Doctoral training

A Warm Welcome to the 6th Cohort of the FIMM-EMBL International PhD Program!

The year 2015 brought a new collaboration to the FIMM-EMBL International PhD recruitment and training program. The University of Helsinki Neuroscience Center joined FIMM and the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) in the recruitment and joint rotational training of five new doctoral students. In August 2015, we welcomed Jie Bao, Pu Chen, Shabbeer Hassan, Sebnem Kesaf and Alina Malyutina, the five new FIMM-EMBL/HIIT/NC international doctoral students in molecular medicine, computational systems biology, and neuroscience. With the aims of diversifying individual research training and promoting connections and collaborations within FIMM and with our partners, our student-centered, institute-level rotation training provides doctoral students with a unique and exciting opportunity to explore different research areas, technologies and working environments. During the rotational training period, the PhD students engage in projects with two to three different research groups prior to selecting a research group in which to remain for their doctoral studies. Since the rotational period naturally lends itself to building interests that cross over between research groups, in the EMBL spirit, the rotation students have a great opportunity to be involved in collaborative projects. Read more about the FIMM-EMBL PhD students here

Jie Bao, Pu Chen, Alina Malyutina and Shabbeer Hassan, the new FIMM-EMBL international doctoral students.

Awardees of the University of Helsinki-funded Doctoral Candidate Positions

In the autumn, we congratulated five FIMM PhD students on winning the highly competitive University of Helsinki-funded Doctoral Candidate Positions which provide salary funding of 40,000 € per year for the time period indicated.

Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine
Riku Turkki   Group Lundin 1.1.2016-31.12.2017
Ella Karjalainen   Group Wennerberg   1.1.2016-31.12.2019
Jaakko Leinonen   Group Widén   1.1.2016-31.12.2017
Doctoral Programme in Integrative Life Sciences
Liye He   Group Aittokallio   1.1.2016-31.12.2018
Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research
Vesa Rahkama Group Kallioniem 1.1.2016-31.12.2018

Central Admission of PhD Students to FIMM Kicks In

Aiming to support FIMM group leaders and PhD students and recruit the best students internationally, the 2015 Doctoral Training Committee (DTC) at FIMM put into full action the central admission system for PhD students to FIMM by facilitating recruitment efforts of all new PhD students to the institute and carrying out reviews after the student’s first years. In addition, the DTC follows the scientific and thesis project progress of all ~60 PhD students, surveys each student’s financial situation and provides mentoring meetings on a gamut of topics.

2015 Doctoral Training Committee: Johan Lundin (Research Director, Group Leader), Gretchen Repasky (Senior Researcher, Research Training Coordinator), Janna Saarela (Research Director, Group Leader), Emmy Verschuren (FIMM-EMBL Group Leaded).

Peer mentoring: Learning together about soft skills

Refinement of soft skills during the early training years is beneficial for managing the rigor of scientific research as well as success in later career stages. Peer-to-peer interaction and sharing is one of the most powerful and influential approaches to learning, and through these efforts, the community aims to:

To this end, three dedicated doctoral students, Arjan van Adrichem, Jaakko Leinonen, and Tiia Luukkonen, designed and brought to life creative peer mentoring sessions on fostering motivation, time and project management, and saying no and asking for help. Discussions brought forward frank opinions and new ideas.

Arjan van Adrichem, Tiia Luukkonen and Jaakko Leinonen, peer mentoring session coordinators.

Congratulations to the new doctors who successfully defended their doctoral thesis during 2015!

20 March  Pirkka-Pekka Laurila  (Group Ripatti)
Molecular Link between Lipid Metabolism and Energy Homeostasis
17 April 2015  Diana Cousminer (Group Widén)
The Genetics of Pubertal Growth and Timing
17 April 2015    Maria Anastasina (Group Kainov)
Influenza A virus-host interactions and their control by NS1
24 April 2015    Matti Kankainen (Bioinformatics Unit)
Computational genomics of lactobacilli

Matti completed his doctoral studies with Liisa Holm in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki

5 May 2015   Evgeny Kulesskiy (HTB Unit)
Application of fluorescence resonance energy transfer to study syndecan-3 signalling on the surface of neural cells

Evgeny completed his thesis work with Heikki Rauvala in the Neuroscience Center, University of Helsinki

 Manuela Tumiati and her opponent, Associate Professor Madalena Tarsounas (University of Oxford).

16 June 2015  Yuexi Gu (Group Kuznetsov)
Implications of BRCA1 mutations in basal-like breast cancer development and treatment
7 September 2015 Suleiman Khan (Group Aittokallio)
Bayesian multi-view models for data-driven drug response analysis

Suleiman completed his thesis work with Samuel Kaski at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology and Aalto University.                                                                   

8 September 2015 Manuela Tumiati (Group Kuznetsov)
Rad51c is a tumor suppressor in mammary and sebaceous glands
16 October 2015     Priit Palta (Group Palotie)
Computational methods for DNA copy number detection

Priit completed his thesis work with Prof. Maido Remm at the University of Tartu, Estonia

20 October 2015    Tea Pemovska (Group Wennerberg)
Individualised chemical systems medicine of acute and chronic myeloid leukaemia

Tea Pemovska receiving the Biomedicum Helsinki Young Scientist Special Prize from Professor Tomi Mäkelä.


Doctoral Training