Welcome: New researchers at NCMM

A warm welcome to the three new researchers who joined NCMM in October and November 2020.

Johanna Marianna Lehtonen, PhD student, Saarela group

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Johanna Marianna Lehtonen. Photo: FIMM

Johanna joined NCMM as a PhD student in November 2020. Johanna graduated from the University of Helsinki in 2017 with a Master's degree in Human Genetics and continued her doctoral studies in Helsinki at the Wallgren-Pettersson/Pelin lab at the Folkhälsan Research Center and Saarela lab at FIMM. She has expertise in analyzing high-throughput sequencing data, and her PhD projects focus is on rare disease genetics.


Romana Tabita Pop, PhD student, Kuijjer group

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Romana Tabita Pop

Romana joined the Kuijjer group as a PhD student in November 2020. Romana received a bachelor's degree in Genetics from the University of Essex in 2019. Following that, she remained at Essex for her master's degree. Here, she investigated the chromatin accessibility preference of transcription factors in human cell lines. She will now be working with the Kuijjer group on integrating gene regulatory networks with other types of data in cancers.


Nail Fatkhutdinov, postdoc, Haapaniemi group

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Dr Nail Fatkhutdinov.

Nail joined the Haapaniemi group as a postdoc in October 2020. He has a master’s and PhD from the Kazan Federal University, Russia, and doctoral training from the Rugang Zhang lab at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, USA. Here, he investigated the epigenetic regulation of gene expression in the context of ovarian clear cell cancer in order to develop novel therapeutic strategies. He will now work on developing CRISPR systems to correct various mutations in monogenic blood diseases that currently don’t have adequate therapies.


Published Nov. 27, 2020 3:03 PM - Last modified Mar. 23, 2021 1:20 AM