Pia Siljander (Adj. prof, PhD, university lecturer) works with extracellular vesicles (EVs). The current focus of her EV group is to identify novel EV inducers in platelets and cancer cells with the aim of characterizing their cargo changes for biomarker discovery and understanding the functional effects of EV-mediated communication. The work has been funded by the Academy of Finland project grant and by Finnish foundations. Pia has extensive EV networks and collaborations through her chair positions in the EU COST Action BM1202 “Microvesicles and exosomes in health and disease” and having been a co-chair of the Scientific Standardization committee (Microparticles) in the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
To enable progress and expansion of EV research within the University of Helsinki, Pia has also set up the EV core facility, as a joint cross-disciplinary effort of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Department of Biosciences together with FIMM (led by Dr. Maija Puhka) in 2016. EV core –related research has already generated several published methodological advancements and innovation disclosures. EV core development was realized through the funding from TEKES Salwe Get it done (co-PI with Prof. Marjo Yliperttula) and the Academy of Finland project. In 2017, she was awarded as the Scientific Conference Power Player for EV conference organization.
Pia gained her MSc and PhD from the University of Helsinki and worked in the University of Cambridge as a post doc 2000-2004. Upon returning to Finland, she held Academy of Finland -funded positions before becoming a University lecturer in the Biochemistry of Health in the Faculty of Bio- and Environmental Sciences.