Our Lipoprotein Lab consists of different experts with different backgrounds to work together from different points of view.
Artturi Koivuniemi

Artturi Koivuniemi is a biophysicist specializing in the field of pharmacy and is currently serving as a principal Investigator leading the Lipoprotein Lab. He obtained his Master's degree in physical chemistry from the University of Helsinki, where he developed a strong foundation in the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications. Building on his passion for biophysics, Artturi pursued a Ph.D. in biophysics, further delving into the interdisciplinary field that combines physics, biology, and medicine to understand biological systems at the molecular level. Throughout his academic journey, Artturi has gained valuable experience in both academic and industrial settings. He has worked several years at VTT, a research organization focused on industry-oriented research. Additionally, Artturi has been recognized as an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow, during which he conducted research at the University of Helsinki and University College Dublin, further expanding his expertise in the field. Currently, Artturi holds a position as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow for a duration of five years.

Laura Giorgi

Laura Giorgi started her Doctoral studies is 2021. She got her Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies at the University of Padova (Italy). During the bachelor and master studies, her research has become increasingly focused on nanotechnology and drug delivery. Today, Laura carries out researcher in the field of cardiovascular diseases, trying to design and synthetize synthetic high-density lipoproteins (sHDL) with improved functionality for the treatment of atherosclerosis. At the same time, her research is involved in the application of sHDL as drug delivery systems for the treatment, prevention or imaging of several diseases.

Akseli Niemelä

Akseli Niemelä is specialized in using computational models to explain biological phenomena. His overarching goal is to discover new therapeutic applications that involve the enzyme lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase, and he has worked on this since 2019 largely via molecular dynamics simulations. After attaining a Master's degree in Pharmacy in 2022, he continues on as a doctoral researcher into the world of lipoproteins.

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Sirine Nouri

Sirine Nouri obtained her master's degree in biotechnology in 2019 from Ecole Centrale Lyon (France). She received her Ph.D. in structural biology from the University Lyon 1 (France) in 2023, under the supervision of Dr. Loic Salmon. Her thesis focuses on the dynamic study of microRNAs using NMR spectroscopy, SAXS and MD simulations. Since then, Sirine has been working as a post-doctoral researcher in the group of Artturi Koivuniemi. Her main interest is understanding the organization and dynamic behavior of nanodiscs using NMR spectroscopy.