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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

Research Degree Supervision

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Heparitin Sulfate Medicine & Life Sciences
Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans Medicine & Life Sciences
fibroblast growth factors Agriculture & Biology
Receptor, Fibroblast Growth Factor, Type 1 Medicine & Life Sciences
Hypogonadism Medicine & Life Sciences
neurodevelopment Agriculture & Biology
Fibroblast Growth Factors Medicine & Life Sciences
proteoglycans Agriculture & Biology

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Projects 2015 2017

C. elegans model to unravel the role of Klotho in ion metabolism and aging

Kinnunen, T.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Research Output 2014 2017

14 Citations (Scopus)

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 othersAlbrecht, 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
Receptor, Fibroblast Growth Factor, Type 1
Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone
20 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
fibroblast growth factors
Fibroblast Growth Factors
tissue repair
11 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycans
Heparitin Sulfate
Caenorhabditis elegans