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.

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 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.

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.

Pia Kinaret

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 in creating dynamic research environment for postdocs.

Previous Members

Konstantin Kogan

Windi Muziasari

Maryna Chukhlieb

Former BiPA members