People

The team has currently 3 professors (Ilpo Vattulainen, FiDiPro Ralf Metzler (Potsdam), FiDiPro Pavel Jungwirth (Prague)) and 1 prof-level senior scientist (Tomasz Rog), 11 other post-docs, 11 PhD and 10 MSc students. The unit comprised of 3 simulation/theory groups together with the experimental partners in the Centre of Excellence in Biomembrane Research benefits from a great deal of added value as they bridge theory and simulations with experiments done in the same Centre.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Prof. Ilpo Vattulainen (group leader)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C119 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

and

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG213
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biological Physics, Biophysics & Soft Matter
  • Membrane Biophysics & Lipid-Protein Interactions
  • Signaling and Protein Dynamics
  • Lipoproteins, Transfer Proteins & Trafficking
  • Drug-Membrane & Drug-Receptor Interactions
  • Scientific Computing & Computational Sciences

CONTACT INFORMATION

Prof. Ralf Metzler (Finland Distinguished Professor)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG214
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

and

Theoretical Physics 
Institute for Physics & Astronomy 
University of Potsdam 
Karl-Liebknecht-Str 24/25, Haus 28 
D-14476 Potsdam-Golm

RESEARCH INTERESTS

See: http://www.agnld.uni-potsdam.de/~metz/index.html

CONTACT INFORMATION

Prof. Pavel Jungwirth (Finland Distinguished Professor)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG214
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

and

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 
Flemingovo nam. 2, Prague 6, CZ-16610, Czech Republic
Phone: +420 220 410 314
FAX: +420 220 410 320

RESEARCH INTERESTS

See: http://marge.uochb.cas.cz/~jungwirt/

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Tomasz Rog (senior scientist)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C118 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

and

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG218
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biological Physics, Biophysics & Soft Matter

CONTACT INFORMATION

Prof. Jaakko Akola (associated member)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG218
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Amorphous semiconductor materials in non-volatile memory applications, especially chalcogenide alloys (DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, Blu-ray Disc, Phase-change RAM, Conductive-bridging RAM, Resistive RAM)
  • Glasses in general: Novel oxide-based materials, chalcogens, pnictides, etc.
  • Noble metal nanoparticles (Au, Ag, Pt, Pd) with various coatings and environments (surface, solution, and biological environment)
  • Size-selected metal clusters as replacements of the Platinum Group Metals in heterogeneous and electrocatalysis (hydrogen energy, CO2 chemistry)

See: http://webhotel2.tut.fi/fys/compphysstaff/mmm/jaakkoakola/

CON­TACT IN­FORM­A­TION

Dr. Sami Paavilainen (lecturer)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG205
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RE­SEARCH IN­TERESTS

  • Ultrathin insulating films: density functional calculations
  • Nanocellulose: classical molecular dynamics simulations
  • Artificial graphene
  • Scanning tunneling microscopy: tight binding and density functional calculations

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Sanja Pöyry (lecturer)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG318
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Cardiolipin oxidation
  • Cytochrome bc1 complex

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Hector Martinez-Seara (post-doctoral research scientist)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG213
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biological Physics, Biophysics & Soft Matter

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Oana Cramariuc (post-doctoral research scientist)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG313B
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • DNA-protein interaction: classical molecular dynamics simulations and quantum mechnical calculations
  • Mechanism and function of cytochrome bc1: classical molecular dynamics simulations and hybrid QM/MM calculations
  • Electron transfer processes: density functional calculations

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Moutusi Manna (post-doctoral research scientist)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C119 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

and

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG302
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Lipid modulation of GPCR
  • Glycolipids and glycoproteins
  • Glycolipids in viral invasion
  • Glycolipids on receptor protein function
  • Oxysterols

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Waldemar Kulig (post-doctoral research scientist)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C117 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

and

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG302
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Protein-lipid interactions in biologically relevant systems
  • Properties of phospholipid membranes
  • Developement of simulation methods and forcefields
  • Behavior of proton in the bulk water and protonated water clusters
  • Signaling and Protein Dynamics
  • Drug delivery

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Giray Enkavi (post-doctoral research scientist)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C117 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

and

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG304C
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biological membranes
  • Membrane transporters, channels, and peripheral membrane proteins

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Maria Kalimeri (post-doctoral research scientist)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG340C
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Lipid-protein interactions, protein stability, extremophilic adaptation of proteins and membranes, protein hydration
  • Molecular dynamics simulations of biological systems
  • Complex networks, time-series analysis, applied information theory
  • Quantitative and computational linguistics, catastrophic phenomena

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Chetan Poojari (post-doctoral research scientist)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG313A
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biomolecular Simulations using All-Atom, Coarse-Grained and Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics approches
  • Membrane-Protein & Protein-Protein Interactions
  • Drug-Membrane & Drug-Protein Interactions
  • Drug Delivery

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Topi Karilainen (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG304A
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • High-density lipoproteins
  • Radical oxidation
  • Fullerenes

CONTACT INFORMATION

Matti Javanainen (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C116 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

and

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG308
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Lateral dynamics of lipids and membrane proteins
  • Structure of lipid bilayers and monolayers

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Tarja Parkkinen (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG306
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Lipoprotein dynamics
  • Protein-drug interactions
  • Drug design

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Tuomo Nieminen (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG306
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Central nervous system, myelin sheath
  • Computational biophysics
  • Lipid flip-flop in membranes
  • Scramblase proteins

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Sami Rissanen (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG315
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Cell signalling events on molecular level
  • Drug delivery
  • Force field development

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Joni Vuorio (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C116 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

and

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG304C
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Molecular biology & biophysics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Computational physics & modeling

