Assistant Professor, Principal Investigator
Juha obtained his MSc in Cell Biology in 2006 from the University of Jyväskylä and his PhD in Genetics in 2010 from the University of Helsinki. In his doctoral research he studied mechanisms that allow cells to dynamically alter their shape in order to carry out functions such as migration, attachment, and communication. From 2011-2017, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the ETH Zurich, where his interests expanded to include the formation of protein assemblies, cell fate determination, asymmetric cell division, cellular aging, and the connections between these processes. Since August 2017, he has been an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Biology at the University of Helsinki.
Jurgita received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Vilnius, Lithuania in 2014. Her Master´s studies in Gothenburg University in Sweden were focused on molecular biology with specialization towards genomics and systems biology and were completed in 2016. She joined the group as a PhD student at the end of 2017. She is currently investigating the role of protein assemblies in the metabolic differentiation of yeast cells. She aims to uncover new adaptive mechanisms by which cells can dynamically regulate their metabolism.
Pinja completed her MSc in physiology & neuroscience, and ecology & evolutionary biology, at the University of Helsinki in 2017. She joined the group in October 2017. Pinja investigates the molecular mechanisms of synaptic strengthening, focusing specifically on the role of protein assembly formation. Her work aims to improve our basic understanding of the mechanisms underlying memory and neurodegenerative diseases. In addition to her work in the lab, she works as a part-time scientific illustrator under her company SciArt.