All emails are firstname.lastname@example.org with Scandinavian alphabets changed into their non-umlaut variants, unless otherwise stated. If in doubt on who to contact, please address the group leader, professor Esa Korpi.
MD, PhD, professor of pharmacology emeritus, group leader
Esa has published over 270 original articles and reviews in the fields of neuropsychopharmacology, biomedical alcohol research, neurobiology of addiction and brain diseases.
PhD (Pharm), Title of docent, University lecturer
An expert on mouse behavioral pharmacology, Anni-Maija is a valuable asset to everyone in the group needing help in behavioural experiment design and transgenic mouse colony maintenance.
She is also a principal investigator herself, currently mainly interested in metabotrobic glutamate receptors, and neuroinflammation in reward.
PhD (physiology), Doctoral researcher
Elina's research project is focused on characterisation and subtyping of a somatostatin-expressing cell population in the mouse VTA using electrophysiological techniques and patch-seq method for single-cell RNA-sequencing, neural tracing and behavioural analysis.
MSc in Pharmacy, Doctoral researcher
Lauri started in the lab by working on his master's thesis on chemogenetic modulation of behaviour using somatostatin-Cre mice in 2016. Now, in his PhD project he studies the effects of serotonergic hallucinogens, or psychedelics, on addiction-related behavioural phenotypes.
MSc (Translational medicine), Doctoral researcher
With a background in translational medicine and skilled in several neuroscientific techniques, Annika joined the lab in early 2020 to work with the midbrain neuron characterisation project. Currently, her own PhD project focuses on GABAA receptor modulation and drug responses.
BSc, Translational medicine student
Starting as an intern, Jani continued in the lab in order to work on his master's thesis together with Annika. His project concentrates in the intersection of serotonin, neuropathic pain, and chloride homeostasis.
BSc in Pharmacy, MSc student
J-P joined the lab in early 2022 to work on his master's thesis project which will concentrate on modulation of reward-related behaviours induced by serotonergic agonists.
BSc, Neuroscience master student
Liisa joined the lab to work on her master's thesis together with Lauri. Her work will combine psychedelics, extinction learning and plasticity-related molecular biology.
Bachelor of Laboratory Services, Research technician
Heidi is proficient in several critical laboratory techniques needed in Korpi lab, taking care of, among other things, perfusing brains, cutting brain sections, performing immunohistochemical and in situ hybridization experiments, counting the cell numbers, assisting in phenotyping of model systems and genotyping the mouse lines.
Milo Grotell (né Siivonen)
Currently a clinically active medical doctor, Milo defended his thesis on neurotoxicity and extrasynaptic GABA receptors in 2022.
Defended her thesis on mouse models for psychotic disorders in 2015, currently a Regulatory/Pharmacological Expert at DRA Consulting.
Bjørnar den Hollander
Defended his thesis on novel amphetamine-type stimulants in 2015 and is currently a Medical Director at ApotheCom.
Kati Hellsten (née Saarelainen)
Defended her thesis on benzodiazepine-sensitive GABAA receptors in 2015.
Elena de Miguel (née Vashchinkina)
Defended her thesis on tonic GABAergic inhibition in 2013, currently the Associate Director of Histology and Imaging at uniQure.
Defended his thesis on AMPA-type glutamate receptors in 2012, currently a university lecturer and a group leader at the University of Helsinki.
Defended her thesis on the interplay of the mesolimbic dopamine system and benzodiazepines in 2012, currently a Clinical Process Manager at Sooma Medical.
Defended her thesis on parvalbumin-expressing GABA neurons in 2011, currently a Development Pharmacist at Pharmaceutical Information Centre.
Defended his thesis on ethanol and AMPA-type glutamate receptors in 2009, currently a senior researhcer at the University of Helsinki.
Defended his thesis on the extrasynaptic GABAA receptors in 2005, currently an otology specialist at Helsinki University Hospital.
Mikhail Dron, visiting researcher, EDUFI research fellow 2020
Currently a junior researcher at I.M. Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry.
Ksenia Egorova, bachelor student (molecular biosciences), intern 2022
Lauren van den Broecke, master's student (biomedical sciences), Erasmus intern 2022
Emma Enberg, master's student (Neuroscience) 2020-2021 Thesis
Essi Törrönen, master's student (Neuroscience) 2020 Thesis
Juliana Harkki, master's student (Translational medicine) 2019-2020 Thesis
Nuppu Korhonen, medical student 2019-2022 Thesis
Alvar Martti, medical student 2019 Thesis
Elina Hynninen, medical student 2018-2020 Thesis
Ulla Rahijärvi, master's student (Drug Discovery and Development, Uni. Turku) 2017-2018 Thesis
Aleksi Olkkola, medical student, research rotation 2017
Mikko Forss, medical student, research intern 2016-2017