Kaisa Ivaska-Papaioannou
PhD, Adjunct professor (docent)


+358 29 450 4622

+358 50 407 6533

Kiinamyllynkatu 10


Office: C421

ORCID identifier: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7482-7623



Areas of expertise
bone; bone cell biology; bone metabolism; bone turnover markers; osteoporosis; diabetes; biomedicine; cell biology


Docent in Cell Biology 2012

Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology and Metabolism


Bone and energy metabolism

Bone is not only a structural organ but interacts with other cells in the bone marrow microenvironment and also exerts endocrine functions. Our reserach group is interested in the crosstalk between bone metabolism and energy metabolism.

Our current research interests include the role of bone-derived hormones, or osteokines, in local and whole body energy metabolism, and the interactions between bone cells and bone marrow adipocytes in bone microenvironment. We are also interested in the effects of type 2 diabetes on bone metabolism and bone metabolic markers. One of the markers is osteocalcin, which could provide a possible molecular link between bone and energy metabolism in humans. Our long term goal is to understand how changes in energy metabolism affect bone cells, bone-derived hormones, bone turnover and bone microenvironment. We use cell culture and cell-based methods and human samples obtained from clinical collaborators.

Group members: Milja Arponen (PhD student), Niki Jalava (PhD student), Ronja Ojala (PhD student, Turku PET Centre), Nicko Widjaja (research assistant), YImeng Chen (undergraduate student), Sana Rais (undergraduate student)

Funding: Academy of Finland

  • Cell biology and histology for students in Biomedicine (Bachelor’s Degree Programme) and for the first year medical students. Textbooks we use are: Alberts et al. Essential Cell Biology, Alberts et al. Molecular BIology of the Cell, Young et al. Wheater's Functional Histology.
  • Laboratory courses. "Methods in Cell Biology (including cell culture techniqes) for students in Biomedicine and for medical students selected for a 2-year Research Track in Molecular Medicine.
  • Mentoring students in biomedicine students during the 3-yr degree programme
  • Participating actively in the planning of the curriculum (in particular, 1st yr BSc studies).

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