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Laura
Kakkola
Laboratory Manager, Institute of Biomedicine
Docent, Institute of Biomedicine
Adjunct Professor, Bioturvapäällikkö/Biosafety Officer

Contact

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

Areas of expertise

virology
immunology
infection
zoonoses
biosafety

Biography

I am a researcher with the cell biologist's background 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 act as 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). I am a Laboratory Manager in the Research Center Infections and Immunity, I teach on university courses, supervise MSc and PhD students, and conduct independent research.

Teaching

I have taken the course on Medical pedagogics. 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 coronaviruses, influenza viruses, filoviruses and flaviviruses.

Publications

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Neutralizing antibodies after the third COVID-19 vaccination in healthcare workers with or without breakthrough infection (2024)

Communications medicine
Reinholm Arttu, Maljanen Sari, Jalkanen Pinja, Altan Eda, Tauriainen Sisko, Belik Milja, Skön Marika, Haveri Anu, Österlund Pamela, Iakubovskaia Alina, Pasternack Arja, Naves Rauno A., Ritvos Olli, Miettinen Simo, Häkkinen Hanni K., Ivaska Lauri, Tähtinen Paula A., Lempainen Johanna, Kantele Anu, Kakkola Laura, Julkunen Ilkka, Kolehmainen Pekka
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Coronavirus spike protein-specific antibodies indicate frequent infections and reinfections in infancy and among BNT162b2-vaccinated healthcare workers (2023)

Scientific Reports
Kolehmainen Pekka, Huttunen Moona, Iakubovskaia Alina, Maljanen Sari, Tauriainen Sisko, Yatkin Emrah, Pasternack Arja, Naves Rauno, Toivonen Laura, Tähtinen Paula A, Ivaska Lauri, Lempainen Johanna, Peltola Ville, Waris Matti, Kakkola Laura, Ritvos Olli, Julkunen Ilkka
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Image-based and machine learning-guided multiplexed serology test for SARS-CoV-2 (2023)

Pietiäinen Vilja, Polso Minttu, Migh Ede, Guckelsberger Christian, Harmati Maria, Diosdi Akos, Turunen Laura, Hassinen Antti, Potdar Swapnil, Koponen Annika, Sebestyen Edina Gyukity, Kovacs Ferenc, Kriston Andras, Hollandi Reka, Burian Katalin, Terhes Gabriella, Visnyovszki Adam, Fodor Eszter, Lacza Zsombor, Kantele Anu, Kolehmainen Pekka, Kakkola Laura, Strandin Tomas, Levanov Lev, Kallioniemi Olli, Kemeny Lajos, Julkunen Ilkka, Vapalahti Olli, Buzas Krisztina, Paavolainen Lassi, Horvath Peter, Hepojoki Jussi
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))