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I have an extensive background in experimental studies and physico-chemical characterization of surfaces, interfaces, nanoscale layers and particle materials in close connection to material science, biophysics and nanotechnology. I received my PhD in 1999 from the Department of Physical Chemistry at Åbo Akademi University. After this I worked 10 years at KSV Instruments Ltd/Biolin Scientific Oy, a company providing high-tech, precision analytical instruments for nanoscale study of interfaces. In January 2010 I returned to academia as a senior researcher at University of Helsinki and held an Academy of Finland Research Fellow position between August 2010 - July 2015. In 2018 I obtained a university lecturer position in pharmaceutical technology at University of Helsinki, and since 1.9.2021 I have been appointed as a professor in New Drug Formulations (position shared between University of Helsinki and Åbo Akademi University). I am also a group leader of the Pharmaceutical Biophysics research group at the Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Helsinki and a member of the BioNanoMaterials group at Åbo Akademi University. My main research focus is to utilize model surfaces, living cells, nanoscience and –technology, and various physico-chemical label-free characterization techniques (e.g., surface plasmon resonance, quartz crystal microbalance and time-resolved Raman spectroscopy) and well-established tools in life sciences to improve the mechanistic understanding of drug and nanoparticle action and delivery.
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Professor, Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki
1 Sept 2021 → …
Docent in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki
1 Sept 2020 → …
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01/05/23 → 30/04/25
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In Vitro Characterization and Real-Time Label-Free Assessment of the Interaction of Chitosan-Coated Niosomes with Intestinal Cellular MonolayersScurti, E., Martins, J. P., Celia, C., Palumbo, P., Lombardi, F., Iannotta, D., Di Marzio, L., Santos, H. A. & Viitala, T., 13 Jun 2023, In: Langmuir. 39, 23, p. 8255-8266 12 p.
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Monitoring silica core@shell nanoparticle-bacterial film interactions using the multi-parametric surface plasmon resonance techniqueMustafa, R. A., Parkkila, P., Rosenholm, J. M., Zhang, H. & Viitala, T., Aug 2023, In: Smart Medicine. 2, 3, 16 p., e20230012.
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Tähtinen, V., Gulumkar, V., Maity, S. K., Yliperttula, A. M., Siekkinen, S., Laine, T., Lisitsyna, E., Haapalehto, I., Viitala, T., Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, E., Yliperttula, M. & Virta, P., 19 Jan 2022, In: Bioconjugate Chemistry. 33, 1, p. 206-218 13 p.
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Co‐delivery CPT and PTX prodrug with a photo/thermo‐responsive nanoplatform for triple‐negative breast cancer therapyZhou, W., Ma, X., Wang, J., Xu, X., Koivisto, O., Feng, J., Viitala, T. & Zhang, H., 27 Dec 2022, In: Smart Medicine.
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Biopharmaceutics of topical ophthalmic suspensions: Importance of viscosity and particle size in ocular absorption of indomethacinToropainen, E., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Novakovic, D., Del Amo, E. M., Vellonen, K. S., Ruponen, M., Viitala, T., Korhonen, O., Auriola, S., Hellinen, L., Reinisalo, M., Tengvall, U., Choi, S., Absar, M., Strachan, C. & Urtti, A., Apr 2021, In: Pharmaceutics. 13, 4, 452.
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