People working in the group
Taneli Raivio, Principal Investigator, Professor, MD, PhD
Taneli Raivio received his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He did his foreign postdoctoral training in the USA (Harvard Reproductive Endocrine Sciences Center, MA). He is a pediatric endocrinologist, Niilo Hallman professor of translational pediatrics at the University of Helsinki, chief of research and education at the Pediatric Research Center and the Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland. He is a member of several international scientific societies, and an editor in the European Journal of Endocrinology.
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Matti Hero, MD, PhD
Matti Hero, MD, PhD, works as a pediatric endocrinologist and adjunct professor at the Children's Hospital, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland. His clinical research has focused on disorders affecting growth and puberty, with particular interest in the efficacy and safety of aromatase inhibitor treatment in boys with short stature or delayed puberty.
Kirsi Vaaralahti, Postdoctoral Fellow, BBA, PhD
Kirsi joined Raivio group in 2009. She defended her thesis "Molecular genetics of Kallmann Syndrome and Constitutional delay of growth and puberty in Finland" in 2014. After that, she has been working as a postdoctoral fellow and is involved in several research projects.
Tero Varimo, MD, PhD
Tero started in the group in 2012, and defended his thesis "Delayed puberty: etiology, outcome and interactions with growth" in 2017. His current research focuses on precocious and delayed puberty.
Johanna Känsäkoski, MSc
Johanna is a geneticist who joined Raivio group in 2011 to do her master’s and doctoral theses on the genetic defects underlying pubertal disorders in Finland. She defended her thesis in August 2017, and has since continued her work in the group to identify new genetic defects underlying different disorders of growth and puberty. Her current projects focus on the functional studies of new candidate genes by using mouse modeling, in vitro studies, and the CRISPR/Cas9 technique.
Venkatram Yellapragada, MSc, PhD student
Venkatram has a Master's degree in molecular biotechnology, and he is presently carrying out doctoral studies in dissecting molecular mechanisms and key players involved in human hypothalamic cell development and function.
Kristiina Kumar, MSc, PhD student
Kristiina joined the group in 2014. She is working on genome editing and differentiation of hPSCs.
Carina Lund, MSc, PhD student
Carina studied in Developmental and Reproductive Biology at the University of Helsinki. After graduation, she joined the group in 2012, and started her PhD studies in 2013. Her main focus has been on differentiating human pluripotent stem cells into GnRH-expressing neurons, and after that, studying the transcriptome of GnRH neurons to discover new genes and pathways involved in the specification and function of these cells.
Laura Kariola, MSc (Economics), CEMS Master's degree in Management, MD
Laura received her MD degree at the University of Helsinki in 2014. She joined the group in November, 2016. Laura specializes in Pediatrics and works on her PhD thesis on the regulation of puberty timing.
Annika Tarkkanen, MA
Annika has completed her Master’s degree in English language. She started working in the group in January, 2016. Besides contributing to the research projects, her duties include language editing and proofreading.
Johanna Hietamäki, MB, MSc
Johanna is a medical student at the University of Helsinki, and she has been a member of the group since 2016. Her research focuses on childhood onset hypopituitarism.
Anna-Pauliina Iivonen, BSc
Anna-Pauliina joined the group in 2016, and she is currently working on her Master's thesis.
Ella Kohva, MD, PhD student
Ella graduated from the University of Helsinki as an MD in 2015, and is now a doctor in training in pediatrics. She finished her Lic. Med. thesis in Raivio Group in 2015, and is currently working with her PhD thesis.