Tuula Penate Medina is residing biochemist in the MOIN CC. She works on the formulation, surface chemistry and labeling of the various nanoparticles and proteins that comes to the MOIN CC. She also works partly in the office on marketing in MOIN CC Services.
She got her PhD in Biochemistry from the Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki, Finland in 2007. Since then she has worked with signaling lipid ceramide. She also has a strong knowledge of different techniques used in lipid chemistry (Liposomal formulation, model membranes, fluoresce spectroscopy, confocal microscopy, and radioactive techniques) as well as protein and cellular techniques (protein purification, membrane proteins, enzyme kinetics and cellular studies).
She did her post-doc in New York in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 2006-2011 where she studied the role of ceramide as a cellular messenger molecule in the laboratory of Professor Kolesnick. Prior to that, she did her doctoral research focusing on sphingomyelinase enzyme effect on model membranes in Biophysical membrane laboratory of Professor Paavo Kinnunen at the University of Helsinki. She has also worked in a peptide core facility (University of Helsinki) and is familiar with different labeling techniques.