Lab members of the Genome Stability Group
Liisa Kauppi

Principal Investigator

PhD, Academy Research Fellow

Haartmaninkatu 8 (PO Box 63)
00014 University of Helsinki

Phone: +358 2941 25555

Sanna Pikkusaari

PhD Student

Project: Sensitizing DNA repair proficient ovarian cancer cells to chemotherapy

My research focuses on DNA damage repair, especially homologous recombination (HR) repair, in high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC). In our lab, we have established an immunofluorescence-based assay to detect HR deficiency in HGSOC tumor cells. By utilizing this assay, my aim is to find a way to (re-)sensitize cancer cells to chemotherapy by manipulating HR repair pathway.


Fatih Genç

PhD Student

Project: LINE-1 retrotransposition dynamics in high-grade serous ovarian cancer

LINE-1 are transposable elements that comprise approximately 17% of human DNA. Even though silent in normal cells, LINE-1s are transcriptionally active in different types of cancer, often resulting in de novo insertions and therefore conducting to genomic instability. I am interested to understand the genomic evolution of LINE-1 activity in high-grade serous ovarian cancer.


Sam Krami

PhD student

My project seeks to determine the composition of the ovarian cancer microbioma (oncobiome) in tissue samples with low and high DNA damage. The end result is expected to provide a general idea about the impact of the omcobiome on the behaviour of the tumor (resistance, aggressiveness, responsiveness to treatment). 

Anu Anil

PhD student

Srividhya Sundaresan

Transmed student

The goal of my project is to understand the temporal location of the DNA damage (% in S phase), the differences in the tumour microenvironment (TME) between HR-deficient and HR-proficient tumours and propose avenues for alternative treatment strategies.

Minna Eriksson

Lab manager


Phone: 0504489442

Ezgi Karagöz

Technical Assistant

Filippa Tallqvist

Undergraduate student

Kauppi lab alumni

Miia Kaistamaa, MD

Kul Shrestha, PhD

Manuela Tumiati, PhD

Nanna Sarvilinna, PhD

Imrul Faisal, PhD

Linlin Zhang, MD, PhD

Susanna Jonkka, MSc

Denis Dermadi Bebek, PhD

Vanessa Keser, ERASMUS student

Venkatram Yellapragada, MSc 

Martyna Salciute, BSc

Elli Aska, PhD

Jasmin Grönman, MSc

Juha Matilainen, PhD 

Barun Pradhan, post-doc

Henrik Talsi, summer student 

Oona Mehtälä, summer student

Maarit Hakkarainen, lab technician

Taina Turunen, lab technician

Minna Tuominen, lab manager

Saundarya Shah, lab manager