Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral researcher in Katja Kanninen group at the A I Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences since June 2018.

Key research interests include role of environmental factors in neurodegeneration, patient-derived stem cell models, mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegeneration.

Technical expertise includes in vitro models, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, transcriptomic analysis, immunocytochemistry, molecular biology, gene modulation, tissue processing.

Contact info


Faculty of Health Sciences, A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences






Teaching Activities

Have taught at the following courses:
International Postgraduate Course on Air Pollution and the Brain (June 2019)
Postgraduate Course on Disease Models of Neurodegeneration (February 2020)

Societal Activities

Scientific presentations to date

Joint Meeting of Finnish Developmental Biology Society & Stem Cell Network 26-27 October 2018 Poster presentation
Keystone Symposium: Mitochondria in Aging and Age-related Disease 13-17 January 2019 Oral + poster presentation
UEF Research day 2019-Health and environment 14 February 2019 Oral presentation- pitch talk
Finnish Society of Toxicology: 40th Annual meeting and Symposium 13-14 May 2019 Oral presentation
Air Pollution and the Brain Course 18-19 June 2019 Oral presentation

Research groups and research projects

Research group- https://www3.uef.fi/en/web/aivi/katja-kanninen-group

Current engaged projects
1) TUBE- https://tube-project.eu/
2) ADAIR- https://adair-jpnd.eu/
3) Investigation of susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 viral entry in human olfactory mucosal cells