Lab members



Cecilia Sahlgren, Head of the Lab

Cecilia Sahlgren, Docent in Cell and Developmental Biology

Position: Principal investigator (ÅAU and TU/e), Professor of Cell Biology (ÅAU), Professor in Biomedical Engineering (TU/e)


Kati Kemppainen, PhD

Kati Kemppainen, PhD in Cell Biology

Position: Project coordinator (ÅAU)

Project: Interplay of ECM stiffness, estrogen and Notch in breast cancer


Elenaé Vázquez-Ulloa, PhD

Elenaé Vázquez-Ulloa, PhD in Biochemical Science

Position: Post-doctoral researcher (ÅAU)

Project: Jagged interactions in neuroendocrine cancer

Ezgi Özliseli, MSc in Biomedical Imaging

Ezgi Özliseli, MSc in Biomedical Imaging

Position: PhD student (ÅAU; co-supervised together with Professor Jessica Rosenholm)

Project: 3D printed bioactive scaffolds integrated with cell-directed delivery of Notch inhibitor for muscle tissue engineering


Rasmus Niemi, MSc in Cell biology

Rasmus Niemi, MSc in Cell Biology

Position: PhD student (ÅAU)

Project: Probing the tumour microenvironment


Freddy Suarez-Rodriguez, MSc

Freddy Suarez-Rodriguez, MSc in Biology

Position: PhD student (ÅAU)

Project: Notch signalling in the vasculature


Marjaana Parikainen, MSc

Marjaana Parikainen, MSc in Biochemistry

Position: PhD student (ÅAU; co-supervised together with Professor Jyrki Heino, UTU)

Project: Roles of Jagged and alpha2beta1-integrin in breast and prostate cancers


William Eccleshall, MSc

William Eccleshall, MSc in Drug Discovery and Development

Position: PhD student (UTU; co-supervised together with Adjunct professor Päivi Koskinen, UTU)

Project: PIM kinases and Notch receptors in breast cancer


Janine Grolleman

Janine Grolleman, MSc/Ir. in Biomedical Engineering

Position: PhD student (TU/e)

Project: Mechanical forces in sprouting angiogenesis


Sami Sanlidag, MSc biomedical imaging

Sami Sanlidag, MSc in Biomedical Imaging

Position: PhD student (ÅAU)

Project: Spatiotemporal control of Notch signaling


Amandine Schmit, MSc engineering and biotechnology

Amandine Schmit, MSc in Engineering and Biotechnology

Position: PhD student (ÅAU)

Project: Bioelectronic control of cell functions


Noora Virtanen, MSc

Noora Virtanen, MSc in Biochemistry

Position: PhD student (ÅAU)

Project: Mechanical regulation of Notch signaling in vascular development and homeostasis


Kai-Lan Lin, MSc

Kai-Lan Lin, MSc in Biomedical Imaging

Position: PhD student (ÅAU)

Project: Tools and technologies to study and control cell-cell signaling


Cansu Karakaya, MSc

Cansu Karakaya, MSc in Biomedical Science and Engineering

Position: PhD student (TU/e; co-supervised together with Associate professor Sandra Loerakker, TU/e)

Project: Mechanoregulation of Notch signaling for functionally organized engineered vessels

Alexandra Manea

Alexandra Manea, MSc in Drug Discovery and Development

Position: Research technician (ÅAU)

Project: Tumor and Lymph Node on Chip for cancer studies (ÅAU)


Diosangeles Soto Véliz

Diosángeles Soto Véliz, MSc in Chemical Engineering

Position: Research associate (ÅAU)

Project: Mechanics and inflammatory signalling in the endothelium


Elena Martinez-Klimova

Elena Martinez-Klimova, PhD in Synthetic Biology

Position: Post-doctoral researcher (ÅAU)

Project: Bioelectronic control of cell functions


Elmeri Kiviluoto

Elmeri Kiviluoto, MSc in Biomedical Imaging

Position: Research assistant (ÅAU)


Erica Långbacka

Erica Långbacka, BSc in Cell and Molecular Bioscience

Position: Research assistant (ÅAU)


Alumni:

