Regulation of Epithelial Cell Functions by Integrins and the Extracellular Matrix
Aki Manninen, Adjunct Professor of Cell Biology, Ph.D.
Oulu Center for Cell-Matrix Research, Biocenter Oulu and Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Oulu
P.O.Box 5000, FIN-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Aapistie 5A, FIN-90220 Oulu, Finland
Tel. +358-(0)294 486081
e-mail: aki.manninen (at) oulu.fi
About the project
Polarized epithelial cells are crucial building blocks of most of our organs. Our group studies the role of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and ECM-binding integrin receptors in the regulation of epithelial cell differentiation and morphogenesis. Deregulated epithelial cell functions contribute to common and severe diseases such as fibrosis and cancer. We study epithelial cell differentiation using various cell biological and biochemical methods in combination with reverse genetic tools in advanced in vitro cell/tissue models. The project is part of the Finnish Centre of Excellence Programme funded by the Academy of Finland (Centre of Excellence Grant 2012 - 2017, 251314).
Last updated: 20/9/2016