Our Human Spare Parts team consists of over 140 people – students, researchers and doctors from many fields of expertise. There are automation and microelectronic engineers, medical doctors, biochemists, biologists, physics, laboratory professionals and many other experts in our team. We have top-level expertise in biomaterials, sensor technology, biomedical engineering and stem cells. Breaking the walls between different professions, cross-disciplinary research topics and intersectional thinking and innovations makes our team and the Human Spare Parts research program unique. Let us introduce five of our team members.

Cell biology

Mari Pekkanen-Mattila – Making heart beat on glass arrays

Biochemist, PhD, Mari Pekkanen-Mattila has been studying heartbeat on a plate ever since from the beginning, from 2005. Mari leads us to the world of thumping heart cells and tells why they are a revolution for heart disease research and drug development.

Micro- and nanotechnology

Joose Kreutzer – Building homes for stem cells

“You could say that me and the guys here are building homes for stem cells”, tells Joose Kreutzer, an engineer who has been working with cell related technologies for over 10 years. Read more what the architect of cell size homes thinks about his work.