Pia first bumped into ”microparticles” during her PhD studies, when she saw a platelet-derived staining of fibrin strands in thrombus-formation mimicking system of blood flow. During her PhD, she studied the role of collagen receptors in platelet functions including procoagulant activity. In 2000-2004, she did a post doc in the University of Cambridge U.K, on platelet collagen receptors. Upon returning to Finland, she worked as an Academy of Finland –funded independent post doctoral researcher and research fellow with the aim to develop tools for integrin affinity states with phage display before becoming a university lecturer in Biochemistry of Health in 2008. By then, the field of extracellular vesicles started to bloom, so she returned to the topic of her passion and curiosity and was also lucky enough to spark others to join the quest to try to understand the powerful communication of the cells’ own social media, EVs.

In 2016, the EV group was proud to open a core facility jointly with Dr. Maija Puhka in FIMM to offer our expertise to other researchers in Finland and internationally.

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Maarit studies platelet derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) and their function in cell-to-cell signaling. She is interested in development of different in vitro based cellular model systems to study EV functions.

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Mari is interested in platelet-derived EVs and their potential use in regenerative medicine as natural therapeutics. She is interested in omics (proteomics and metabolomics) and currently investigates how the environment of cultured cells effect on the EV metabolome. She also coordinates the EV core in Viikki.

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Maria's PhD-project focuses on the vesicle-mediated interaction mechanisms in cell communication. She is interested in how cell activation effects on cell vesiculation and vesicle properties, especially in hypoxic conditions. The PhD project is also supervised by Dr. Mikaela Grönholm from Department of Biosciences.

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Sami is a PhD student working with platelet-derived EVs. The thesis project aims to shead light on the molecular mechanisms of intercellular messaging of EVs. The thesis project is also supervised by Dr. Saara Laitinen from Finnish Red Cross Blood Service.

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Snehadri Sinha works part time in EV Core Viikki. Snehadri did his Master's thesis in EV group about platelet EVs.

Maarit Takatalo-Laine, PhD, Orion Diagnostica

Elisa Lazaro Ibañez, PhD, Astra Zeneca

Saara Kauremaa, BScs

Jesus Gullon Sanz, BSc

Anna Lindelöf BSc

Manuel de Aledo Gonzales BSc