I am a pharmacologist with a passion to find new drug treatments to cure heart diseases. I completed my MSc and PhD degrees at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki and have postdoctoral experience from Prof Heikki Ruskoaho’s group at the University of Helsinki as well as Prof Sian Harding’s lab at Imperial College London.
Currently, I work as an Academy Research Fellow and principal investigator leading the regenerative cardiac pharmacology group. I am particularly interested in utilising human pluripotent stem cell-based models and high content analysis to identify new drug targets and to characterise new potential drug treatments for the treatment of heart failure.
I also continue collaborating closely with Professors Raimo Tuominen and Jari Yli-Kauhaluoma on the topic of my PhD project: characterization of new protein kinase C (PKC)-targeted compounds.
Virpi Talman's contact and research profile in the University of Helsinki People Finder
Having graduated with a Bachelors in Biochemistry from Newcastle University, I conducted my MSc and PhD at Imperial College London before joining the Talman group in 2020 to commence my first post-doctoral researcher position. My PhD, supervised by Prof Sian Harding, focused on the use of novel biomaterials in conjunction with human pluripotent stem cell derived (hPSC) cardiac cells for the exogenous regeneration of the heart following a heart attack.
In my current role, I will be investigating the interactions between hPSC-derived cardiomyocytes and endothelial cells to ascertain regulators of cardiomyocyte proliferation that can be exploited for the therapeutic regeneration of the injured heart.
Qasim Majid's contact and research profile in the University of Helsinki People Finder
I completed my PhD degree at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki in 2021. Currently, I am working as a University lecturer. My research focus has been pharmacological and toxicological characterisation of novel compounds in various cardiac and stem cell models. I am particularly interested in utilising human pluripotent stem cell-based models in drug discovery.
Tuuli Karhu's contact and research profile in the University of Helsinki People Finder
I completed my Master’s degree in Pharmacology in the University of Helsinki in 2017, and then continued working for my PhD. My research focuses on identification and characterization of novel drug targets for left ventricular hypertrophy and cardiac regeneration.
Lotta Pohjolainen's contact and research profile in the University of Helsinki People Finder
I graduated in 2018 with a Master’s degree in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Helsinki. The focus of my PhD research is at drug discovery with the aim to find small molecule compounds to promote cardiac regeneration. I design, synthesize, purify, characterize, and evaluate various new drug-like compounds for their biological activity. I am particularly interested in uncovering the molecular structures behind pharmacological activity.
Tanja Bruun's contact and research profile in the University of Helsinki People Finder
I graduated in 2021 with a M.Sc. (Pharm) in pharmacology from the University of Helsinki. Being fascinated by the possibilities in vitro research can provide, I continued my work in the Talman group after submitting my Master’s thesis. Currently, I am working on my PhD project, which focuses on the use of hiPSC-CMs to further elucidate and characterise cardiomyopathies. Simultaneously, I am investigating the role of the transcription factor GATA4 in cardiac regeneration.
I’m a molecular biology graduate with an MSc in Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells from Imperial College London. I joined the Talman group in October 2021 as a PhD student. My research focus is on the identification of disease mechanisms and potential treatments for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome by utilizing patient-derived pluripotent stem cells. This is a collaborative project with paediatric cardiologist Dr Emmi Helle.
Margarida Varelas's contact and research profile in the University of Helsinki People Finder
Ciao! I obtained my Master's degree in pharmaceutical chemistry and technology from the University of Pavia (Italy). I joined the University of Helsinki during my MSc thesis project through the Erasmus+ program. I became passionate about the possibility to create molecules that could modulate cell behaviour and started my PhD in January 2022. Currently, I work in a multidisciplinary project discovering new allosteric modulators of protein kinase C (PKC), which may have potential as drug candidates for heart disease or cancer. My focus is on the design and synthesis of new potential agonists in a sustainable way. In addition, I investigate the effects of PKC-binding compounds on biological models.
I have an MSc degree in Drug Discovery and Development from the University of Turku. Afterwards I decided to advance my knowledge and came to study Pharmacy at the University of Helsinki. I joined Talman group in December 2022 as a research assistant. I help members of the group with various research activities. I am interested in advanced cell models, cardiovascular pharmacology and early phase drug development.
Charlotta Andersson, MSc student
Jonas Kullbäck, MSc student
MSc. Julia Easton
Post doctoral researcher Umesh Chaudhari
MSc. Mirjam Savola