronja Ojala (PhD student, Turku PET Centre)
Funding: Academy of Finland, The Diabetes Research Foundation, Päivikki and Sakari Sohlberg Foundation