Turku BioScience

Turku Bioscience Centre
University of Turku and Åbo Akademi

UniversityTykistökatu 6A
20520 Turku

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Research Interests:

We are interested in understanding molecular mechanisms of regulation of human immune response and pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes and other human immune mediated diseases. T cells orchestrate our immune system and a proper balance of T cells is crucial for immune defense in healthy individuals. In autoimmune diseases, out-of-control T cells drive pathologic inflammatory responses with devastating consequences for patients. Our studies have resulted in the identification of novel molecular mechanisms and new regulators of T cell functions.
Our projects in progress focus on

  • Factors and regulatory networks controlling human T-cell differentiation and function
  • Early immune response in children who develop Type 1 Diabetes to understand the disease process and to identify new biomarkers to improve predicting, monitoring, and early diagnosis.