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Research interests

Medicinal chemistry of

  • combating bacterial biofilms and Gram-negative bacteria with novel antimicrobial compounds
  • chemical induction of cellular reprogramming and differentiation
  • targeting intracellular protozoan parasites (Leishmania sp., Plasmodium falciparum)
  • bioactive terpenes of marine and forest sources
  • novel synthesis methods of bioactive compounds

Topics of recent publications 

  • Design, synthesis and biological activity of compounds targeted to Pim and the C1 domain of PKC
  • Terpene-derived compounds as antileishmanial agents
  • Design, synthesis and biological activity of heterocycles and terpenoids against pathogenic parasites and Gram-negative bacteria
  • Benzo[cd]azulenes: synthesis of azulene, heptafulvene, and tropone derivatives and activity against Pim kinases

Teaching activities

  • Person-in-Charge of the organic chemistry in life sciences curriculum in the Viikki Campus

Recent administrative duties

  • Vice Dean for Research, Faculty of Pharmacy, 2018-
  • Head of the Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, 2014-2017
  • President of the Finnish Chemical Society, 2016-2018
  • Co-ordinator of the Marie Curie project PRINT-AID, 2017-
  • Vice Co-ordinator of the EC-FP7 projects MAREX, 2010-14 & GLORIA, 2013-18
  • Member of the CBRN Division of the Scientific Advisory Board for Defence, 2006-
  • Member of the Pharmacopoeia Committee of the Finnish Medicines Agency, 2010-
  • Member of the Expert Panel: FWO Research Foundation - Flanders, Belgium, 2012-2015

Fields of Science

  • 317 Pharmacy
  • medicinal chemistry
  • pharmaceutical chemistry
  • natural product chemistry
  • 116 Chemical sciences
  • organic chemistry

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.