About

The research actitivies are managed by the PIs of the six research groups at PSL. Besides the post-doctoral researchers, senior researchers, and PhD students, we also host a varying number of visiting researchers/professors and MSc students especially within our own programmes in Drug Development and Medical Technology (FM) & Pharmacy (Provisor), as well as Drug Discovery & Development (UTU) and Biomedical Imaging (UTU & ÅAU) as well as ERASMUS and other interns.

Principal Investigators (Group Leaders)

Pharmaceutical Development

Head of Discipline (Pharmacy)

Tel + 358 2 215 3255

email jessica.rosenholm@abo.fi

Dr. Outi Salo-Ahen

Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Head of BSc (Pharm.) Education

Tel +358 2 215 4009

email outi.salo-ahen@abo.fi

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Prof. Tapani Viitala

Novel Drug Formulations

50% University of Helsinki

Tel + 358 50 415 4529

email tapani.viitala@abo.fi

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Dr. Anne Filppula

Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Head of MSc (Pharm.) Education

Tel + 358 50 340 1124

email anne.filppula@abo.fi

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Assoc. Prof. Hongbo Zhang

Drug Development and Diagnostics (Tenure-Track)

Tel +358 2 215 4009

email hzhang@abo.fi

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Dr. Xiaoju Wang

Academy of Finland Research Fellow

2020-2025 (20% affiliated with Natural Materials Technology)

Affiliated Group Leaders/PIs

Prof. Niklas Sandler Chief Technology Officer at Nanoform 
Dr. Tuomas Näreoja, Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Senior researchers/Postdocs

Dr. Kuldeep Bansal
Dr. Xiaoyu Xu
Dr. Jixiang Wang
Dr. Neeraj Prabhakar

Dr. Özge Karadas

Dr. Mirja Palo

Dr. Aryane Vigato

Dr. Parthiban Marimuthu

Dr. Chang Liu

Dr. Rajendra Bhadane

Dr. Fadak Howaili

Dr. Yunru Yu

Entrepreneur in Residence (Commercial Lead) Heidi Koivisto, Comitell project (Business Finland).

Visiting Professor Sergey Filippov, University of Reading, UK.

Visiting Professor Yue Ma, Jiangsu University, China.

Lecturers (in addition to above)

Ulla-Mari Parkkisenniemi-Kinnunen, FaD (Senior lecturer)
Anne Eriksson, farmaceut, FM (University teacher)
Johan Nyman, DI, FM (University teacher)

PhD Students

Rawand Abdulrahman, M.Sc. (Pharm.)
Ida Alanko, M.Sc. (Pharm.Sci.)
Emel Bakay, M.Sc. (Biomed. Eng.)
Yu Chen, M.Med. (Surgery)
Fanny Frejborg, M.Sc.(Drug Discovery & Development)

Xiwen Geng, M.Sc. (Pathogen Biology)
Wali Inam, M.Sc. (Drug Discovery & Development)

Yuanyuan Jiang,  M. Sc. (Pharm.) 
Oliver Koivisto, M.Sc. (Genetics)
Chengcheng Li, M. Sc. (Pharm.)
Johan Nyman, M.Sc.(Chem. Eng. & Pharm. Sci.)
Xiaodong Ma, M.Sc. (Organic Chemistry)
Alaa Mahran, M.Sc.(Pharm.)

Rathna Mathiyalagan M.Sc.(Chem.)
Dhayakumar Rajan Prakash, M.Sc. (Nano. Med.)

​Govardhanam Narayana Prakirth, M.Sc. (BIMA)
Meixin Ran, M.Sc. (Pharm. Sci.)
Sara Rosenberg, M.Sc.(Pharm.)

Atefeh Saadabadi, M.Sc.
Erica Sjöholm M.Sc.(Pharm.Sci)
Anna Slita, M.Sc.(Bio)
​Jiaqi Yan, M. Sc. (Pharm.)
Wu Yang, M.Med. (Clinical Medicine)
Jyoti Verma, M.Pharm.

