Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi
PhD

Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology (Department of Biology)
University Lecturer, Molecular Plant Biology (Department of Biochemistry)

saijaliisa.kangasjarvi@utu.fi
+358 29 450 4204
+358 50 430 4639

Itäinen Pitkäkatu 4 C
Turku
Pharmacity
Office: 6039





Areas of expertise
Plant stress responses; organelle biology; light signalling; regulatory networks; plant metabolism

Biography
I have been working as a senior lecturer in the Molecular Plant Biology unit at the Department of Biochemistry since 2014. In parallel to my teaching activities, I am also running a research program entitled “Cross-talk between light acclimation and defence reactions in plants“.  This research was first promoted by a research grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation in 2008 and by an Academy Research Fellowship for 2009-2014. Currently, I am affiliated as a PI in the Center of Excellence “Moloecular Biology of Primary Producers”, 2014-2019. My  main emphasis is on metabolic regulation in plant immunity, which is funded by an Academy of Finland research grant for 2017-2021. My activities also include participation in scientific congresses, international evaluation panels and PhD committees, and organisation of international scientific meetings. In addition, I am a member in the council for Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society (SPPS) and in the Biocity Turku research programme “Advanced Bioresources and Smart Bioproducts - Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy”.

Research
My research focuses on stress resistance in plants. Ensuring nutritional security for the urbanizing world population will depend on the availability of disease-resistant crops with high post-harvest quality and yield. Plant resistance to environmental stress relies on mechanisms that sense, signal and respond to external cues, but the molecular mechanisms that execute appropriate defensive measures are not yet fully understood. During evolution, plants have evolved an amazing diversity of species-specific chemical defences, which can protect photosynthetic tissues against light-induced damage or prevent pathogens and pests from colonizing host plant tissues. Such plant-derived natural compounds also offer significant medicinal, health-promoting and sensory properties for mankind. The overall aim of our research is to elucidate regulatory networks underlying stress resistance in plants. Special attention is paid for light-dependent regulation of defensive measures, notably the formation of deterring secondary metabolites and their applicability in nutrition and medicine.


Teaching
My research and teaching post includes basic degree education as well as supervision of research projects and training of Finnish and international post-docs, PhD students and Master’s students, as well as trainees from the polytechnics. In basic degree education, I act as a personal teacher tutor for biochemistry students, whose studies and personal development I support by meeting and discussing in person. My contact teaching hours include basic and advanced lectures in molecular plant biology as well as practical courses in molecular biology and proteomics. In doctoral training, I participate in teaching of transferrable skills on courses organized by the University of Turku Doctoral Programme.





Publications
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Interaction of methyl viologen-induced chloroplast and mitochondrial signalling in Arabidopsis (2019)
Free Radical Biology and Medicine
Cui F., Brosché M., Shapiguzov A., He X., Vainonen J., Leppälä J.,Trotta A., Kangasjärvi S., Salojärvi J., Kangasjärvi J., Overmyer K.
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

70 Years of SPPS - outlook by Early-Career Principal Investigators (2018)
Physiologia Plantarum
Kangasjärvi S
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B1 Journal article)

The impact of light intensity on metabolomic profile of Arabidopsis thaliana wild type and reticulata mutant by NMR spectroscopy (2018)
Phytochemistry Letters
Tahereh Jafari, Moona Rahikainen, Elina Puljula, Jari Sinkkonen, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Trans-methylation reactions in plants: focus on the activated methyl cycle (2018)
Physiologia Plantarum
Rahikainen Moona, Alegre Sara, Trotta Andrea, Pascual Jesús, Kangasjärvi Saijaliisa
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A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Genome sequencing and population genomic analyses provide insights into the adaptive landscape of silver birch. (2017)
Nature Genetics
Salojärvi J, Smolander O-P, Nieminen K, Rajaraman S, Safronov O, Safdari P, Lamminmäki A, Immanen J, Lan T, Tanskanen J, Rastas P, Amiryousefi A, Jayaprakash B, Kammonen JI, Hagqvist R, Eswaran G, Ahonen VH, Serra JA, Asiegbu FO, de Dios Barajas-Lopez J, Blande D, Blokhina O, Blomster T, Broholm S, Brosché M, Cui F, Dardick C, Ehonen SE, Elomaa P, Escamez S, Fagerstedt KV, Fujii H, Gauthier A, Gollan PJ, Halimaa P, Heino PI, Himanen K, Hollender C, Kangasjärvi S, Kauppinen L, Kelleher CT, Kontunen-Soppela S, Koskinen JP, Kovalchuk A, Kärenlampi SO, Kärkönen AK, Lim K-J, Leppälä J, Macpherson L, Mikola J, Mouhu K, Mähönen AP, Niinemets Ü, Oksanen E, Overmyer K, Palva ET, Pazouki L, Pennanen V, Puhakainen T, Poczai P, Possen BJHM, Punkkinen M, Rahikainen MM, Rousi M, Ruonala R, van der Schoot C, Shapiguzov A, Sierla M, Sipilä TP, Sutela S, Teeri TH, Tervahauta AI, Vaattovaara A, Vahala J, Vetchinnikova L, Welling A, Wrzaczek M, Xu E, Paulin LG, Schulman AH, Lascoux M, Albert VA, Auvinen P, Helariutta Y, Kangasjärvi J
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

