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Daniela Elena Ungureanu, PhD, Docent


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Research interests

Daniela Ungureanu is a CO-PI at the Taipale group in Biomedicum, Helsinki. She received her PhD in Molecular Immunology at the University of Tampere. During her postdoctoral training she transitioned to structural biology and worked on JAK pseudokinases structural and functional characterization and their role in myeloproliferative diseases in the group of Prof. Olli Silvenoinen at the University of Tampere. In 2014 she started her own independent research group (Cancer Signaling) as Academy of Finland Research Fellow working on structural and functional characterization of ROR pseudokinases during cancer development at the University of Tampere.

In 2020, she started as a CO-PI in Taipale group at the Applied Tumor Biology Program in Biomedicum, Helsinki. We take a systems-biology approach to understand how tissue-specific factors collaborate with oncogenic signals to drive cell proliferation in cancer cells. She is also involved in several collaboration projects where the drug testing platform developed at FIMM has been applied to uncover novel drug vulnerabilities in cancer cells.

Education/Academic qualification

Molecular and Cellular Biology , Docent (Associate Prof.), University of Tampere

Molecular Immunology , PhD, University of Tampere

External positions

Cancer Signaling , Tampere University

Fields of Science

  • 3111 Biomedicine
  • Cancer Genetics, Molecular biology, Cell biology
  • Pseudokinases
  • 318 Medical biotechnology


  • 1 Meeting Abstract

Identifying ovarian cancer specific targeted drugs using high-throughput drug sensitivity profiles of primary cancer cells

Murumagi, A., Hirasawa, A., Khan, S., Ungureanu, D., Arjama, M., Pellinen, T., Eldfors, S., Koivisto-Korander, R., Leminen, A., Butzow, R., Aittokallio, T. & Kallioniemi, O., Jul 2017, In : Cancer Research. 77, Supplement 13, 2 p., 410.

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