Li Wang, M. Sc. (Pharm.) 
Yonghui Wang, M. Sc. (Pharm, Cell Biology)
Longxi Wu, M. Sc. (Pharm.)
Kexin Yi, M. Sc. (Pharm.)
Yu Zhang, M.Sc. (Med.)
Wenhui Zhou, M.Med. 
Pengzhen Zhuang, M.Sc. (Mater Sci and Engineer)

Ezgi Özliseli, M.Sc. (BIMA)


 

Docents

Mia Bengtström (Pharma Industry Finland) - Docent in Industrial Pharmaceutical Research and Pharmacovigilance
Pirjo Tajarobi (AstraZeneca) - Docent in Industrial Pharmaceutical Technology
Mervi Vasänge (OrionPharma) - Docent in Industrial Preclinical Drug Development
Adyary Fallarero (ThermoFischer) - Docent in Bioassays and Biomolecular Screening
Outi Salo-Ahen (ÅAU) - Docent in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Drug Design
Petri Ihalainen (MetGen) - Docent in Printing Technologies in Fabrication of Drug Delivery Systems
Malena Skogman (UniHelsinki) - Docent in Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Tapani Viitala (UniHelsinki) - Docent in Pharmaceutical Surface Chemistry and Biophysics
Björn Södergård (Sveriges läkarförbund) - Docent in Social Pharmacy and Pharmacoeconomics
Carina Stenfors (Orion Pharma) - Docent in Drug Research
Niklas Sandler (Nanoform, Curify) - Docent in Advanced Pharmaceutical Technologies
ÅAU Honorary Doctor & Adjunct Professor (Drug Development and Diagnostics) 2016 - 2018
Thomas Rades, University of Copenhagen

M.Sc. students

Various MSc students especially from our own Master's programme in Drug Development & Medical Technology (from 2021 MSc in Pharmacy) as well as from the joint MSc programme in Biomedical Imaging between University of Turku (UTU) and Åbo Akademi University as well as Drug Discovery and Development (UTU) take part in our activities.

Alumni & Visiting researchers

Current:
  • Olga Bulgyna, intern, University of Turku (2022-2023)
  • Akash James, intern, University of Turku (2022-)
  • Aliaa Ali, intern, University of Turku (2022-)
  • Alexandra Andrisinova, intern, University of Vienna (2022)
  • Ceren Celik, ERASMUS intern, İzmir Institute of Technology, Turkey (2021-22)
  • Marcela Rivera, MSc. Internship, University of Turku (Biomedical imaging) (2021-22)
  • Şerife Beyza Türe, MSc. Internship, Bülent Ecevit University, Erasmus, Turkey (2021)
  • Alaa Ahmed Abd El-rhman, Teaching and research assistant, Pharmaceutics Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Assiut University, Egypt (2021-)
  • Oskar Backman, MSc thesis worker at Natural Materials Technology (2021-)
  • ​Sofia Lisina, visiting PhD student (Pharm.) SPCPU, Russia (2019-)
  • Akmal Nipu, MSc thesis worker (ÅA/Bioimaging)
  • Anand Kalgudi, MSc thesis worker, UTU / Bioinformatics
  • Lilly Holm, MSc thesis worker (2019-)
PhD Graduates (and their LinkedIn pages):
 
Olli Salin (2011)
Malena Skogman (2012)
Daniela Karlsson (2013)
Mohit Narwal (2014)
Didem Sen Karaman (2016)
Diti Desai (2016)
​Eva von Haartman (2017)
Mirja Palo (2017)
Suvi Manner (2017)
Hossein Vakili (2018)
Neeraj Prabhakar (2018)
Emrah Yildir (2018)
Tina Gulin-Sarfraz (2019)​
​Zehua Liu (co-supervised, 2019)
Henrika Wickström (2020)
Heidi Öblom (2021) 
Chang Liu (2022)

 
Alumni:
İlayda Özliseli, lab intern, Hacettepe University, Turkey (2022)
Cengizhan Susuz, ERASMUS+ intern, Anadolu University, Turkey (2022)
Silva Hazer, summer intern, ÅAU (2022)
Entrepeneur in Residence (Commercial Lead) Sebastian Soidinsalo, Jasmine PRO (2021-2022)
Dr. Xue Zhang, postdoctoral researcher (2020-2021)
Yonghai Feng, ​Visiting professor, Jiangsu University, China (2021-2022)
Minjia Meng, Visiting professor, Jiangsu University, China (2021-2022)
Nie Qi, MSc thesis worker, Åbo Akademi University (2022)

