Cellular Biophysics group is interested about cellular mechanics, focusing on nuclear mechanotransduction. We want to understand how physical and mechanical cues can influence cell physiology and gene expression. In our studies we use different cell based models, biomaterials, live and fixed cell light microscopy and “genomics”-approaches. Our long term goal is to understand how physical force can alter gene expression and how this force sensitivity is altered in diseases like cancer.
Teemu Ihalainen studied physics and cell biology in University of Jyväskylä. After completing his PhD regarding intranuclear protein dynamics, he conducted his postdoctoral phases in ETH Zurich, University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. He was Academy of Finland postdoctoral fellow in Tampere University before receiving Academy Research Fellow position for starting his group “Cellular Biophysics”.