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Adjunct professor in pharmaceutical surface chemistry and biophysics.

I am the co-group leader of the Pharmaceutical Biophysics research group at the Division of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, Finland (UH). The Pharmaceutical Biophysics research group develops and uses powerful new hybrid experimental-computational tools to gain mechanistic understanding of the key intermolecular interactions involved in drug action and delivery. A special interest of mine is to develop novel real-time label-free experimental in vitro platforms as complementary tools for existing static biological assays and animal tests in the field of preclinical drug research and drug discovery. I primarily use the multi-parametric surface plasmon resonance (MP-SPR) and impedance-based quartz crystal microbalance techniques (QCM-Z) as detection platforms in my research. I had a 5 year Academy Research Fellow position in 2010-2015 and have 10 years work experience from surface chemistry instrument manufacturing industry (2000-2010).
My research group is part of the Drug Research Program at the Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Helsinki and I collaborate with departments from several national and international universities (e.g. Åbo Akademi, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology, Padova University and University of Montreal) and companies (e.g. Bionavis Ltd, Biolin Scientific Oy and Accurion GmbH).
I am lecturing in the basic course in Pharmacokinetics, and advanced courses in Physical Pharmacy and Introduction to Nanosciences. I integrate my research into teaching by supervising master´s and PhD students within my research focus areas.

Information om forskning och undervisning



  • 317 Farmaci
  • 221 Nanoteknologi
  • 116 Kemi

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.


Real-Time Label-Free Monitoring of Nanoparticle Cell Uptake

Suutari, T., Silen, T., Sen Karaman, D., Saari, H., Desai, D., Kerkelä, E., Laitinen, S., Hanzlikova, M., Rosenholm, J. M., Yliperttula, M. & Viitala, T., 7 dec 2016, I : Small. 12, 45, s. 6289-6300 12 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Feasibility Study of the Permeability and Uptake of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles across the Blood-Brain Barrier

Baghirov, H., Karaman, D., Viitala, T., Duchanoy, A., Lou, Y-R., Mamaeva, V., Pryazhnikov, E., Khiroug, L., Davies, C. D. L., Sahlgren, C. & Rosenholm, J. M., 22 aug 2016, I : PLoS One. 11, 8, 22 s., 0160705.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

Elucidating the Signal Responses of Multi-Parametric Surface Plasmon Resonance Living Cell Sensing: A Comparison between Optical Modeling and Drug-MDCKII Cell Interaction Measurements

Viitala, T., Granqvist, N., Hallila, S., Ravina, M. & Yliperttula, M., 27 aug 2013, I : PLoS One. 8, 8, 13 s., 72192.

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Öppen tillgång

Printing technologies in fabrication of drug delivery systems

Kolakovic, R., Viitala, T., Ihalainen, P., Genina, N., Peltonen, J. & Sandler, N., dec 2013, I : Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery. 10, 12, s. 1711-1723 13 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragÖversiktsartikelVetenskapligPeer review



Innoopeli Prize 2019 for Digileap in Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy

Siven, Mia (!!Recipient), Kapp, Karmen (!!Recipient), Pohjanoksa-Mäntylä, Marika (!!Recipient), Viitala, Tapani (!!Recipient), Lauren, Patrick (!!Recipient), Lindqvist, Karl Kristian (!!Recipient), Ilona Niittynen (!!Recipient), Sonja Virtanen (!!Recipient) & Vilma Rossi (!!Recipient), 2019

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser


Director of the research line studies in pharmaceutics

Tapani Viitala (Deltagare)

jun 2018 → …

Aktivitet: Andra aktivitetstyperTyper av övriga aktiviteter - Extern undervisning och koordinering av ämne

Defense committee member for PhD thesis of Dina Lakayan Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Tapani Viitala (Opponent)

19 dec 2018

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperOpponent i doktorsavhandling

Follow-up group member for PhD thesis of João Crispim Encarnação (Uppsala University)

Tapani Viitala (Medlem i avhandlingskommitté)

1 okt 2018

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperMedlem i doktorsavhandlingskommitté

Mendeleev Communications (Tidskrift)

Tapani Viitala (Referentgranskare)

19 okt 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteReferentgranskning av manuskript