Stem cells and mitochondria //

Group members

PI: Riikka Martikainen (Hämäläinen)
PhD, Research Director

Postdoctoral fellows
Shalem Modi 

Doctoral students
Sanna Ryytty
Toni Juntunen
Tuuli-Maria Sonninen
Minna Oksanen (co-supervised with Jari Koistinaho) 

Project researchers
Lidiia Plotnikova

Riikka Martikainen (Hämäläinen) Details

PhD, Research Director
University of Eastern Finland
A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences
P.O.Box 1627 (Neulaniementie 2)
FI-70211 Kuopio, FINLAND

Room 3122/Bioteknia 1
Phone + 358 (0)50 5999538
E-mail: riikka.martikainen(at)

Major research interests

  • mitochondrial disease and stem cells energetics
  • molecular mechanisms underlying mitochondrial disease, with focus on neural and cardiac models
  • mitochondrial function and energy metabolism of stem cells in normal and pathological conditions

Academic degrees

  • PhD in Molecular Medicine, University of Helsinki 2006
  • MSc in Biochemistry, University of Helsinki 1998


  • 2019 - Research Director, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
  • 2015-2019 Academy Research Fellow, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
  • 2010-2014 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2007-2010 Post-doctoral Fellow, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Toronto, Canada
  • 1998-2006 PhD student, University of Helsinki and Folkhälsan Research Center