​​Behice Süren, ERASMUS+ intern, İzmir Katip Celebi University, Turkey (2021-22)

Dr. Mijanur Rahman, postdoctoral researcher jointly with Laboratory of Molecular Science and Engineering (2021-2022)

Akash James, MSc thesis worker (UTU / Biomedical Science, Medicinal and Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry) (2021-2022)

Jovana Degenek, HPC-Europa3 guest researcher, Serbia (2022)

Aliaa Ali, summer intern & MSc thesis worker, MSc programme in Drug Discovery and Development (UTU) (2021-2022)

Salim Baali, visiting PhD student, Algeria (2022)

Jasmin Pyrhönen, MSc thesis worker (2020-21)

​Ronja Hellman, MSc thesis worker (2019-21)

Linda Wilkman, MSc (Pharm.Sci) thesis worker (2017-21)

​Kia Peura, MSc (Pharm.Sci.) thesis worker (2020-21)

Lisa Lindfors, MSc (Pharm.Sci.) thesis worker (2020-21)

Anna-Mari Haapanen-Saaristo, laboratory intern, Biomedical Imaging MSc programme (2020-2021)

Visiting Prof. Sergey Filippov, Harvard University, USA (2019-2021)

Paulina Frolovaité, MSc thesis worker, UTU/ Bioinformatics MSc programme (2020-2021)

Fadak Howaili,  visiting PhD student (Nanobiotechnology), Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran (2019-2020)

