Emma Pirila's main research focus is on the molecular mechanisms of inflammation and cancer in the oral cavity with a special focus on the tumor microenvironment and matrix metalloproteinases. Her research career started out in 1997 at the University of Helsinki, Finland, studying the role of matrix metalloproteinases and laminins in wound healing and periodontitis together with studies on the use of matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors in experimental models. Her doctoral thesis (Ph.D. degree) was finished in 2003. Her research work continued at the University of Oulu, Finland, with work on the role of specific matrix metalloproteinases in tongue cancer, oral wound healing, and inflammation. Her current work involves the role of the tumor microenvironment in oral cancer.
Biography Updated on 23 January 2012