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Adjunct Professor, Institute of Biomedicine
University Teacher, Institute of Biomedicine
PhD, Adjunct professor (docent)


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Areas of expertise

cell biology
stem cells
fracture healing


I got my PhD degree in Cell Biology in 2005 at the Department of Anatomy, Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku. After my post-doctoral training (Pediatric Endocrinology Unit, Department of Women and Child Health, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden) I returned to my home university and have been working here since 2008.
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.


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WNT1 Mutations in Early-Onset Osteoporosis and Osteogenesis Imperfecta (2013)

New England Journal of Medicine
Laine CM, Joeng KS, Campeau PM, Kiviranta R, Tarkkonen K, Grover M, Lu JT, Pekkinen M, Wessman M, Heino TJ, Nieminen-Pihala V, Aronen M, Laine T, Kroger H, Cole WG, Lehesjoki AE, Nevarez L, Krakow D, Curry CJR, Cohn DH, Gibbs RA, Lee BH, Makitie O
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