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PhD
Principal Investigator
Adjunct Professor in Molecular Genetics

I’m a geneticist with great passion towards hematological malignancies. I received my PhD in cancer genetics (inherited breast cancer) in 2007 and then did my first postdoc in Ross Levine’s lab (hematology) at MSKCC in NYC 2007-2010. When I returned home, I did my second postdoc in Lauri Aaltonen’s lab (cancer genomics) 2011-2014 before establishing my own lab in 2015.

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outi.kilpivaara@helsinki.fi
02941 25599

MD, PhD, Docent

I am a hematologist at Helsinki University Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center and am affiliated with University of Helsinki (UH), Faculty of Medicine, as a principal investigator. I received my PhD in 1999 and medical degree in 2000. Thereafter I specialized in clinical chemistry and clinical hematology. I have been in hematology practice for almost ten years and worked as a head of section since 2014. My areas of responsibilities include acute lymphoblastic leukemia and inherited blood diseases including genetic predisposition syndromes. Together with Outi Kilpivaara, PhD (doc.), we have a joint research group focusing on hematological genetics in the RPU of University of Helsinki. I am also the coordinator/ responsible teacher of hematology at UH.

ulla.wartiovaara-kautto@hus.fi
+35850 428 7051

Doctoral candidate, MSc

I completed my Master’s degree in Biology in University of Helsinki, specializing in human genetics in 2017. My PhD projects focus mainly on the germline predisposition to lymphoid malignancies, especially acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), but I also tend to stray to the myeloid side sometimes. I am also studying the genetic variants that could predict adverse effects during ALL treatment. My special interest is also trying to solve the mysteries of undiagnosed patients by finding a germline cause for their symptoms and help in making a correct diagnosis for the patient.

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suvi.douglas@helsinki.fi
02941 25557

Doctoral candidate, MD

I recieved my medical degree from the University of Helsinki in 2012 and am specialized in internal medicine. My PhD project focuses on the genetics of inherited bone marrow failure syndromes.

marja.hakkarainen@helsinki.fi
02941 25557

Master's student, BSc

I am finishing my studies in the Translational Medicine Master's program. I am involved in projects that investigate bone marrow failures and acute myeloid leukemias (AML). 

ilse.kaaja@helsinki.fi
02941 25557

Laboratory technician, MSc (on maternity leave)

I work as laboratory technician for Outi Kilpivaara's lab group. 

In addition to my lab management duties I work in the role of research assistant alongside most projects. I work with different laboratory techniques in cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology and pathology. My responsibilities also include maintaining and updating our databases as well as training new lab personnel in various techniques. 

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lotta.katainen@helsinki.fi
02941 25634

Doctoral candidate, BM

I am an MD/PhD student. My PhD project focuses on the genetics of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs) including Essential Thrombocythemia (ET), Myelofibrosis (MF) and Polycythemia Vera (PV). I'm researching somatic and germline gene mutations which can cause and predispose to MPNs, and also how these genetic alterations may effect the clinical features of these diseases. 

atte.lahtinen@helsinki.fi
02941 25557

Research assistant

I'm in my third year of studies towards a Bachelor's degree in the Faculty of Pharmacy in the University of Helsinki. I'm a research assistant in Kilpivaara group, mainly working with DNA/RNA extractions, primer design, PCR and cell culture for non-adherent cells etc. I've been involved in the PhD projects in our group concerning mainly predisposing genetic alterations in AML and ALL.

pihla.siipola@helsinki.fi
02941 25557

Elina Hirvonen, PhD