Cardiovascular genomics //

Group Leader Minna Kaikkonen-Määttä
PhD, Associate Professor

Group members

Henri Niskanen, MSc, Doctoral student
Oscar Liu, MSc, Doctoral student
Ilakya Selvarajan, MSc, Doctoral student
Pierre Moreau, MSc, Doctoral student
Vanesa Tomas Bosch, MSc, Project scientist

Co-supervision of PhD students from other research groups

Nicholas Downes (Seppo Ylä-Herttuala), MSc, Doctoral student
Durga Thota (Seppo Ylä-Herttuala), MSc, Doctoral student
Ana Hernández de Sande (Merja Heinäniemi), MSc, Doctoral student
Maykel López Rodriquez (Markku Laakso), MSc, Doctoral student

Minna Kaikkonen-Määttä Details

PhD, Associate Professor
University of Eastern Finland
Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine
A.I.Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences
P.O.Box 1627 (Neulaniementie 2)
FIN-70211 Kuopio, FINLAND

Room 4463/Bioteknia 2
Work phone + 358 (0)40 355 2413
E-mail: minna.kaikkonen(at)

Academic degrees

  • 2014 Docent in Molecular Medicine, University of Eastern Finland
  • PhD in Molecular Medicine, thesis: "Engineering Baculo- and Lentiviral Vectors for Enhanced and Targeted Gene Delivery", University of Kuopio 2008
  • MSc in Molecular Biology, thesis: "Production and Characterization of Avidin-VSVG Displaying Baculovirus", University of Jyväskylä 2005


  • 2015- : Academy Research Fellow, University of Eastern Finland
  • 2011-2015 :Post-doctoral researcher, University of Eastern Finland
  • 2009-2011: Post-doctoral fellow, Christopher Glass Lab, University of California San Diego,USA,
  • 2008-2009: Senior research scientist at Ark Therapeutics Ltd and Post-doc at University of Kuopio
  • 2004-2008: Research scientist at Ark Therapeutics Ltd and PhD student at University of Kuopio.