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Päivi Pihlajamaa

Principal investigator

I am an Academy Research Fellow and a Principal investigator at the Research Programs Unit and Medicum at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. I am leading the Cancer Epimetabolism lab with the aim of revealing novel mechanisms of cancer growth.

My background is in molecular and cell biology with a PhD from Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, and post-doc training at University of Helsinki, Finland, and University of Cambridge, UK. I am an expert in cancer biology, epigenetics, and CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing methods, such as the competitive precision genome editing (CGE) method for studying the functional significance of small genomic features.

Subhamoy Datta

Postdoctoral researcher

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Cancer Epimetabolism lab. I have done my PhD studies in the Department of Biological Sciences and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar, India, studying the regulation of genome organization and function. In Cancer Epimetabolism lab, my main project focuses on understanding how alterations in the metabolic pathways affect the gene regulatory landscape in colon cancer cells. I am using various functional genomics methods, such as CRISPR-based genome editing combined with transcriptome and epigenome analysis at a single-cell resolution. 

Veera Erkkilä

Lab manager

I am studying in the Master's Programme in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki, and I am currently working as a lab manager in the Cancer Epimetabolism and Enhancer Biology labs. My tasks include mammalian cell culture, and various molecular biology methods as well as supporting all the lab operations.