• 943 Citations
  • 15 h-Index

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I did my PhD at the Institute of Biotechnology and University of Helsinki, Finland, combining developmental neurobiology and glycobiology to study mechanisms of syndecan-3 mediated neurite outgrowth using mammalian models. As an EMBO Long-Term Fellow and subsequently as a Wellcome Trust Advanced Training Fellow at the University of Birmingham, I translated my cell biology and biochemistry background into the use of the nematode C. elegans as a genetic model organism. As an MRC New Investigator at the University of Liverpool, my research interest into glycosylated membrane proteins expanded from heparan sulphate proteoglycans to fibroblast growth factor (FGF) and Klotho signalling in development and metabolic physiology. In December 2012 I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Glycosylation as a regulator of development
  • Metabolic physiology and disease

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Research Output

  • 943 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
  • 18 Article
  • 1 Review article

Functional validity, role, and implications of heavy alcohol consumption genetic loci

Thompson, A., Cook, J., Choquet, H., Jorgenson, E., Yin, J., Kinnunen, T., Barclay, J., Morris, A. P. & Pirmohamed, M., 15 Jan 2020, In : Science advances. 6, 3, 12 p., eaay5034.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • KLB, encoding β‐Klotho, is mutated in patients with congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism

    Xu, C., Messina, A., Somm, E., Miraoui, H., Kinnunen, T., Acierno, J., Niederländer, N. J., Bouilly, J., Dwyer, A. A., Sidis, Y., Cassatella, D., Sykiotis, G. P., Quinton, R., De Geyter, C., Dirlewanger, M., Schwitzgebel, V., Cole, T. R., Toogood, A. A., Kirk, J. M., Plummer, L. & 6 others, Albrecht, U., Crowley, W. F., Mohammadi, M., Tena‐sempere, M., Prevot, V. & Pitteloud, N., 1 Aug 2017, In : EMBO Molecular Medicine. 9, 10, p. 1379-1397 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 29 Citations (Scopus)

    Fibroblast growth factors as tissue repair and regeneration therapeutics

    Nunes, Q. M., Li, Y., Sun, C., Kinnunen, T. K. & Fernig, D. G., 12 Jan 2016, In : PeerJ. 31 p., e1535.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 27 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)

    The Cooperation of FGF receptor and Klotho is involved in Excretory Canal Development and Regulation of Metabolic Homeostasis in Caenorhabditis elegans

    Polanska, U. M., Edwards, E., Fernig, D. G. & Kinnunen, T. K., 18 Feb 2011, In : Journal of Biological Chemistry. 286, 7, p. 5657-5666 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 15 Citations (Scopus)


    Exploring the role of cell signalling co-factor, Klotho, in longevity and healthy lifespan

    Tarja Kinnunen (Speaker)

    5 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    PhD viva at the School of Biological Sciences University of East Anglia

    Tarja Kinnunen (Examiner)

    4 Sep 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    Scientific Reports (Journal)

    Tarja Kinnunen (Reviewer)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    Royal Society of Biology (External organisation)

    Tarja Kinnunen (Member)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of a Society or Institute

    FGF/HSPG Signalling in C. elegans

    Tarja Kinnunen (Speaker)

    29 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk