Maria Vartiainen was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1976. She received her M.A. degree in molecular biology from University of Jyväskylä, Finland, in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from University of Helsinki, Finland, in 2002. During her Ph.D. studies, she studied how the small actin-binding proteins twinfilins and ADF/cofilins regulate the actin-monomer pool to modulate actin dynamics in animal cells. In 2003, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Birmingham and from 2003 to 2007 at the Lincoln’s Inn Fields laboratories of Cancer Research, London, UK, where she studied the molecular mechanisms by which the transcription factor SRF is regulated and showed that nuclear actin can regulate the activity of specific transcription factors. In 2007, she returned to Finland and established her own laboratory at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Finland, which studies how the cytoskeletal protein actin contributes to gene expression.
Biography Updated on 20 June 2011