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Edouard Mobarak (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C114 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

and

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG226
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Effect of lipids on the behaviour of proteins of the immune system
  • Behaviour of lipids in membranes when attached to dyes

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Fabio Lolicato (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C114 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

and

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG215
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Molecular dynamics simulations of biological systems
  • The role of cell membrane in diseases
  • The role of Amylin on diabetes type 2

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Hanna Juhola (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG215
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Neurotransmitters' interactions with synaptic cell membrane
  • The role of cell membrane in diseases
  • Computer aided drug design

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Timo Vuorela (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: ???
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biological Physics, Biophysics & Soft Matter

CONTACT INFORMATION

Reinis Danne (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG215
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biological Physics, Biophysics & Soft Matter
     

CONTACT INFORMATION

Heikki Mikkolainen (M.Sc. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG315
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Lipoproteins
  • Electrostatic properties of bilayers/vesicles/micelles/lipoproteins/etc
  • Lipid oxidation
  • Niemann–Pick disease

See: http://heikki.mikkolainen.science/

CONTACT INFORMATION

Joona Tynkkynen (M.Sc. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG209
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biological physics, physics in living organism
  • Transmembrane protein functions
  • Computational Science

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Petri Kaurola (M.Sc. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG315
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Molecular dynamics simulations
  • Lipid membrane dynamics
  • Electron transfer chain

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Outi Haapanen (M.Sc. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG303
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Mitochondrial proteins and DNA
  • Respiratory chain
  • Electron transport chain

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Miia Niemelä (M.Sc. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG315
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • GPCR partitioning in membrane domains
  • GPCR-lipid interactions

CONTACT INFORMATION

Emmi Turppa (M.Sc. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG315
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Membrane sculpting by BAR-domain proteins
  • Molecular dynamics simulations of biological systems
  • Scientific computing

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Juho Liekkinen (M.Sc. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG303
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Pulmonary surfactant and pulmonary surfactant associated proteins
  • SAPLIP proteins

CONTACT INFORMATION

Hanna Korolainen (M.Sc. student)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C116 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biological Physics, Biophysics & Soft Matter

CONTACT INFORMATION

Noora Aho (M.Sc. student)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C116 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biological Physics, Biophysics & Soft Matter
     

CONTACT INFORMATION

Aapo Malkamäki (M.Sc. student)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C113 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Computational science
  • Programming
     

CONTACT INFORMATION

Lauri Salmela (M.Sc. student)

Department of Physics, Tampere University of Technology
P.O. Box 692, FI-33101 Tampere, Finland
Office: SG216
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@tut.fi

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Lipid-protein interactions

We collaborate very actively with a variety of groups, whose backgrounds range from physics to chemistry, medical sciences, pharmacology, computational sciences, and so forth, including both experimental and theoretical partners. Some of the most recent ones with whom we have joint recent publications or work currently in progress include the following ones:

   Assoc Prof Mikko Karttunen (Eindhoven Univ of Technology)
   Doc Juha Holopainen (Univ of Helsinki)
   Prof Elina Ikonen (Biomedicum, Univ of Helsinki)
   Dr Unal Coskun (Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden)
   Prof Ole G Mouritsen (Univ of Southern Denmark)
   Prof Kai Simons (MPI Dresden)
   Dr Jorge Bernardino de la Serna (Univ of Oxford)
   Assoc Prof Per-Lyngs Hansen (Univ of Southern Denmark)
   Dr Andrei Gurtovenko (Russian Acad of Sciences, St Petersburg)
   Dr Annele Virtanen (Univ of Eastern Finland)
   Dr Susanne Wiedmer (Univ of Helsinki)
   Prof P B Sunil Kumar (IIT Madras)
   Prof Pu-Chun Ke (Clemson Univ)
   Assoc Prof Erik Lindahl (Stockholm Univ)
   Prof Roland Faller (UC Davis)
   Prof Siewert-Jan Marrink (Univ of Groeningen)
   Prof Hannu Hakkinen (Univ of Jyvaskyla)
   Prof Pavla Capkova (Charles University)
   Prof Jere Segrest (Univ of Alabama)
   Dr Ramon Reigada (Univ of Barcelona)
   Prof Tapio Ala-Nissila (Aalto Univ)
   Prof Matti Vuento (Univ of Jyvaskyla)
   Prof Michael Morrow (Newfoundland)
   Prof Marta Pasenkiewicz-Gierula (Jagiellonian Univ)
   Dr Filip Tuomisto (Aalto Univ)
   Dr Vivek Sharma (Univ of Helsinki)

 

Previous postdoctoral scientists

   Dr Pekka Postila
   Dr Anirban Polley
   Dr Marja Hyvönen
   Dr Mohsen Pourmousa
   Dr Otto Punkkinen
   Dr J. H. Jeon
   Dr Giulia Rossi (with Aalto Univ / Tapio Ala-Nissila)
   Dr Luca Monticelli
   Dr Andrea Catte
   Dr Emppu Salonen
   Dr Jarmila Repakova
   Dr Andrei Gurtovenko
   Plus many supervised jointly with other teams (not listed here)

Previous PhD students

   Dr Karol Kaszuba
   Dr Pipsa Kulovesi (Primary supervisor: Juha Holopainen (Univ Helsinki)
   Dr Adam Orlowski
   Dr Miroslava Franova
   Dr Jelena Telenius
   Dr Artturi Koivuniemi
   Dr Anette Hall
   Dr Sanja Poyry
   Dr Santtu Ollila
   Dr Jelena Telenius
   Dr Jarnila Repakova
   Dr Olli Punkkinen
   Dr Teemu Murtola
   Dr Perttu Niemela
   Dr Emma Terama
   Dr Emma Falck

Previous BSc/MSc students

   Many, to be listed here later.