Anu Airaksinen


    Research areas

  • 116 Chemical sciences - radiopharmaceutical chemistry, positron emission tomography, single photon emission computed tomography, PET, SPECT, nanotechnology

Description of research and teaching

Development of new radiotracers for brain research and for studying nanoparticle mediated drug delivery with positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission tomography (SPECT).

Teaching at courses: Radiopharmaceutical chemistry, Radionuclide production and tracer techniques, and Organic chemistry I.


Curriculum Vitae

Current position:

Associate professor (tenure-track)

Group leader in Radiopharmaceutical chemistry (since 2008)


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), University of Kuopio, Finland, Major subject: Biochemistry, Research field: Chemistry in Biosciences (2003). Topic of the doctoral dissertation: New tropane analogues as potential brain imaging agents: Synthesis, conformational study and in vitro/in vivo evaluation.

Docent in Radiochemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland (2011).

Post-doctoral research positions:

Vrije Universiteit, Radionuclidencentrum/Vrije Universiteit Medisch Centrum, Nucleaire Geneeskunde en PET Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2002 - 2004).

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical neuroscience, Section of Psychiatry, Stockholm, Sweden (2005- 2006).

University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry, Laboratory of Radiochemistry (Academy of Finland, Postdoctoral researcher´s project: 2007 - 2009, Academy research fellow 2010 - 2016).

Latest publications

  1. Porous Silicon as a Platform for Radiation Theranostics Together with a Novel RIB-Based Radiolanthanoid

    Jakobsson, U., Mäkilä, E., Airaksinen, A. J., Alanen, O., Etile, A., Köster, U., Ranjan, S., Salonen, J., Santos, H. A. & Helariutta, K., 12 Mar 2019, In : Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging. 2019, 9 p., 3728563.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Recycling of O-18 enriched water used in F-18 cyclotron production

    Todorov, B., Belovezhdova, I., Alanen, O., Airaksinen, A. J. & Djingova, R., Mar 2019, In : Applied Radiation and Isotopes. 145, p. 109-115 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Radiolabeled Molecular Imaging Probes for the in Vivo Evaluation of Cellulose Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications

    Imlimthan, S., Otaru, S., Keinänen, O., Correia, A., Lintinen, K., Almeida Santos, H., Airaksinen, A., Kostiainen, M. & Sarparanta, M., Feb 2019, In : Biomacromolecules. 20, 2, p. 674–683 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. 9th International Conference on Nuclear and Radiochemistry NRC9

    Anu Airaksinen (Attendee)
    29 Aug 20162 Sep 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. Supervision of PhD-studies

    Anu Airaksinen (Supervisor)
    2016 → …

    Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

  3. Finnish Chemical Society (External organisation)

    Anu Airaksinen (Board member)
    2015 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

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Latest prizes

  1. GSK Young Investigator Award

    Anu Airaksinen (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Award for Young Scientist 2007

    Anu Airaksinen (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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