People

Docent, Principal Investigator / Director of GM-unit

Satu studied biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Oulu, and completed her PhD at the medical faculty of University of Helsinki in 2007. She then moved to do the postdoc with Professor Frank Constantini at Columbia University Medical Center, after which she continued her research at the Institute of Biotechnology (University of Helsinki) with Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2014 she was appointed as junior PI at BI, and in 2015 as a director of GM-unit at the Laboratory Animal Centre of University of Helsinki. Since the fall 2017 her lab has been located in the Faculty of Medicine and in the beginning of 2019 as a part of STEMM research program of Research Programs Unit.

email: satu.kuure@helsinki.fi

PhD, postdoc

Hyuk Nam studied protein structure during his master's course at Inha University School of medicine in South Korea. After obtaining his master's degree, he has accumulated experience in drug development research for 3 years at pharmaceutical companies. Since then, under the guidance of Professor Sunghyouk Park, he gained experience in metabolomics and clinical research at Seoul National University in South Korea and received his PhD degree in 2018. As a post-doctoral researcher, he will utilize his experiences and knowledge on metabolomics to contribute to our understandings of the cellular and molecular control of renal progenitors.

email: hyuk.kwon@helsinki.fi

MSc, doctoral candidate

Anneliis studied animal physiology and genetics during her Bachelor's degree at the University of Turku, Finland. She then received her M.Sc. in molecular biotechnology from the International Master's Degree Programme in Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She had joined the Kuure lab for a master's thesis project and then continued for her PhD research. Anneliis is studying how the Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway regulates progenitor cells during renal differentiation and morphogenesis. Currently she is on maternity leave after which she’ll return to finish her studies by the end of 2019.
 

email: anneliis.ihermann@helsinki.fi

MSc, doctoral candidate

Kristen completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah where she was an undergraduate research scholar in the lab of Prof. David W. Grainger, investigating in vitro nephrotoxicity assays and bio-functional coatings based on recombinant spider silk. She obtained her Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Tampere University of Technology where her research in the lab of Prof. Markku S. Kulomaa focused on using recombinant protein technology to generate multi-specific proteins. She began her doctoral studies in 2016 at the University of Helsinki in the Kuure group at the Faculty of Medicine. Kristen is interested in the roles of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling during kidney development.
 

email: kristen.kurtzeborn@helsinki.fi

Medical doctor/MSc, doctoral candidate

Hao has a multidisciplinary training background in molecular biomedicine. She completed her Bachelor’s study in China (Bachelor of Medicine, Tianjin Medical University) and became a licentiate clinical doctor. After two years work as a pathologist in University Hospital (Tianjin General Hospital, China), Hao relocated to University of Helsinki to pursue a Master degree in Neuroscience. She developed great interest in molecular biomedicine during the study and continues as a Ph.D. student after graduation. Hao is interested in cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying cell fate determination in kidney development.
 

Part-time research technician

Agnès is a research technician who started in private companies (Orion, Labsystems) and joined the University of Helsinki in 1997 (Steroid research lab/ Medical chemistry). From 2001, she has been member of Kidney Developmental Biology lab (Hannu Sariola’s group and later Satu Kuure’s group), taking care of the maintenance of the lab and participating in research work (genotyping, cell culture, DNA/RNA work, tissue dissection etc..). She also has been part-time in other labs such as Steroid reseach lab, Evo-Devo (Jukka Jernvall) and just started in BSCC (Timo Otonkoski). She loves dark chocolate and reading.