Meet the board

Maureen Akinyi

I am originally from Kenya and moved to Helsinki for my postdoc after receiving my Ph.D in Trieste, Italy in 2015. I am passionate about Biology and even more so RNA biology. I joined ViPA to get more involved in the University and contribute to developing a vibrant network of postdocs through organization of both scientific and social activities.

Konstantin Kogan

I’m a postdoc in the Pekka Lappalainen’s lab, investigating molecular mechanisms of actin turnover in the cell, by applying X-ray crystallography, biochemical assays in vitro and imaging techniques of the living cells. I’m part of VIPA to promote communication between postdocs, to help integrate the newcomers and to organize events. I’m very curious about people, their research, and communities. 

Windi Muziasari

I am a global citizen from Indonesia and living in Helsinki since 2010. My current work is the project manager of antibiotic resistance in the Indonesian river at the University of Helsinki as the postdoctoral researcher. I am also the owner and founder of Resistomap oy, a startup company which provides a service to analyse hundreds of antibiotic resistance genes in the environmental samples using genomic methods.

I have PhD degree in Biotechnology from the University of Helsinki in 2016 with the topic on antibiotic resistance in the aquaculture environment and Master degree in environmental science from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea on bacterial genetic in Microbial Fuel Cell. I am interested in science communication, business life and teaching.

Daniel Toddie-Moore

I have been a postdoc in Osamu Shimmi’s lab since 2014. I work on coupling mechanisms  between epithelial morphogenesis and extracellular signalling. I am part of ViPA to encourage a sense of community amongst postdocs and to help provide postdocs with opportunities that can enhance their future careers.

Joanna Kowalczyk

I am a postdoc in Fungal Genetics and Biotechnology group since 2017. Fungi are fascinating microorganisms and have a major commercial impact in product areas including food and feed, pulp and paper, textiles, detergents, beverages, bio-fuel and chemical production. I believe that better understanding of fungal molecular biology is critical for the sustainable, knowledge-based bio-economy. I joined ViPA to promote social integration and professional development among postdocs.

Tânia Keiko Shishido Joutsen

I am a postdoctoral researcher studying natural products produced by microbial communities living in lichens. I am a biologist from Brazil, but I have been living in Finland since 2010 and during this period I obtained my PhD in microbiology and I am currently working in the group of Petri Auvinen at the Institute of Biotechnology, HILIFE. I joined VIPA board with the hope to improve postdocs lives and networking possibilities within the University life.