• PL 65 (Viikinkaari 1)




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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

We're studying the development of neuronal networks in the basal ganglia of the rodent brain and their involvement in the movement and attention disorders.

Curriculum vitae

I am a neuroscientist, specializing in cellular electrophysiology. My research expertise is synaptic transmission in the brain, its development and plasticity.


–           October 2020 Title of Docent, Faculty of Bio- and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland

–           December 2006 Ph.D. in Physiology, Tampere University School of Medicine, Finland.

–           December 1999 M.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, St.-Petersburg State University, Russia.

Current employment

–           September 2019 - present group leader, Academy of Finland principal investigator, Basal ganglia circuits research group, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Previous work experience

–           February 2018 – August 2019 post-doctoral researcher, Medical Neurogenetics group (Dr. Henna Tyynismaa), Molecular Neurology, RPU, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland.

–           July 2017 – January 2018 researcher, Synaptic Plasticity and Neuronal Synchronization (Prof. Tomi Taira), Neuroscience Center, University of Helsinki, Finland.
External collaborations:                            
Pluripotency and disease modeling group (Prof. Timo Otonkoski), RPU, Molecular Neurology, University of Helsinki, Finland.   
Neuronal Signaling group (Prof. Dan Lindholm), Dpt. Of Biochemistry and Developmental Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland.

–           July 2016 – June 2017 Sigrid Juselius Foundation visiting researcher, Laboratory of synaptic development and plasticity, Neuroscience Center, University of Helsinki, Finland.

–           March 2013 – June 2016 post-doctoral researcher, Laboratory of Neurophysiology, Université Libre de Bruxelles and Neurophysiology, Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Hasselt, Belgium.

–           September 2006 – February 2013 Academy of Finland post-doctoral researcher, Laboratory of synaptic development and plasticity, Neuroscience Center and Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

–           June 2002 – August 2006 Ph.D. student, Department of Physiology, Tampere University Medical School, Tampere Finland

–           November 1997 – May 2002 Junior scientist, laboratory of neurochemistry, I.M. Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Career Break: maternity leave 08.2009-11.2010, 80 % position from 12.2010 to 06.2011

Fields of Science

  • 3112 Neurosciences

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.