Janne T Koivisto

Janne Koivisto

Affiliated to research

Post doc researcher in Bone Biology group of Tuomas Näreoja. Hydrogel expert aiming to develop 3D bone disease model with co-culture of different bone cell types inside a hydrogel scaffold.

About me

I studied materials science and engineering at Tampere University of Technology (Finland), majoring in biomaterials and tissue engineering. Did my masters thesis about differentiation of peripheral sensory neurons from human iPS cells in the Heart group of prof. Katriina Aalto-Setälä, University of Tampere and graduated 2013. After graduation worked first as research assistant and then as doctoral student in prof. Minna Kellomäki's Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering group in the Hydrogel project, while also maintaining a position in the Heart Group. Graduated as Doctor of Science (Tech.) in December 2019 with the thesis topic "Development and characterization of gellan gum based hydrogels for soft tissue engineering applications".

I did my first post doc, 1.5 years, in the Microelectronics Research Unit in University of Oulu (Finland) under the supervision of docent Gabriela Lorite. There I studied the interactions of carbon nanotubes with hydrogel biomaterials and gained deeper understanding of hydrogel rheology.

Currently (since October 2020) I'm on my second post doc in Assist. Prof. Tuomas Näreoja's Bone Biology group, Division of Pathology, Department of Laboratory Medicine. My aim is to develop 3D bone disease model and provide the necessary hydrogel characterization related to our model system.

In autumn 2021 I was on a research visit to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, to learn more about rheology and microrheology in the Applied Mechanics research group of Prof. Dr. Norbert Willenbacher.

Research description

- Hydrogels and their characterization

- 3D co-culture of bone cell types

- Differentiation of bone


B.Sc.(Tech.) 2010, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland

M.Sc.(Tech.) 2013, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland

D.Sc.(Tech.) 2019, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Award for doctoral thesis approved with distinction given by the the Industrial Research Fund at Tampere University of Technology.