Laboratory of brain repair

Mikko Airavaara research group

We are interested in mechanisms of brain repair after injury and in neurodegeneration aiming at finding new ways to restore and regenerate the damaged neuronal circuits and neurotransmission. We have a curiosity for endoplasmic reticulum homeostasis in regulating function, activity, development of a brain cell. We aim to understand myeloid cell and neuron interactions and study the mechanisms of protein aggregation (alpha-synuclein) and their spreading. We have developed new unbiased ways for high-content image analysis to quantify numbers of neurons, Lewy bodies and neurites, the morphology of glial cells. We work with cell cultures, disease models and CRISPR-based genome editing, to develop quantitative tools to measure biological processes in cell culture and in vivo.

We have a passion for excellent level research and high-quality international training. Our work is based on internationally evaluated funding, and with excellent level collaborators we can push the frontiers of science. Our mission is to provide the highest quality science-based teaching and training.


Mikko Airavaara
group leader
P.O. Box 63, FI-00014 University of Helsinki
Phone: +358 50 448 0944

Visiting address

Viikinkaari 5D, Room 6028b 
Institute of Biotechnology, HiLIFE 
University of Helsinki
00790 Helsinki