Group members

People working in Oral Cancer research group.
Principal Investigator

Tuula Salo DDS, PhD, Professor of Oral Pathology

Born in 1958, Professor Tuula Salo graduated from the University of Oulu's Institute of Dentistry in Finland in 1983. She completed her PhD in 1985, earned a specialty degree in oral pathology in 1997, and became an associate professor in 1998. After diverse teaching and research roles, including postgraduate training in Birmingham, Alabama, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, Salo  was appointed as the full professor in 2004. She served as vice dean (research) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, from 2006 to 2009, and was a member of the Health Research Committee of the Academy of Finland from 2004 to 2009.

Since 2015, Salo has been a permanent member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and, in the same year, was appointed as a professor of Oral Pathology at the University of Helsinki. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Sao Paulo, Brazil, since 2015.

Professor Tuula Salo's research primarily focuses on oral molecular biology and pathology, with recent emphasis on invasion mechanisms, tumor microenvironment, and prognostic markers of oral tongue cancer. Her research group has developed innovative human tissue 3D cancer invasion models. Salo has authored over 300 research articles and numerous textbook chapters in oral pathology and medicine. With an H-index of 64, she is a renowned lecturer at national and international scientific and clinical conferences. In 2010, Professor Salo received the IAOP Rod Cawson Prize for her outstanding contributions to academia and teaching in the field.

Research Group Members

Katja Korelin, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

Erika Naakka, PhD student, Laboratory coordinator

Wafa Wahbi, PhD student

Awais Wahab, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

Johanna Peltonen, PhD student

Tuulia Onali, PhD student

Marjut Metsäniitty, PhD student

Snehadri Sinha, PhD student

Shrabon Hasnat, PhD student

Sini Karinen, PhD student

Pia Wennerstrand, PhD student

Virinder Sarhadi

Mahamudul Alam, PhD student

Sara Degerholm, PhD student

Mari Vehviläinen, PhD student


Lab Alumni

Ahmed Al-Samadi, DDS, PhD, Collaborator

Meri Torri, DDS, PhD

Aini Hyytiäinen, DDS PhD

Rabeia Mustafa, DDS, PhD

Sarianna Tuovinen, Laboratory Technician

Ilida Suleymanova, PhD

Matti Mauramo, DDS, PhD

Rayan Mroueh, DDS, PhD

Ilkka Heikkinen, DDS

Krista Laurila, Laboratory Technician

Douwe Hoornstra, PhD

Yue Zhao

Jenni Vasara, Laboratory Technician