marraskuu 17

Dissertation: Tuomo Kiiskinen

Tuomo Kiiskinen, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine, Doctoral Program in Population Health, University of Helsinki, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), HiLIFE
Linking genetic risk factors of complex disorders and health burden in populations

Opponent: professor Valeriya Lyssenko, University of Bergen

Aloitusaika: 17.11.2023 13:00
Lopetusaika: 17.11.2023 15:00
Kesto: 2 hours
Sijainti: Biomedicum1, lecture hall 2, Haartmaninkatu 8, 00290 Helsinki
Tyyppi: Dissertation
Organisaatio: UH, Faculty of Medicine
Yhteyshenkilö: tuomo.kiiskinen@helsinki.fi
marraskuu 20

HiLIFE webinar / Viikki Monday Seminar: Toni Lyn Morelli

The Science of Resistance: Climate Change Refugia, Species Vulnerability, and Translational Ecology

Toni Lyn Morelli is a world-leading Research Ecologist with the US Geological Survey, based at the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center. In her work she has taken a truly transformative approach in developing theory, how we conduct science, and how we can maximize its impact for society. Her efforts in improving science for all have been recognized by national and faculty awards including a USGS Star award, and the University of Massachusetts’s inaugural award for improving equity and inclusion. Toni Lyn has an academic history of extensive travel, including field work in Kenya, Madagascar, and the Congo where she was a US Forest Service Central Africa Technical Advisor before moving to the University of Massachusetts, where she leads a large, diverse lab of students and postdoctoral fellows. Toni Lyn uses geospatial analysis, species distribution modeling, occupancy modeling, and population and landscape genetics techniques to facilitate natural resource management and habitat and species conservation in the face of climate and land use change. Her current work focuses on the impacts of global change, especially on winter-adapted systems, in addition to continuing her research in East Africa. 



We welcome everyone for glögi/coffee with Dr. Morelli at Viikki Biocenter 3 5th floor coffee room after the seminar. If you wish to have a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Morelli, please contact katja.ronka@helsinki.fi to book an appointment! 

PhD students (and postdocs) will also have the opportunity to learn more about Toni Lyn’s fascinating science and career over HiLife student lunch in Kartano on the following day, Tuesday 21st at 12. Please confirm your participation with Katja (katja.ronka@helsinki.fi) by November 20th the latest. 

Toni Lyn will be happy to discuss e.g. climate adaptation, species resilience, translational ecology or scientific lab meeting practices. For more information on her earlier work, including with lemurs, follow this link for a comic on her research!  


Welcome to this exciting seminar!  

Katja Rönkä 


Selected publications 

Morelli, T.L., C.J. Brown-Lima, J.M. Allen, E.M. Beaury*, E.J. Fusco, A. Barker-Plotkin, B.B. Laginhas*, B. Quirion, B. Griffin, B. McLaughlin, L. Munro, N. Olmstead, J. Richburg, & B.A. Bradley. 2021. Translational Invasion Ecology: Bridging research and practice to address one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. Biological Invasions 23: 3323-3335.  

Morelli, T.L., et al. 2020. Biodiversity Change in the Slow Lane: Advances in Refugia Thinking. Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment 18(5): 228-234.  

Morelli, T.L./Wallingford, P.D.*, et al. 2020. Adjusting the lens of invasion biology to focus on the impacts of climate-driven range shifts. Nature Climate Change 10:398-405.  

Sirén, A.P.K.* & T.L. Morelli. 2020. Interactive range-limit theory (iRLT): a theoretical extension for predicting range shifts. Journal of Animal Ecology 89: 940-954.   

Golden, N.*, K. Devarajan*, C. Balantic, J. Drake*, M.T. Hallworth & T.L. Morelli. 2021. Ten Simple Rules for Productive Lab Meetings. PLOS Computational Biology 17(5): e1008953.  


University of Helsinki students please note: If you wish to obtain credits (DPBM, ILS) from this webinar series, please name yourself in Zoom with first name + last name. 

Aloitusaika: 20.11.2023 14:15
Lopetusaika: 20.11.2023 15:15
Tyyppi: Seminar
Organisaatio: Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE
Yhteyshenkilö: hilife-seminars@helsinki.fi
marraskuu 22

Stem Cell Seminar

Satu KuureJourney to developmental biology: stem cell biology meets disease modeling

Vladislav Iaroshenko, Regulation of ureteric bud tip progenitor status and morphology during kidney development

Tomáš ZárybnickýExploring RNA transport in development and function in hESC-derived spinal motor neurons


Kari Vaahtomeri, Inam Liaqat, Cell migration guidance in lymphatic system


Coffee is served at 8:30

Stem Cell Seminars is a Viikki-Meilahti Cross-Campus seminar series that has been running 4 times/year since 2014.

Organized by Pekka Katajisto, Timo Otonkoski and Emilia Kuuluvainen, Centre of Excellence in Stem Cell Metabolism

Aloitusaika: 22.11.2023 09:00
Lopetusaika: 22.11.2023 11:00
Kesto: 2 hours
Sijainti: Haartman Institute, lecture hall 2, Haartmaninkatu 3, 00290 Helsinki
Tyyppi: Seminar
Organisaatio: Centre of Excellence in Stem Cell Metabolism
Yhteyshenkilö: emilia.kuuluvainen@helsinki.fi
marraskuu 22

iCAN science seminar: Harnessing the microenvironment for early interception in kidney cancer, Dr. Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell is a Clinician Scientist whose research is focussed on the early genesis of kidney cancer. He is also a practicing urologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital where he treats patients with kidney cancer. He leads a research group at the Early Cancer Institute at the University of Cambridge.

His work in cancer genetics began by creating computational tools to infer how and when the genetic changes acquired in cancer occurred. These tools, when applied to kidney cancer showed that the initiating event occurred many decades prior to diagnosis (Mitchell et al. Cell, 2018). The findings highlighted long latent period during which early intervention might occur. However, it was not clear what form such interception might be.

Since then he has concentrated his research efforts in understanding processes that occur at a multi cellular level after cancer initiation, through the use of single cell sequencing (Young et al. Science 2018). His most recent work closely examined the cellular processes that occur at the tumour-normal interface (Li et al. Cancer Cell 2022). In particular, a subset of macrophages appear to drive epithelial to mesenchyme transition in cancer cells. He is now looking at ways to translate these findings so that they could be of therapeutic benefits to the patient's he treats in Addenbrooke's Hospital.


Aloitusaika: 22.11.2023 12:00
Lopetusaika: 22.11.2023 13:00
Sijainti: Biomedicum 1, seminar room 1-2
Tyyppi: Seminar
Organisaatio: iCAN Flagship Team
Yhteyshenkilö: ican@helsinki.fi
marraskuu 22

Pharmacology Seminars: Veera Kainulainen

Next generation probiotics – part of personalized medicine in the future
Veera Kainulainen, Research/RPU, UH

Aloitusaika: 22.11.2023 14:00
Lopetusaika: 22.11.2023 14:45
Kesto: 45 minutes
Sijainti: Biomedicum 1, seminar room B201a
Tyyppi: Seminar
Organisaatio: UH, Faculty of Medicine
Yhteyshenkilö: anni-maija.linden@helsinki.fi