Feb - May 2019 - A busy few months.... snippets below
- The boss organised a successful GRC conference "Fibronectin, Integrins and Related Molecules" in the beautiful backdrop of Lucca, Italy.
- Lots of funding for members of the lab:
Emmi: Academy of Finland Researcher grant! Looking forward to seeing the Peuhu lab develop!
Paulina: Academy of Finland Postdoctoral fellowship!
Guillaume: starting grant from the Juselius foundation! The Jacquemet lab will soon follow!
James: Marie Curie fellowship!
Jaroslav: Started his EMBO LTF!
and many more (Hussein, Martina, Johanna, Elisa, Ilkka)
- Two manuscripts and two reviews done - (see publications)
- We hosted many amazing speakers! Gertraud Orend (INSERM, Strasbourg, FR), Vicky Sanz-Moreno (Queen Mary Univ. of London, UK), Michael Samuel (Univ. South Australia) and Gautier Follain (Jacky Goetz lab, INSERM, Strasbourg, FR)
- We had a science day with the Wickström lab! Thank you guys for the great talks and wonderful company!
- After all of this, we had a well-deserved lab lunch and a relaxing yoga session in sunny Turku
January 2019 - HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!
- Two publications done and celebrated with cake and bubbly. One, the "filopodome" was published in Current Biology and the other was an integrin trafficking review for the 20th anniversary of Nature Cell Biology. See publications.
- Max joins us for his ERASMUS project. Welcome!
Main event - Pranshu goes from student to Dr! Congrats on getting your PhD and thanks for the party! Also a big thanks to Guido Serini (Pranshu's PhD examiner).
Double award! After the first in August, the work by Lilja et al., wins the Medix prize for the best international publication in Finland in 2017!
Ivaska lab science day at Turku Botanical Gardens! Paulina acquires a cactus leaf, from the tour guide, for cooking purposes.... obviously!
July - August 2018, a recap of the summer - A very successful annual BioCity symposium "Seeing the Invisible" on 23rd-24th! Amazing speakers, sailing and evening entertainment! Another plus, we won the Elias Tillandz prize for best publication in Turku in 2017 (Lilja et al., NCB)!
- James Conway, previously from the Paul Timpson lab, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia, joins the lab!
- Sad to say goodbye to Maria G after 4 wonderful years in the group. We will miss you! Good luck in your next endeavours!
- Our Nat Cancer Rev on integrins in cancer is published!
- ProLIF, a technique to reconstitute integrins in liposomes, finally out in J Cell Sci.
- At last, a complied list of support messages from our charity run in May 2018! Thank you everyone!
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We are interested in understanding how integrins contribute to almost every step of cancer progression. Current projects focus on finding novel regulators of integrin activity, and endo/exosomal traffic, and on appreciating the mechanisms controlling tumour-stroma cross-talk, including how cancer cells sense key biophysical cues and how filopodia contribute to these processes. In addition, we are now using our expertise in these areas, combined with technological advances, to explore the role of integrin-mediated adhesions in maintaining stem cell pluripotency, a concept that is currently underappreciated. This is an exciting new area of research for our lab and one which we hope will lead to exciting discoveries.