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Laura
Kakkola
Adjunct Professor, Institute of Biomedicine
Laboratory Manager, Institute of Biomedicine
Adjunct Professor

Contact

+358 29 450 4555
+358 46 921 4211
Kiinamyllynkatu 10
20520
Turku

Areas of expertise

virus
virology
immunology
infection

Biography

Cell biologist interested in intra-cellular events on infection, immunological responses (innate and adaptive), effect of host genetics in infectious diseases, and viruses' counteractions on these - including emerging pathogens, virus surveillance and diagnostics. I am a Biosafety Officer at the Institute of Biomedicine and my responsibilities are to coordinate, supervise and educate laboratory work with infectious pathogens (viruses and bacteria) and to supervise the handling of hazardous waste. I am also a researcher and I teach on university courses, supervise MSc and PhD students, and conduct independent research.

Teaching

I have taken the course on Medical pedagogics (University of Turku, 10 credits). I am co-supervising MSc and PhD students, and am a member of thesis committees for PhD students. I have given lectures and taught on laboratory courses at the university level.

Research

My research interests are on virus-host interactions, how viruses interfere with immune responses, and could these events be utilized in vaccine, antiviral drug or diagnostic test development. At the moment I am working with influenza viruses, filoviruses, flaviviruses and RS-virus.

Publications

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Novel activities of safe-in-human broad-spectrum antiviral agents (2018)

Antiviral Research
Aleksandr Ianevski, Eva Zusinaite, Suvi Kuivanen, Mårten Strand, Hilde Lysvand, Mona Teppor, Laura Kakkola, Henrik Paavilainen, Mira Laajala, Hannimari Kallio-Kokko, Miia Valkonen, Anu Kantele, Kaidi Telling, Irja Lutsar, Pille Letjuka, Natalja Metelitsa, Valentyn Oksenych, Magnar Bjørås, Svein Arne Nordbø, Uga Dumpis, Astra Vitkauskiene, Christina Öhrmalm, Kåre Bondeson, Anders Bergqvist, Tero Aittokallio, Rebecca J. Cox, Magnus Evander, Veijo Hukkanen, Varpu Marjomaki, Ilkka Julkunen, Olli Vapalahti, Tanel Tenson, Andres Merits, Denis Kainov
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Antiviral properties of chemical inhibitors of cellular anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins (2017)

Viruses
Daria Bulanova, Aleksandr Ianevski, Andrii Bugai, Yevhen Akimov, Suvi Kuivanen, Henrik Paavilainen, Laura Kakkola, Jatin Nandania, Laura Turunen, Tiina Ohman, Hanna Ala-Hongisto, Hanna M. Pesonen, Marika S. Kuisma, Anni Honkimaa, Emma L. Walton, Valentyn Oksenych, Martina B. Lorey, Dmitry Guschin, Jungmin Shim, Jinhee Kim, Thoa T. Than, So Young Chang, Veijo Hukkanen, Evgeny Kulesskiy, Varpu S. Marjomaki, Ilkka Julkunen, Tuula A. Nyman, Sampsa Matikainen, Jani S. Saarela, Famara Sane, Didier Hober, Gülsah Gabriel, Jef K. De Brabander, Miika Martikainen, Marc P. Windisch, Ji-Young Min, Roberto Bruzzone, Tero Aittokallio, Markus Vähä-Koskela, Olli Vapalahti, Arto Pulk, Vidya Velagapudi, Denis E. Kainov
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)