PhD, Principal Investigator

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Mitochondrial Medicine &

Academy of Finland Research Fellow

E-mail: thomas.mcwilliams [at]

Post-doctoral Scientist (2018-Present)

Dr. Fumi Suomi has a multidisciplinary training background with extensive experience in mitochondrial cell biology. She completed her undergraduate studies in Japan (B.Sc. - Kansai University & M.Sc. - Kyoto University), where she focused on enzymology in fission yeast. Following this, she undertook doctoral research at the University of Oulu, Finland. Here, Dr. Suomi developed an interest in mitochondrial signalling in mammals and graduated with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Through undertaking TEKES-funded postdoctoral research at Oulu, she diversified her expertise and developed skills in live cell imaging in 3D culture conditions to be applied to high throughput image analysis and machine learning. Subsequently, she relocated to the University of Helsinki to work on mitochondrial membrane dynamics in coordination with mitochondrial translation with Dr. Brendan Battersby.  Here she developed extensive experience in mitochondrial biochemistry and cell biology. She actively co-organises the Viikki Biocampus Women's Life Science Network at the University of Helsinki ( In 2018, she joined the McWilliams lab to pursue research into mitochondrial quality control in health and disease.



Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-Present)

Dr. Maeve Long is an enthusiastic cell biologist with expertise in organelle dynamics and membrane trafficking. She obtained a 1st Class Honours B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, graduating top of her class from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. Maeve then secured a prestigious IRC Scholarship to pursue PhD studies in Cell Biology in the lab of Prof. Jeremy Simpson carrying out an siRNA screen looking at Rho GTPases in membrane trafficking events. Following a short post-doctoral period with Dr. Niamh O’Sullivan working on developing a cellular disease model of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing at the Conway Institute in UCD, Maeve moved to Helsinki to join the McWilliams Lab. Her project aim is to pursue organelle research in vivo as part of a Novo Nordisk Foundation Excellence Project. Away from the bench Maeve loves spending time in the great outdoors, taking dance classes and most of all discovering new places on her travels

Laboratory Co-Ordinator (2018-Present)

Kirsi is a seasoned laboratory technician and joins the McWilliams and Suomalainen-Wartiovaara Laboratories as a Laboratory Co-ordinator. Kirsi holds a Bachelors of Laboratory Sciences (Helsinki Metropolitan University of Life Sciences) and has completed courses in Chemistry and Pharmacology (Universities of Eastern Finland & Jyväskylä, respectively). Having spent 8 years as a laboratory analyst within the laboratories of Academy Professor Kari Alitalo and Dr. Riikka Kivelä (University of Helsinki), she is highly experienced with a plethora of molecular, biochemical, cell biology & pathology techniques. Kirsi ensures the smooth running of our lab by performing essential roles and stremlining tasks in addition to contributing to more specialist research projects. Outside of the lab, Kirsi is a keen triathalon competitor, an avid literature enthusiast and enjoys discovering the rich delights of the Finnish landscape.


Opportunities will be posted in 2018. Please contact me directly if interested.