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Description of research and teaching

Development of new radiotracers for brain research and for studying nanoparticle mediated drug delivery with positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission tomography (SPECT).

Teaching at courses: Radiopharmaceutical chemistry, Radionuclide production and tracer techniques, and Organic chemistry I.

Curriculum vitae

Current position:

Associate professor (tenure-track)

Group leader in Radiopharmaceutical chemistry (since 2008)


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), University of Kuopio, Finland, Major subject: Biochemistry, Research field: Chemistry in Biosciences (2003). Topic of the doctoral dissertation: New tropane analogues as potential brain imaging agents: Synthesis, conformational study and in vitro/in vivo evaluation.

Docent in Radiochemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland (2011).

Post-doctoral research positions:

Vrije Universiteit, Radionuclidencentrum/Vrije Universiteit Medisch Centrum, Nucleaire Geneeskunde en PET Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2002 - 2004).

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical neuroscience, Section of Psychiatry, Stockholm, Sweden (2005- 2006).

University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry, Laboratory of Radiochemistry (Academy of Finland, Postdoctoral researcher´s project: 2007 - 2009, Academy research fellow 2010 - 2016).


  • 116 Chemical sciences
  • radiopharmaceutical chemistry
  • positron emission tomography
  • single photon emission computed tomography
  • PET
  • nanotechnology

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1999 2019

Recycling of 18O enriched water used in 18F cyclotron production

Todorov, B., Belovezhdova, I., Alanen, O., Airaksinen, A. J. & Djingova, R., 2019, In : Applied Radiation and Isotopes. 145, p. 109-115 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Abscopal Effect in Non-injected Tumors Achieved with Cytokine-Armed Oncolytic Adenovirus

Havunen, R., Santos, J. M., Sorsa, S., Rantapero, T., Lumen, D., Siurala, M., Airaksinen, A. J., Cervera-Carrascon, V., Tähtinen, S., Kanerva, A. & Hemminki, A., 21 Dec 2018, In : Molecular Therapy - Oncolytics. 11, p. 109-121 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Delivery of Agents Into Articular Cartilage With Electric Spark-Induced Sound Waves

Pérez, A. G., Nieminen, H. J., Finnilä, M., Salmi, A., Pritzker, K. P. H., Lampsijärvi, E., Paulin, T., Airaksinen, A. J., Saarakkala, S. & Haeggström, E., 16 Oct 2018, In : Frontiers in Physics. 6, 7 p., 116.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Efficient cartridge purification for producing high molar activity [18F]fluoro-glycoconjugates via oxime formation

Keinänen, O., Partelová, D., Alanen, O., Antopolsky, M., Sarparanta, M. & Airaksinen, A. J., 2018, In : Nuclear Medicine and Biology. 67, p. 27-35 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Multimodality Imaging of Silica and Silicon Materials In Vivo

Şen, K. D., P., S. M., M., R. J. & J., A. A., 13 Jun 2018, In : Advanced Materials. 30, 24, 26 p., 1703651.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2000 2020


Award for Young Scientist 2007

Anu Airaksinen (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prizes and awards

GSK Young Investigator Award

Anu Airaksinen (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1994 2016

Supervision of PhD-studies

Anu Airaksinen (Supervisor)
2016 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

9th International Conference on Nuclear and Radiochemistry NRC9

Anu Airaksinen (Attendee)
29 Aug 20162 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Finnish Chemical Society (External organisation)

Anu Airaksinen (Board member)
2015 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Nature Protocols (Journal)

Anu Airaksinen (Reviewer)
2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Pre-examiner of a doctoral thesis

Anu Airaksinen (Pre-examiner)

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis