Areas of expertise
My current position as a University teacher at the Institute of Biomedicine, Faculty of Medicine, Univ. of Turku includes both teaching and research. My research interests include stem cells, bone cell biology and translational studies in regenerative medicine. As part of my profession, I'm also promoting entrepreneurial education and sustainable development in education.
Professionally, my goals are to contribute to human health by providing new scientific knowledge as well as to educate, supervise and tutor undergraduate and graduate students on their way to becoming experts in medicine and biomedical sciences.
My research focuses on elucidating the role of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) in bone and vascular biology. We are especially interested in interactions between MSC and endothelial precursors and their potential applications in regenerative medicine. We use mainly in vitro cell cultures of human bone marrow derived primary MSCs and peripheral blood derived cells (MNC) but also use clinically relevant patient material. In summary, our research provides important novel data on cellular interactions and crucial molecular players in angiogenesis and osteogenesis. This contributes to the development of better regenerative medicine applications when aiming to enhance bone and soft tissue healing.