Stem cells and mitochondria //

Group members

PI: Riikka Martikainen (Hämäläinen)
PhD, Academy Research Fellow

Sanna Ryytty, BSc
Toni Juntunen, BSc

Riikka Martikainen (Hämäläinen) Details

PhD, Academy Research Fellow
University of Eastern Finland
Department of Neurobiology
A.I.Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences
P.O.Box 1627 (Neulaniementie 2)
FI-70211 Kuopio, FINLAND

Room 3122/Bioteknia 1
Phone + 358 (0)50 5999538
E-mail: riikka.martikainen(at)

Major research interests

  • mitochondrial disease and stem cells energetics
  • molecular mechanisms underlying mitochondrial disease, with focus on neural and cardiac models
  • mitochondrial function and energy metabolism of stem cells in normal and pathological conditions

Academic degrees

  • PhD in Molecular Medicine, University of Helsinki 2006
  • MSc in Biochemistry, University of Helsinki 1998


  • 2015 - Academy Research Fellow, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
  • 2010-2014 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2007-2010 Post-doctoral Fellow, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Toronto, Canada
  • 1998-2006 PhD student, University of Helsinki and Folkhälsan Research Center