People

Helsinki Eye Lab is headed by Chief Physician Jukka Moilanen in close collaboration with Professor Ilpo Vattulainen and Chief Physician Niko Setälä. In addition to these senior members, the team currently includes two post-doctoral researchers, three doctoral students, and one undergraduate student. The combined expertise of the team in clinical research and basic science allows for unique approaches in ophthalmological research.

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Chief Physician Jukka Moilanen

Eye Clinic, Helsinki University Central Hospital
Haartmaninkatu 4 C
P.O. Box 220, FI-000290 HUS, Finland

E-mail: Firstname.Surname@hus.fi

Research Interests

  • Tear film and ocular surface diseases
  • Corneal biomechanics
  • Refraction, aberrations and contrast sensitivity

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Professor Ilpo Vattulainen

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C119 (Exactum building)

E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi
Website: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/biophysics

Research Interests

  • Biological Physics, Biophysics & Soft Matter
  • Membrane Biophysics & Lipid-Protein Interactions
  • Signaling and Protein Dynamics
  • Lipoproteins, Transfer Proteins & Trafficking
  • Drug-Membrane & Drug-Receptor Interactions
  • Scientific Computing & Computational Sciences

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Chief Physician Niko Setälä

Eye Unit, Central Finland Health Care District
Keskussairaalantie 19
FI-40620,  Jyväskylä, Finland

E-mail: firstname.surname@ksshp.fi

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Antti Rantamäki, Ph.D.

Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 55, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: B443 (Chemicum building)

E-mail: firstname.surname@helsinki.fi
Website: https://tuhat.helsinki.fi/portal/fi/persons/antti-rantamaki

Research Interests

  • Composition, structure, and properties of tear film and tear film lipid layer
  • Interactions between bioactive compounds and lipid membranes

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Artturi Koivuniemi, Ph.D.

The Division of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki

E-mail: firstname.surname@helsinki.fi

Research Interests

  • Biophysics
  • Lipoproteins and lipid membranes in different contexts

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Matti Javanainen (Ph.D. student)

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki 
P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: C116 (Exactum building)
E-mail: Firstname.Surname@helsinki.fi

Research interests

  • Lateral dynamics of lipids and membrane proteins
  • Structure of lipid bilayers and monolayers

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Alexandra Robciuc (Ph.D. student)

Ophthalmology, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital
Haartmaninkatu 8, FI-00290 Helsinki, Finland
Office: B416a (Biomedicum Helsinki 1)

E-mail: firstname.surname@gmail.com

Research Interests

  • Dry eye disease and corneal epithelium response to hyperosmolarity
  • Physiology of corneal epithelium and its interactions with tear fluid
  • Role of sphingolipids in ocular surface inflammation

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Riku Paananen (Ph.D. student)

Ophthalmology, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital
Haartmaninkatu 8, FI-00290 Helsinki, Finland
Office: B416a (Biomedicum Helsinki 1)

E-mail: firstname.o.surname@helsinki.com

Research Interests

  • Tear film lipid layer structure and function
  • Langmuir monolayers
  • Molecular dynamics simulations

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Helena Bland (M.Sc. student)

Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 55, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland
Office: B223 (Chemicum building)

Research Interests

  • Organic synthesis
  • Role of di-esters in tear film lipid layer function