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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:

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).

Fields of Science

  • 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

Improved synthesis of [18F] fallypride and characterization of a Huntington’s disease mouse model, zQ175DN KI, using longitudinal PET imaging of D2/D3 receptors

Huhtala, T., Poutiainen, P., Rytkönen, J., Lehtimäki, K., Parkkari, T., Kasanen, I., Airaksinen, A. J., Koivula, T., Sweeney, P., Kontkanen, O., Wityak, J., Dominiquez, C. & Park, L. C., 5 Aug 2019, In : EJNMMI Radiopharmacy and Chemistry. 4, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Porous Silicon as a Platform for Radiation Theranostics Together with a Novel RIB-Based Radiolanthanoid

Jakobsson, U., Mäkilä, E., Airaksinen, A. J., Alanen, O., Etile, A., Köster, U., Ranjan, S., Salonen, J., Santos, H. A. & Helariutta, K., 12 Mar 2019, In : Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging. 2019, 9 p., 3728563.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Radiolabeled Molecular Imaging Probes for the in Vivo Evaluation of Cellulose Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications

Imlimthan, S., Otaru, S., Keinänen, O., Correia, A., Lintinen, K., Almeida Santos, H., Airaksinen, A., Kostiainen, M. & Sarparanta, M., Feb 2019, In : Biomacromolecules. 20, 2, p. 674–683 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-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

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

Supervision of PhD-studies

Anu Airaksinen (Supervisor)
2016 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Pre-examiner of a doctoral thesis

Anu Airaksinen (Pre-examiner)

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Nature Protocols (Journal)

Anu Airaksinen (Reviewer)
2015 → …

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

Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals (Journal)

Anu Airaksinen (Reviewer)
2015 → …

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