Johanna Ivaska

Mari Johanna Ivaska (born 1972) is a cancer researcher and molecular cell biology academy professor in University of Turku, Finland.[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Johanna Ivaska was born 1972 in Turku, Finland.[2] Her father is emeritus analytical chemistry professor Ari Ivaska.[3] She did her master's studies in University of Turku. Her PhD on collagen-binding integrins in University of Turku was give an honorary mention for an excellent PhD thesis by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku in 2001.[4] After receiving a PhD she moved to London, UK for a postdoctoral work on investigating how integrins and protein kinases work together in cancer migration at Cancer Research UK with professor Peter J. Parker.[1]

Academic career and researchEdit

Ivaska established her lab in 2003 at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.[1] Currently Ivaska Lab is situated in Turku Centre for Biotechnology.[5] Ivaska's research concentrates on cell surface receptors called integrins and how these affect to cancer cell migration, invasion, tumour-stroma crosstalk and other processes that promote cancer progression. Research aims to find novel regulators for integrin activity, understanding the integrin traffic, and link between integrin activity regulation and mechanosensing. The group also does research on cellular machinery that facilitates cancer cell migration. In this, filopodia are important. Ivaska's group has discovered unconventional myosin that regulates filopodia formation, possibly providing a potential cancer therapeutic.[1][5]

Awards and honoursEdit

Major grantsEdit


Personal lifeEdit

She is married to immunology professor Marko Salmi and they have twin girls (born 2005).[2] Her hobbies include marathon running that she also does for charity, boating and outdoor life in the Archipelago Sea.[2][3]


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  2. ^ a b c "Kaksosten äitinä on ihanaa" [I love being a mom for twins] (PDF) (in Finnish). 2018-11-13.
  3. ^ a b "Maratonharrastaja Johanna Ivaska on huipputason rintasyöpätutkija ja äiti – "Suomessa on mahdollisuus saada sekä ura että perhe"". Ilta-Sanomat (in Finnish). 2018-05-19. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Prof. Johanna Ivaska - AcademiaNet". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  5. ^ a b "Ivaska Lab website". Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  6. ^ Lilja, Johanna; Zacharchenko, Thomas; Georgiadou, Maria; Jacquemet, Guillaume; Franceschi, Nicola De; Peuhu, Emilia; Hamidi, Hellyeh; Pouwels, Jeroen; Martens, Victoria (2017-03-06). "SHANK proteins limit integrin activation by directly interacting with Rap1 and R-Ras". Nature Cell Biology. 19 (4): 292–305. doi:10.1038/ncb3487. ISSN 1465-7392. PMC 5386136. PMID 28263956.
  7. ^ "Medix prize awarded for cancer research at the University of Turku". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  8. ^ "Elias Tillandz Prize 2017 Awarded to Two Research Groups in BioCity Symposium". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  9. ^ "A.I. Virtanen Prize award ceremony". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  10. ^ Pellinen, Teijo; Tuomi, Saara; Arjonen, Antti; et al. (2008-09-01). "Integrin Trafficking Regulated by Rab21 Is Necessary for Cytokinesis". Developmental Cell. 15 (3): 371–385. doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2008.08.001. hdl:10138/24598. ISSN 1534-5807. PMID 18804435.
  11. ^ Rantala, Juha K.; Pouwels, Jeroen; Pellinen, Teijo; Veltel, Stefan; Laasola, Petra; Mattila, Elina; Potter, Christopher S.; Duffy, Ted; Sundberg, John P. (2011-09-25). "SHARPIN is an endogenous inhibitor of β1-integrin activation". Nature Cell Biology. 13 (11): 1315–1324. doi:10.1038/ncb2340. ISSN 1465-7392. PMC 3257806. PMID 21947080.
  12. ^ "Medix-palkinto professori Johanna Ivaskan tutkimusryhmälle - UTUonline - Turun yliopiston verkkolehti". (in Finnish). Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  13. ^ Grönvall, Ursula. "Medix-palkinto Johanna Ivaskan tutkimusryhmälle". Mediuutiset (in Finnish). Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  14. ^ "Mari Johanna Ivaska selected as a 2007 TOYP Honoree". Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  15. ^ "Europe's best young group leaders win EMBO support". EMBO. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  16. ^ "ERC FUNDED PROJECTS". ERC: European Research Council. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  17. ^ "Myönnetyt apurahat 2013 - Syöpäjärjestöt". Syöpäjärjestöt (in Finnish). Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  18. ^ "Syvemmälle, vihje kerrallaan - Roosanauha". Roosanauha (in Finnish). 2017-09-29. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  19. ^ Short, Ben (2015-11-23). "New editorial board members". The Journal of Cell Biology. 211 (4): 723–727. doi:10.1083/jcb.201511023. ISSN 0021-9525. PMC 4657179.
  20. ^ "Editorial Board: Cell Reports". Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  21. ^ "Editors and Board | Journal of Cell Science". Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  22. ^ Instrumentariumin, tiedesäätiö. "Instrumentariumin tiedesäätiö - Board". Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  23. ^ "Find people in the EMBO Communities". Retrieved 2018-11-20.

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