PhD, Chief Scientist
Dr. Bettina Mannerström received her Master’s degree majoring in Cell Biology in 2005 and her PhD in Tissue Engineering 2009 from the University of Tampere. She has served as a senior scientist in the Adult Stem Cell group at BioMediTech at the University of Tampere 2009 - 2015. Her research focus has been on translational medicine to characterize adult stem cells and to optimize their culturing conditions to meet the requirements set for clinical cell therapy. Currently she is the Chief Scientist in the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases at the University of Helsinki, focusing on the role of exosomes in stem cell safety and efficacy studies. She is an author in 31 high level scientific publications in the field.
Postdoctoral researcher, PhD
Dr. Hanna Hiidenmaa received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry in 2008, Master’s degree in Biotechnology in 2009 and PhD in Stem cell and tissue engineering in 2014 from University of Tampere, Finland. During her PhD she studied retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell differentiation; the characteristics and functionality of stem cell derived –RPE for future applications, such as cell therapy and in vitro RPE modeling. Currently she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases, University of Helsinki. Her current research targets the role of exosomes in stem cell therapies. She is an author of 7 high level scientific publications in the field.
Adjunct Professor, PhD
Dr. Sippy Kaur received her Master’s degree in 2003 majoring in microbiology from University of Helsinki. She received her PhD on Cancer Genetics in 2007 from University of Helsinki. She is an adjunct professor of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics since 2013 and has served as senior researcher at University of Helsinki at Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2007-2008) and at Department of Medical Genetics (2009-2014). Her research focus has been to investigate the genetic and epigenetic markers involved in the cancer initiation and its translational application. Currently she is working in Department of oral and maxillofacial diseases investigating the role of exosomes in stem cells differentiation and its translational applications. She is a main author of 22 high level scientific publications in the field.