Minna Vainio

University Lecturer, Physiology and Genetics (Department of Biology)

+358 29 450 4236
+358 50 347 3125

Vesilinnantie 5
Office: 132

Areas of expertise
cell signalling; endocrinology; receptors; web-based teaching


I have been a university lecturer
(or teacher) at University of Turku since 1997. I studied cell biology in
University of Jyväskylä for 1990-1994. For 1994-1997 I made my PhD at the Minerva
Research Institute and at Åbo Akademi University (Department of Biology) in
professor Kid Törnquists research group 1994-2000 and obtained my PhD from
University of Turku in 2000. Since 1997 I have worked at the University of Turku
as a teacher and study advisor. I have been interested in  and a member of work groups related to work
well being / human resources, educational development, and quality management. Starting
from August 2017 I have been the deputy head of the Department for educational


My research consists mainly
studies of G protein –coupled receptors in cell models and endocrine systems. I
did my post doc in professor Mika Scheinins lab in Department of Biomedicine
university of Turku, and after that I have collaborated with several groups in
biomedicine and biology.


I have lectured courses in
cell and animal physiology from basics to advanced level. I have also given
hands-on training in cell biology, cell culture, animal physiology, and
histology. In 2010 I finished my Pedagogical Studies in Higher Education (60
ECTS) and I am a subject teacher in Biology.  I have been a member in several work groups
and projects related to development of (web-based) teaching and study guidance.


A new method for measuring thyroid hormones using nano-LC-MS/MS (2018)
Journal of Chromatography B
Suvi Ruuskanen, Bin-Yan Hsu, Arttu Heinonen, Minna Vainio, Veerle M. Darras, Tom Sarraude, Anne Rokka
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Hypoxia exposure and B-type natriuretic peptide release from Langendorff heart of rats (2017)
Acta Physiologica
Anttila K, Streng T, Pispa J, Vainio M, Nikinmaa M
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Adenosine Inhibits Tumor Cell Invasion via Receptor-Independent Mechanisms. (2014)
Molecular Cancer Research
Virtanen SS, Kukkonen-Macchi A, Vainio M, Elima K, Härkönen PL, Jalkanen S, Yegutkin GG
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Corticosterone secretion patterns prior to spring and autumn migration differ in free-living barn swallows (Hirundo rustica L.) (2013)
Raja-aho S, Lehikoinen E, Suorsa P, Nikinmaa M, Vainio M, Vosloo D, Eeva T
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Communication Between the Calcium and cAMP Pathways Regulate the Expression of the TSH Receptor: TRPC2 in the Center of Action (2012)
Molecular Endocrinology -Baltimore-
Lof C, Sukumaran P, Viitanen T, Vainio M, Kemppainen K, Pulli I, Nasman J, Kukkonen JP, Tornquist K
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Antinociceptive Synergism of MD-354 and Clonidine. Part II. The alpha(2)-Adrenoceptor Component (2010)
Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Supplement
Young S, Vainio M, Scheinin M, Dukat M
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Last updated on 2019-15-06 at 02:20