Research profiles

Dr Nikolina Sekulic (who has brown short hair and wears a black top), Dr Ganna Reint (who has long blonde hair and wears a white shirt) and NCMM Group Leader Dr Emma Haapaniemi (who has short blonde hair and wears a patterned top) on Ganna's disputation day
Published May 31, 2022 10:29 AM

Dr Ganna Reint recently completed her PhD in the Haapeniemi group at NCMM. The main goal of Ganna’s PhD project was to further develop the CRISPR Cas9 gene editing method to improve and make it more efficient in achieving precise editing.

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Published Dec. 20, 2021 2:23 PM

Dr. Karolina Spustova recently completed her PhD in the Gözen group at NCMM. Karolina’s project aimed to understand how life evolved on the early Earth from primitive cells to complex systems. 

Nancy Saana Banono at her trial lecture
Published Oct. 11, 2021 11:38 AM

Dr. Nancy Saana Banono completed her PhD in the Esguerra group at NCMM. Nancy’s project examined two different genes and their contributions to the development of neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Published May 7, 2020 1:55 PM

Dr Judith Staerk joined NCMM as a group leader in 2012. Her research focuses on stem cell biology, hematopoietic stem cells and myelodysplastic and myeloproliferative syndromes. 

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Published Feb. 13, 2020 7:39 PM

Dr Nikolina Sekulic joined NCMM in 2016. Her main research aim is to better understand the molecular mechanisms that assure genomic stability during cell division. In this profile article, Dr Sekulic discusses her group's current research strategies, her career background, and the day-to-day motivations driving her to make new discoveries.

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Published Dec. 19, 2019 1:08 PM

Dr Sandra Lopez-Aviles joined NCMM in 2011. Her research focusses on understanding the mechanisms controlling cell cycle progression. In this profile article, Dr Lopez-Aviles discusses her group's current focus on the role of protein phosphatases in cell cycle regulation, as well as the potential translational impact of this work.

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Published Sep. 20, 2019 3:16 PM

Dr Camila Esguerra joined NCMM in 2014. Her research involves using zebrafish as a model to study brain function in health and disease. In this profile article, Camila discusses her research career so far, the benefits of using zebrafish in translational research, and her visions and plans for the future.

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Published Apr. 8, 2019 10:56 AM

Dr Emma Haapaniemi joined NCMM as a group leader in January 2019. Her research programme at NCMM will focus on rare immune diseases caused by genetics and rare acquired autoimmune diseases.

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Published Feb. 12, 2019 3:28 PM

Professor Janna Saarela joined NCMM as Director in January 2019. She was previously head of the Technology Centre and Deputy Director of the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), which is also part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership. Here she shares some insight into her research, and what she hopes the future holds for NCMM. 

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Published June 6, 2017 4:33 PM

The Autophagy Team at NCMM studies processes that lead to intracellular degradation of cytoplasm, collectively referred to as autophagy, or 'self eating'. The team is particularly interested in the role of autophagy in aspects relating to cancer.

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Published Mar. 2, 2017 10:35 AM

Anthony Mathelier's group aims to develop novel bioinformatics tools to aid patient care  - We want to create the next generation of cutting-edge algorithms and open computational biology software which have immediate application to real-life biological problems, Mathelier says.

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Published Dec. 29, 2016 1:34 PM

The new group leader at NCMM is one of the few in the world within the research theme of surface-adhered artificial cells. - I am trying to understand what is not driven by its genetic machinery but mostly by the materials properties, Gözen says.