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Pekka
Taimen
Assistant Professor, Institute of Biomedicine
MD, PhD

Contact

+358 29 450 4524
+358 50 431 1353
Kiinamyllynkatu 10
20520
Turku

Areas of expertise

pathology
histology
cell biology
prostate cancer

Biography

Pekka Taimen received his MD degree from the University of Turku in 2001 and defended his thesis at the Department of Pathology, University of Turku in 2004. In 2008-2009 PT worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Robert D. Goldman, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago. Postdoctoral studies focusing on nuclear intermediate filament proteins called lamins were further continued as a junior group leader after returning back to Turku in early 2010. In 2011 PT received a specialist degree in Pathology and since then he has worked as a part-time specialist in the Pathology Division, Turku University Hospital with special focus on uropathology. From 2012 PT has worked as a Clinical lecturer in Pathology and for 2015-2019 as a part-time Academy of Finland Clinical Researcher. In late 2018 PT was appointed as a tenure track Assistant Professor of Molecular Pathology.

Teaching

Pekka Taimen has more than 10 years of experience in teaching medical students at the Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku. He has served first as a university teacher and from 2012 as a clinical lecturer. In 2015 PT received the Lecturer of the Year award in the Faculty of Medicine.

Research

Assistant Professor Pekka Taimen has 20 years of experience in cell and molecular biology as well as in translational research. The main focus of his research group is on human diseases caused by lamin mutations, such as cardiomyopathies and premature aging syndrome. More recently, PT has also actively worked on prostate and bladder cancer related projects including novel biomarkers, biobanking, patient derived cell lines and improved imaging techniques utilizing digital pathology and machine learning approaches.

Publications

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SORLA regulates endosomal trafficking and oncogenic fitness of HER2 (2019)

Nature Communications
Mika Pietilä, Pranshu Sahgal, Emilia Peuhu, Niklas Z. Jäntti, Ilkka Paatero, Elisa Närvä, Hussein Al-Akhrass, Johanna Lilja, Maria Georgiadou, Olav M. Andersen, Artur Padzik, Harri Sihto, Heikki Joensuu, Matias Blomqvist, Irena Saarinen, Peter. J. Boström, Pekka Taimen, Johanna Ivaska
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)

Validation of IMPROD biparametric MRI in men with clinically suspected prostate cancer: A prospective multi-institutional trial (2019)

PLoS Medicine
Ivan Jambor, Janne Verho, Otto Ettala, Juha Knaapila, Pekka Taimen, Kari T. Syvänen, Aida Kiviniemi, Esa Kähkönen, Ileana Montoya Perez, Marjo Seppänen, Antti Rannikko, Outi Oksanen, Jarno Riikonen, Sanna Mari Vimpeli, Tommi Kauko, Harri Merisaari, Markku Kallajoki, Tuomas Mirtti, Tarja Lamminen, Jani Saunavaara, Hannu J. Aronen, Peter J. Boström
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)