PhD students

  • Laura Tiemeijer (2022, ÅAU), next step: pharmaceutical specialist at Organon, the Netherlands
  • Valeriy Paramonov (2021, UTU), next step: postdoctoral researcher at Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Nicole van Engeland (2021, ÅAU), next step: system test engineer at ASML, the Netherlands
  • Daniel Antfolk (2020, ÅAU), next step: postdoctoral researcher at Moffitt Cancer Center, USA
  • Christian Antila (2020, ÅAU), next step: postdoctoral researcher at the Päivi Koskinen lab, University of Turku, Finland
  • Jelle Sleebom (2020, TU/e), next step: postdoctoral researcher at the Jaap den Toonder lab, TU/e Mechanical Engineering, the Netherlands
  • Rob Driessen (2020, TU/e), next step: project manager at Mechanobiology Services Eindhoven (MS/e), the Netherlands
  • Arianna Mauretti (2018, TU/e), next step: junior researcher QC at Merck Group, Italy
  • Iris Lähdeniemi (2018, ÅAU, co-supervised with Diana Toivola), next step: postdoctoral researcher at Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), Finland
  • Sebastian Landor (2016, KI, co-supervised with Urban Lendahl), next step: postdoctoral researcher at Åbo Akademi University
  • Marika Sjöqvist (2015, ÅAU), next step: postdoctoral researcher at the Emma Andersson lab, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Anders Mutvei (2014, KI, co-supervised by Urban Lendahl), next step: postdoctoral researcher at the John Blenis lab at Weill Cornell Medicine / Harvard Medical School, USA; PI, Uppsala University, Sweden

Postdocs

  • Oscar Stassen, next step: postdoctoral researches at the Jaap den Toonder lab, TU/e, the Netherlands
  • Hetty Manenschijn
  • Sebastian Landor
  • Johanna Ahlskog, next step: senior scientist, Orion Corporation, Finland
  • Marika Sjöqvist, next step: design transfer specialist, Perkin Elmer, Finland
  • Tommaso Ristori, next step: postdoctoral researcher at the Christopher S. Chen lab, Boston University, USA; assistant professor, TU/e, the Netherlands
  • Jolanta Lundgren, next step: postdoctoral researcher at the Pirta Hotulainen lab, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Adolfo Rivero-Müller, next step: professor at Medical University of Lublin, Poland
  • Veronika Mamaeva, deceased with dignity 6.1.2018

MSc students, research technicians, research assistants

  • Valtteri Lempinen (ÅAU, 2022)
  • Emma Suhonen (ÅAU, 2021)
  • Sara Koivuluoma (ÅAU, 2021), next step: Precordior, Finland
  • Iris M.T. Pijnenburg (TU/e, 2021)
  • C. van den Bersselaar (TU/e, 2021)
  • D.D.J.I. Bakker (TU/e, 2021)
  • Linda Boekestijn (TU/e, 2021)
  • Jaakko Ahlberg (ÅAU, 2021), next step: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Finland
  • Iida-Maria Laiho (ÅAU, 2020-2022), next step: Orion Corporation, Finland
  • Lana Selhorst (TU/e, 2020)
  • T.N.E. Volleman (TU/e, 2020)
  • Sami Sanlidag (ÅAU, 2019), next step: PhD student at Cell Fate Lab, Finland
  • Jakob Storbacka (ÅAU, 2019), next step: chemistry and biology teacher, Finland
  • Janine Grolleman (TU/e, 2018), next step: PhD student at Cell Fate Lab, the Netherlands
  • R.A. Quiñonez Uribe (TU/e, 2016)
  • Jelle Sleeboom (TU/e, 2016), next step: PhD student at Cell Fate Lab, the Netherlands
  • Laura Tiemeijer (TU/e, 2016), next step: PhD student at Cell Fate Lab, the Netherlands
  • F.E. Nieuweboer (TU/e, 2016)
  • Rob Driessen (TU/e, 2015), next step: PhD student at Cell Fate Lab, the Netherlands
  • M.J.H. Vogel (TU/e, 2015)
  • B.C.A. Zwarthoed (TU/e, 2015)
  • G.J. Lancee (TU/e, 2014)
  • M.I. Verspoor (TU/e, 2014)

National and international collaborators:

  • Associate professor Emma R. Andersson, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Associate professor Kayla Bayless, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Dr. Katie Bentley, Francis Crick Institute, UK
  • Professor Carlijn Bouten, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Professor Christopher Chen, Boston University, USA
  • Assistant professor Vito Conte, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands and IBEC, Spain
  • Professor Patricia Dankers, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Professor Jaap den Toonder, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Professor John Eriksson, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
  • Professor Penny Handford, University of Oxford, UK
  • Professor Apostolos Klinakis, Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, Greece
  • Adjunct professor, Päivi Koskinen, University of Turku, Finland
  • Professor Rhett Kovall, University of Cincinnati, USA
  • Professor Urban Lendahl, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Professor Bernhard Lendl, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Professor Mika Lindén, Ulm University, Germany
  • Associate professor Sandra Loerakker, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Professor Milos Pekny, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Professor Jessica Rosenholm, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
  • Professor Chris Siebel, Genentech, USA
  • Associate professor Diana Toivola, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
  • Professor Per Uhlén, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Assistant professor Ye Wang, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Professor Ioanna Zergioti, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Professor Ronald Österbacka, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

and many valuable collaborators at Åbo Akademi University within Cell Biology, Pharmacy, Physics Chemistry and Molecular Modeling.