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PI: Minna U. Kaikkonen-Määttä

PhD, Adjunct Professor

PhD Students

  • Henri Niskanen, MSc: Seq-ing deep into the mechanisms of atherogenesis
  • Oscar Liu, MSc: Epigenetic gene regulation in angiogenesis
  • Pierre Moreau, MSc: Identification of vascular enhancers responsible for cell-type specific gene expression
  • Nicholas Downes, MSc: Characterization of novel hypoxia-regulated non-coding RNAs
  • Durga Thota, MSc: Molecular mechanisms of myocardial ischemia

Undergraduate Students

  • Vanesa Tomas: Utilizing CRISPR/Cas9 genomic engineering technology to modulate gene expression
  • Kati Lappalainen: Characterization of vascular enhancers in GWAS loci

Minna U. Kaikkonen-Määttä Details

PhD, Adjunct 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)uef.fi

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

Positions

  • 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, http://cmm.ucsd.edu/glass/glasslab/
  • 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.