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Eija Laakkonen (former Pöllänen)

  • Senior Researcher
  • University of Jyväskylä
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My research interests are in the biological aspects of aging, physical activity and their interaction. My current research focuses on the effects of hormonal aging on muscle function, muscle and body composition, metabolism, their interaction, and association with disease risks. In addition, I study the role of physical activity/exercise in the regulation of muscle and whole body health during aging as well as the potential interactions with hormonal aging and their molecular markers. I use a wide range of the methods of molecular genetics including epigenetics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and microRNA expression studies as well as objective and subjective physical activity measurements, performance measurements, body composition assessments and structured questionnaires to get deeper understanding of the phenomena under investigation. My studies include human cohorts, mouse models, and cell experiments. The major aim is to improve understanding of detailed molecular and physiological mechanisms responsible for the maintenance of healthy interaction between muscle and other tissues while age is advancing.

Co-authors (147)

Publications (5)

  • Declining Physical Performance Associates with Serum FasL, miR-21, and miR-146a in Aging Sprinters

    • Kangas R
    • Törmäkangas T
    • Heinonen A
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  • Correction: Adipocytes as a link between gut microbiota-derived flagellin and hepatocyte fat accumulation

    • Munukka E
    • Wiklund P
    • Partanen T
    • et al.
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  • Effects of resistance training on expression of IGF-I splice variants in younger and older men

    • Ahtiainen J
    • Hulmi J
    • Lehti M
    • et al.
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  • Hormone replacement therapy enhances IGF-1 signaling in skeletal muscle by diminishing miR-182 and miR-223 expressions: A study on postmenopausal monozygotic twin pairs

    • Olivieri F
    • Ahtiainen M
    • Lazzarini R
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  • Hormone replacement therapy improves contractile function and myonuclear organization of single muscle fibres from postmenopausal monozygotic female twin pairs

    • Qaisar R
    • Renaud G
    • Hedstrom Y
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Professional experience

Senior Researcher

University of Jyväskylä

September 2014 - Present

Visiting Research Scholar at Prof. Dawn Lowe’s lab

University of Minnesota

June 2016 - September 2016(3 months)

University Researcher

University of Jyväskylä

October 2012 - September 2014(2 years)

Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow at Prof. Dawn Lowe’s lab

University of Minneapolis

June 2014 - July 2014(a month)

Visiting Post-doctoral Fellow at Prof. Gillian Butler-Browne’s lab

Institut de Myologie, INSERM

July 2012 - August 2012(a month)