Department of Anatomy

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The discipline of anatomy organises basic education in macroscopic human anatomy, microscopic human anatomy, or histology, and cell biology for students of medicine and dentistry, as well as students in the Master’s Degree Programme in Translational Medicine in their first and second year of studies.

The Department of Anatomy conducts basic research in neurobiology and cell biology (research areas include membrane biology, as well as the mechanisms of the development of the nervous system and neurotransmission). In addition, we are developing and utilising genetically modified cellular and animal models and various imaging methods. The Department organises postgraduate research education for doctoral students and post-doctoral education for researchers who have completed their doctoral degree. The Department houses the Biomedicum Imaging Unit BIU, the Zebrafish Unit and the Tissue Preparation and Histochemistry Unit.

The Department is responsible for organising two courses in medicine and dentistry: Healthy and Diseased Tissue, as well as Musculoskeletal System. The Department organises teaching in anatomy and histology also in the following courses: Structure and Function of the Cell, Nervous System, Respiratory Organs, Digestive System and Nourishment, and Endocrinology and Genitals. In addition, the Department organises optional courses on various subjects such as clinical anatomy and research skills.

Teaching in anatomy is problem based. Students familiarise themselves with anatomy also with the help of dissection, prosection, surface anatomy, ultrasound anatomy, clinical-theoretical seminars and virtual microscopy.

Please find out about project opportunities directly from the research groups.

Publications

Research Groups

  • Pertti Panula - Neurotransmitter System Plasticity

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Professors
EI
Elina
Ikonen
Professor
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Neurosciences
TM
Thomas
McWilliams
Assistant Professor
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Neurosciences, Genetics, developmental biology, physiology, Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, Biomedicine

Teachers
Maarit
Hölttä
University Lecturer
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biomedicine

University lecturer (Anatomy), Senior scientist

MM
Marika
Markkanen
University Lecturer
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Neurosciences
SV
Suvi
Viranta-Kovanen
University Lecturer
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Ecology, evolutionary biology

Researchers
YC
Yu-Chia
Chen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Neurosciences
KC
Konstantin
Chernov
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biomedicine
IH
Iryna
Hlushchenko
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, Neurosciences
AL
Anna
Leopold
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biomedicine
ML
Marja
Lohela
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biomedicine, Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology
OO
Olena
Oliinyk
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology
PP
Pertti
Panula
Research Director
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Neurosciences
SP
Simon
Pfisterer
Academy Research Fellow
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biomedicine
MS
Maria
Sundvik
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Neurosciences, Biomedicine
VV
Vladislav
Verkhusha
Research Director
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biomedicine
KV
Kirstin
Vonderstein
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biomedicine
YY
Yuxiao
Yao
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biomedicine

Doctoral Students
MA
Maria
Ahonen
Doctoral Student
Department of Anatomy
MI
Mohammad Majharul
Islam
Doctoral Student
Department of Anatomy
MK
Maksim
Karasev
Doctoral Student
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biomedicine, Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology
EM
Elina
Multamäki
Doctoral Student
Department of Anatomy
KZ
Kecheng
Zhou
Doctoral Student
Department of Anatomy
Field of science Biomedicine

Head of department

professor Matti Airaksinen
matti.airaksinen@helsinki.fi
PO BOX 63 (Haartmaninkatu 8)
00014 University of Helsinki

Address

PO BOX 63 (Haartmaninkatu 8)
00014 University of Helsinki

The dissection of cadavers, indispensable to teaching at the Department of Anatomy, is only possible if the Department is provided with a sufficient number of cadavers for this purpose. All Finnish citizens of age and with legal capacity have the opportunity to give their body donation consent in front of witnesses.

The details on a completed and submitted body donation consent form can be registered into the My Kanta service, after which they will be available to the nationwide health care system. You may enter the following message in the open field included in the My Kanta organ donation testament: “I have given consent to donating my body to the University of Helsinki”. You may also check the box for organ donations, since these two options are not in conflict. Each person can only donate either individual organs or their entire body, depending on the actual situation at the time of donation.

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