Meet the board

Maureen Akinyi, board member, interim chair

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.

Tânia Keiko Shishido Joutsen, board member, secretary

(on maternity leave)

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.

Pia Kinaret, board member, communications

I obtained my PhD degree  in year 2017 and I am currently studying immunotoxicity and immunomodulatory effects of engineered nanomaterials at the Institute of Biotechnology. ViPA is actively promoting and organising courses, networking possibilities and events for postdoctoral fellows. I wish to be part of ViPA’s important effort to improve postdoctoral training and creating dynamic research environment for postdocs!

Janne Wallenius, board member

I started as a postdoc in the Fungal Genetics and Biotechnology group in the beginning of 2019. I work on fungal enzymes related to aromatic metabolism. I joined VIPA board with the hope of contributing and strengthening the multidisciplinary postdoc network over the departments.

Gustavo Borin, board member

I am Brazilian biologist and I moved to Helsinki in 2020 to work as a postdoc researcher at UH. My research addresses lignin bioconversion and valorization by microorganisms, with focus on metabolic pathways, enzymes and fungal biology. Although I am relatively new in ViPA board, I saw in this the opportunity to improve other important skills that sometimes we cannot develop working in the academy. Besides, ViPA makes you think outside the box in a friendly and enriching environment with other postdocs of different areas.  Join us you too!


Previous Members

Joanna Kowalczyk, former chair

I have been a postdoc in the 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.


Daniel Toddie-Moore (secretary, vice chair)

Konstantin Kogan

Windi Muziasari

Maryna Chukhlieb

Former BiPA members