News

  • Johanna becomes a member of Academia Europaea!

    Johanna has been appointed a member of the Academia Europaea scientific community. The European Academy of Sciences covers all disciplines and invites distinguished scientists to become members based on peer review.

  • Worldwide Cancer Research funding!

    We are very excited to receive funding from WWCR to study how the normal breast tissue microenvironment prevents tumour formation through IGFBP2 secretion (2023-2025).

  • We have a new Postdoc and PhD student! Welcome both!

    Omkar joined us in May from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India to do his doctoral studies. Michal joined us in June from the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, as a postdoctoral researcher.

  • Successful establishment of a new Center of Excellence from Academy of Finland !

    Ivaska Lab looking forward to exciting 8 years with the BarrierForce Center of Excellence. The CoE, directed by Johanna Ivaska, was selected as one of 11 new Aacdemy of Finland Centers of Excellence (2022-2029).To find out more please visit the dedicated website !

  • Successful funding of ERKKO grant application !

    Excited to receive a 990 000 eur grant to study Cancer metastasis – new biological paradigms as drug targets from Jane and Aatod Erkko -foundation for 2022-2025

  • Hanna is joining the lab !

    We are delighted to have Hanna Parkkola in the lab! She is back to her roots in cell culture after momentarily venturing into the wild world of protein chemistry. Welcome back!

  • Mitro Miikhinen defended his PhD thesis in September !

    Thanks to Staffan Strömblad, the opponent of Mitro from University of Stockholm for the visit. It was a great time. Now Mitro is going to be fine, studying hardcore statistics! The best of luck!

  • Paulina’s paper is accepted !!

    Celebrating our recent publication in Nature Cell Biology and the associated Highlight written by Pat Caswell ! Thanks Pat !

  • Martina Lerche defended her PhD thesis in September – such a RUSH !

    Warm thank to Patrick Caswell, her opponent from University of Manchester, for joining us in person. It was an amazing scientific discussion. Now Martina is fighting border guards to enter the US and join the lab of Clare Waterman! Good luck !

  • Mathilde is joining the lab !

    Mathilde has joined us as a postdoc from Institut Curie, FR. She is leaving the world of extracellular vesicules to study biomechanics ! How intense ?! Mathilde arrived in Turku during winter time, when there was snow everywhere and ice on the ground. It required a few days to adapt and not fall sliping on…

  • Megan joins us as a postdoc!

    Megan has joined us as a postdoc from Manchester, UK. She spent 10 days in quarantine when she arrived in Turku. A tough thing to do in a new place. Hopefully, the rest of your postdoc will be easier! Welcome to the lab!

  • Siiri Salomaa defended her PhD thesis in September – it was awesome!

    A big thanks to Siiri’s opponent Pirta Hotulainen from the Minerva Foundation Institute for Medical Research, University of Helsinki for joining us in person. It was a great discussion and now Siiri is off to the UK for her first postdoc! Good luck Siiri, you are going to be dearly missed!