NMR study of age dependent metabolic adjustments in wild type and pp2a-b’γ mutant Arabidopsis thaliana (2017)
Phytochemistry Letters
Tahereh Jafaria, Guido Durian, Moona Rahikainen, Maaria Kortesniem, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi, Jari Sinkkonen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Plant Light Stress (2017)
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
Pascual Jesus, Rahikainen Moona, Kangasjärvi Saijaliisa
(
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

PP2A-B'γ modulates foliar trans-methylation capacity and the formation of 4-methoxy-indol-3-yl-methyl glucosinolate in Arabidopsis leaves (2017)
Plant Journal
Rahikainen Moona, Trotta Andrea, Alegre Garcia Sara, Pascual Jesus, Vuorinen Katariina, Overmyer Kirk, Moffatt Barbara, Ravanel Stephane, Glawischnig, Kangasjärvi Saijaliisa
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Natural Variation in Arabidopsis Cvi-0 Accession Reveals an Important Role of MPK12 in Guard Cell CO2 Signaling (2016)
PLoS Biology
Jakobson L, Vaahtera L, Tõldsepp K, Nuhkat M, Wang C, Wang YS, Hõrak H, Valk E, Pechter P, Sindarovska Y, Tang J, Xiao C, Xu Y, Gerst Talas U, García-Sosa AT, Kangasjärvi S, Maran U, Remm M, Roelfsema MR, Hu H, Kangasjärvi J, Loog M, Schroeder JI, Kollist H, Brosché M
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Photosystem II Repair and Plant Immunity: Lessons Learned from Arabidopsis Mutant Lacking the THYLAKOID LUMEN PROTEIN 18.3 (2016)
Frontiers in Plant Science
Jarvi S, Isojarvi J, Kangasjarvi S, Salojarvi J, Mamedov F, Suorsa M, Aro EM
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

PP2A Phosphatase as a Regulator of ROS Signaling in Plants (2016)
Antioxidants
Rahikainen Moona, Pascual Jesus, Alegre Sara, Durian Guido, Kangasjärvi Saijaliisa
(
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Protein Phosphatase 2A in the Regulatory Network Underlying Biotic Stress Resistance in Plants (2016)
Frontiers in Plant Science
Guido Durian, Moona Rahikainen, Sara Alegre, Mikael Brosché, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi
(
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Integration of photosynthesis, development and stress as an opportunity for plant biology. (2015)
New Phytologist
Allahverdiyeva Y, Battchikova N, Brosché M, Fujii H, Kangasjärvi S, Mulo P, Mähönen AP, Nieminen K, Overmyer K, Salojärvi J, Wrzaczek M
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) regulatory subunit B'γ interacts with cytoplasmic ACONITASE 3 and modulates the abundance of AOX1A and AOX1D in Arabidopsis thaliana (2015)
New Phytologist
Grzegorz Konert, Andrea Trotta, Petri Kouvonen, Moona Rahikainen, Guido Durian, Olga Blokhina, Kurt Fagerstedt, Dorota Muth, Garry L. Corthals, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Subunits B′γ and B′ζ of protein phosphatase 2A regulate photo-oxidative stress responses and growth in Arabidopsis thaliana (2015)
Plant, Cell and Environment
Grzegorz Konert, Moona Rahikainen, Andrea Trotta, Guido Durian, Jarkko Salojärvi, Sergey Khorobrykh, Esa Tyystjärvi, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Arabidopsis ANGULATA10 is required for thylakoid biogenesis and mesophyll development. (2014)
Journal of Experimental Botany
Rubén Casanova-Sáez, Eduardo Mateo-Bonmatí, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi, Héctor Candela, José Luis Micol
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A1 Journal article – refereed)

Effects of light and the regulatory B-subunit composition of protein phosphatase 2A on the susceptibility of Arabidopsis thaliana to aphid (Myzus persicae) infestation (2014)
Frontiers in Plant Science
Brwa Rasool, Barbara Karpinska, Grzegorz Konert, Guido Durian, Konstantin Denessiouk, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi, Christine H. Foyer
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Photosynthetic light reactions--an adjustable hub in basic production and plant immunity signaling. (2014)
Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi, Mikko Tikkanen, Guido Durian, Eva-Mari Aro
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A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Signalling crosstalk in light stress and immune reactions in plants (2014)
Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences
Andrea Trotta, Moona Rahikainen, Grzegorz Konert, Giovanni Finazzi, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi
(
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

The protein phosphatase subunit PP2A‐B′ γ is required to suppress day length‐dependent pathogenesis responses triggered by intracellular oxidative stress (2014)
New Phytologist
Shengchun Li, Amna Mhamdi, Andrea Trotta, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi, Graham Noctor
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)


Last updated on 2019-17-07 at 02:23