About – Board members

Kumpula JFC is a networking group aiming at providing the junior faculty staff with:

  • the opportunity to network with each other;
  • advance their career, within and beyond academia;
  • promote their well-being;
  • foster the connections between the early-career staff and the permanent faculty.


Kumpula JFC Board Members


Heather Jameson – Vice-chair

– Treasurer

Andrea Rodil García – Secretary

Xavier Prasanna – Chair

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at University of Helsinki. My research focuses on examining biophysical processes using molecular dynamics simulations. I largely work on investigating lipid interactions with specific classes of proteins which play important role in human diseases such as cancer, obesity, diabetes etc.



Olli-Pekka Siira – Board Member

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Micrometeorology research group of the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) at the University of Helsinki. I work on the research projects related to the Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center, and the Catch the Carbon program. I have expertise on natural ecosystem studies. On my research work, I focus on climate change issues. On my leisure time, I am interested in biodiversity observation, outdoor recreation, music and arts.


Marina Ferreira – Board Member

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Mathematical Physics group of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. My research focuses on the analysis of coagulation equations arising in atmospheric science. I am eager to contribute to a welcoming community and to support early stage researchers finding our way in Academia or beyond!



Xiaoli Liu – Board Member

I received my PhD degree in mathematics from the University of Helsinki and currently I am a postdoc at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Helsinki. My research focuses on data analysis, distributed systems, and edge intelligence. I would like to make contribution to boost the careers of early-stage researchers.



Former board members:

  • Ekaterina Mukoseeva
  • Gianni Vettese
  • Bernhard Reischl
  • William Bower
  • Thiago Brito
  • Hanna Help
  • Venus Keus
  • Ganapati Sahoo
  • Andrea Sand
  • Mirkka Sarparanta
  • Anna Shcherbacheva
  • Chang-Fang Wang
  • Huan Yang
  • Eleanna Asvestari
  • Tatiana Bubba
  • Ashwin Rao
  • Oscar Henriksson