Cassandre Rouanet, thesis worker, Institut Universitaire Technologique Génie Biologique of Laval/Erasmus, France (2021)​
Brajesh Shrestha, MSc thesis worker, ÅAU (2020-2021)
Nazia Hassan, MSc thesis worker, UTU/Drug Disovery & Development (2019-2021)
Tzu-Chen Rautio, MSc thesis worker, UTU (2019-2021)
Doroteja Bednjanec, MSc thesis worker, ÅAU (2019-2021)
Deependra Yadav, MSc thesis worker, UTU (2019-2021)
Visiting Assoc. Prof. Junnian Zhou, Beijing Institute of Radiation Medicine, Beijing, China (2019-2021)
Visiting Assoc. Prof. Yong Guo, National Research Institute for Family Planning, Beijing, China (2019-2021)
Sajana Manandhar, MSc thesis worker (Analytical Chemistry) (2020)
Akash James (UTU), summer intern (2020)
Niklas Salo (ÅAU Biosciences), summer student (2020)
Orhan Koçak, visiting PhD student, Akdeniz University, Turkey (2020)
Wanping He, MSc thesis worker, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, China (2019-2020)
Rebecca Sandberg (Cell Biology),  MSc thesis worker (2019-2020)
Ville Järvinen (Physics), MSc thesis worker (2019-2020)
​Alaa Benkherouf, laboratory intern, UTU/Biomedical Imaging (2020)
​Dado Tokic,MSc thesis worker, UTU/Drug Disovery & Development (2019-2020)
Dr. Berrin Küçüktürkmen, Ankara University Faculty of Pharmacy, Turkey (2019-2020)
Oksana Terenteva, visiting PhD student, St Petersburg Chemical Pharmaceutical University, Russia (2019)
Oliver Koivisto, MSc thesis worker, UTU/Genetics (2019)
Zala Kobentar, Erasmus student, Slovenia (2019)
Nina Hrvatic, Erasmus student, Slovenia (2019)
Nina Ravbar, Erasmus student, Slovenia (2019)
Maciej Izyk, Erasmus student, Poland (2019)
Dagmara Szynkiewicz, Medical University of Gdansk, Poland (2019)
Harri Heikkinen, MSc course Intership, UTU/Molecular system biology (2019)
Sami Sanlidag, BIMA intern & MSc thesis worker (2017-2019)​
Jiaqi Yan, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, China (2018-2019)
Laura Leenesonne, MSc thesis worker, Ghent University/Erasmus, Belgium (2019)​
Maren Preis, postdoc, Germany (2016-2019)
Jenny Henriksson, laboratory intern (cell biology) 2019
Annika Alander, laboratory intern (pharmacy) 2019
Zeynep Pamukcu, Erasmus+ trainee, Turkey (2019)
Tamara Somborac, MSc thesis worker, UTU/Drug Disovery & Development MSc programme (2018-2019)
Salim Baali, visiting PhD student, Algeria (2019)
Klara Kuret, MSc thesis worker (Erasmus student) (2019)
Julia Krebs, Master intership, Germany (2019)
​Ahmed Hassan Ibrahim, Department of Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy, Al-Azhar University, Egypt (2018-2019)
​​Abrar Taiseer, MSc thesis worker,  UTU/Drug Disovery & Development MSc programme (2018-2019)
Mariam Gouda, MSc thesis worker, UTU/Drug Disovery & Development MSc programme (2018-2019)
​Alexandra Manea, MSc thesis worker, UTU/Drug Disovery & Development MSc programme (2018-2019)
Dr. Ajay Verma, Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of M.P./Smriti College of Pharmaceutical Education, India (2018-19)
Associate Professor Yuezhou Zhang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China (2017-2019)
Xiaodong Ma, Huaihai Technology University, China (2018-2019)
Johanna Wik, MSc thesis worker (2018-2019)
​Assoc. Prof. Ming Ma, China Academy of Science (2018)​
Marco Lago, MSc thesis worker, University of Padua, Italy (2018)
Tanzeela Bashir, Intership, Oulu University (2018)
Rukiye Nur Akpolat, Intership, Turkey (2018)
Minghua Yao, Tongji University Affiliated Hospital, China (2018)
Korbinian Weisensee, MSc thesis worker, Germany (2017-2018)
Severien Standaert, MSc thesis worker, Ghent University (2018)
Asst. prof. Yasuharu Kashiwagura, University of Shizuoka, Japan (2018)
Peiru Yang, Visiting MSc student, Jiangsu University Hospital, China (2017-2018)
Zahra Gounani, EDUFI fellowship, Iran (2017-2018)
Shahadat Hossain, Research Assistant (2017-2018)
Jing Tu, postdoc, the Netherlands/China (2017-2018)
Lisa Hanauer, Internship, Germany (2017)
Aleksandra Orłowska, ERASMUS student, Poland (2017)
Ibrahim Mamudu, ERASMUS student, Turkey (2017)
Azam Rashidian, MSc thesis worker, UTU (2017)
Jaakko Suominen, project researcher (2016-2017)
Kalaimathy Singaravelu, project assistant (2016-2017)
Jenny Holländer, University of Helsinki (2016-2017)
Helene Kettiger, postdoc, Switzerland       (Jan 2016 - June 2017)
Darya Demidenok, Visiting PhD student, Russia (2016-2017)
Bram Bogaert, MSc thesis worker, Ghent, Belgium (2017)
Aino Oisalo, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (2016-2017)
Jhinuk Rahman, Germany (2016-2017)
Meltem Guzelgulen, Ege university, Turkey (2017)
Arpita Paul, Erasmus trainee, Germany/India (2017)
Giorgia Patrignani, Erasmus trainee, Italy (2017)
Eudald Casals Mercadal, postdoc, Spain (Jan 2015 - Dec 2016)
Lingeshwar Reddy Kumbam, CIMO fellowship, India (2015-2016)
Victor Diaz, Erasmus trainee, Spain (2016)
Ines Pollmann, Graduate Research Intern, Germany (2016)
Anouk Broos, MSc student, Belgium (2016)
Paulina Przychodzeń, MSc student, Poland (2016)
Kübra Olagan, Erasmus trainee, Turkey (2016)
Sami Sanlidag, Turkey (Apr-May 2016)
Melahat Seda Aydin, Erasmus trainee, Turkey (2016)
Cecilia Antman, MSc, Project researcher (2016)
Yasmin Thabet, Germany (2016)
Koji Nakano, visiting PhD student, Japan (2015-2016)
Lingeshwar Reddy Kumbam, CIMO PhD student, India (2015-2016)
Anna Slita, Erasmus trainee, Russia (2015)
Magdalena Bigaj, Erasmus trainee, Poland (2015)
Ellen Hilgert, MSc student, Belgium (2015)
Josefa Ortiz, Erasmus trainee, Spain (2015) 
Kemal Cen Arat, Turkey (Aug-Sep 2015)
Natalja Genina, PhD, Project researcher (2011-2014)