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Education/Academic qualification

Cell and Molecular Biology, PhD, University of Jyväskylä

Oct 2010May 2014

External positions

Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford

16 Jun 201431 Aug 2017


  • 1182 Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology
  • Macromolecular crystallography
  • Virology
  • virus entry
  • zoonoses

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

Publications 2012 2017

Idiosyncratic Mojiang virus attachment glycoprotein directs a host-cell entry pathway distinct from genetically related henipaviruses

Rissanen, I., Ahmed, A. A., Azarm, K., Beaty, S., Hong, P., Nambulli, S., Duprex, W. P., Lee, B. & Bowden, T. A., 12 Jul 2017, In : Nature Communications. 8, 11 p., 16060.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Structural Transitions of the Conserved and Metastable Hantaviral Glycoprotein Envelope

Rissanen, I., Stass, R., Zeltina, A., Li, S., Hepojoki, J., Harlos, K., Gilbert, R. J. C., Huiskonen, J. T. & Bowden, T. A., Nov 2017, In : Journal of Virology. 91, 21, 11 p., UNSP e00378-17.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

A Molecular-Level Account of the Antigenic Hantaviral Surface

Li, S., Rissanen, I., Zeltina, A., Hepojoki, J., Raghwani, J., Harlos, K., Pybus, O. G., Huiskonen, J. T. & Bowden, T. A., 3 May 2016, In : Cell Reports. 15, 5, p. 959-967 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Zika virus in the Americas: Early epidemiological and genetic findings

Faria, N. R., da Silva Azevedo, R. D. S., Kraemer, M. U. G., Souza, R., Cunha, M. S., Hill, S. C., Theze, J., Bonsall, M. B., Bowden, T. A., Rissanen, I., Rocco, I. M., Nogueira, J. S., Maeda, A. Y., da Silva Vasami, F. G., de Lima Macedo, F. L., Suzuki, A., Rodrigues, S. G., Ribeiro Cruz, A. C., Nunes, B. T., de Almeida Medeiros, D. B. & 37 othersGuerreiro Rodrigues, D. S., Nunes Queiroz, A. L., Pinto da Silva, E. V., Henriques, D. F., Travassos da Rosa, E. S., de Oliveira, C. S., Martins, L. C., Vasconcelos, H. B., Neves Casseb, L. M., Simith, D. D. B., Messina, J. P., Abade, L., Loureno, J., Junior Alcantara, L. C., de Lima, M. M., Giovanetti, M., Hay, S. I., de Oliveira, R. S., Lemos, P. D. S., de Oliveira, L. F., Silva de Lima, C. P., da Silva, S. P., de Vasconcelos, J. M., Franco, L., Cardoso, J. F., da Silva Gonalves Vianez-Junior, J. L., Mir, D., Bello, G., Delatorre, E., Khan, K., Creatore, M., Coelho, G. E., de Oliveira, W. K., Tesh, R., Pybus, O. G., Nunes, M. R. T. & Vasconcelos, P. F. C., 15 Apr 2016, In : Science. 352, 6283, p. 345-349 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The Minor Capsid Protein VP11 of Thermophilic Bacteriophage P23-77 Facilitates Virus Assembly by Using Lipid-Protein Interactions

Pawlowski, A., Moilanen, A. M., Rissanen, I., Maatta, J. A. E., Hytonen, V. P., Ihalainen, J. A. & Bamford, J. K. H., Aug 2015, In : Journal of Virology. 89, 15, p. 7593-7603 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2017 2020


Young Virologist of the Year (2018)

Ilona Rissanen (Recipient), Mar 2018

Prize: Prizes and awards