Reijo Käkelä


Description of research and teaching

Research of Dr Käkelä focuses on the roles of lipids and fatty acids in cellular functions, pathogenesis of human diseases, aquatic food webs, and environmental adaptation of animals. Basic research and applied projects are carried out. The main methods are mass spectrometry-based lipidomics and several chromatographic techniques. Käkelä is responsible for the study courses: BSc Seminar in Physiology and Neuroscience, Animal Ecophysiology, Physiological Ecotoxicology and Functional Lipidomics Seminar, and contributes to several other courses as well e.g. the course Membranes, Carbohydrates and Lipids. He is supervising several MSc and PhD students, and runs a core facility Helsinki University Lipidomics Unit. The resources of the Lipidomics Unit are used for undergraduate and postgraduate student training.


Further information on the affiliationPrincipal Investigator

Latest publications

  1. Lipid mediators in platelet concentrate and extracellular vesicles: Molecular mechanisms from membrane glycerophospholipids to bioactive molecules

    Valkonen, S., Holopainen, M., Colas, R. A., Impola, U., Dalli, J., Käkelä, R., Siljander, P. R-M. & Laitinen, S., 10 Apr 2019, In : Biochimica and Biophysica Acta. Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  2. Anterior cruciate ligament transection alters the n-3/n-6 fatty acid balance in the lapine infrapatellar fat pad

    Mustonen, A-M., Käkelä, R., Finnilä, M. A. J., Sawatsky, A., Korhonen, R. K., Saarakkala, S., Herzog, W., Paakkonen, T. & Nieminen, P., 18 Mar 2019, In : Lipids in Health and Disease. 18, 67, 9 p., 67.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Complementary methods assessing short and long-term prey of a marine top predator - Application to the grey seal-fishery conflict in the Baltic Sea

    Tverin, M., Esparza-Salas, R., Strömberg, A., Tang, P., Kokkonen, I., Herrero, A., Kauhala, K., Karlsson, O., Tiilikainen, R., Vetemaa, M., Sinisalo, T., Käkelä, R. & Lundström, K., 2 Jan 2019, In : PLoS One. 14, 1, 26 p., 0208694.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Environmental effects of fish introductions in small, high-latitude lakes

    Marco Milardi (Speaker), Reijo Tapio Käkelä (Speaker), Jan Björn Weckström (Speaker), Kimmo Kahilainen (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  2. University of Oulu (External organisation)

    Reijo Käkelä (Assessment)
    5 May 20068 May 2006

    Activity: Membership typesAssessment of candidates for academic posts

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