In 2000, Dr Nina Rajala graduated from the University of London, Wye College with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science. Following this, she completed a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland where she studied NF-kappaB signalling. During her Master’s degree she worked as a research assistant at the University of Liverpool. She then continued to work in several laboratories in the UK as a research assistant, before returning to Finland and starting research on mitochondria, mtDNA maintenance. She completed a PhD in the Mitochondrial research group with Dr Hans Spelbrink at the University of Tampere, Finland investigating the mitochondrial helicase Twinkle and mitochondrial nucleoids.
Subsequently, between 2014-2016 Dr Rajala joined Prof Anne Kallioniemi´s Cancer Genomics Group at the University of Tampere as a post-doc, conducting research into the involvement of karyopherin alpha 7 (KPNA7) and its cargo proteins in pancreatic cancer.
She recently joined our Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Portsmouth as a Senior Research Fellow, funded by the charity Brain Tumour Research, where she works with Dr Rhiannon McGeehan investigating the mitochondrial genetics and biology aspects of neuro-oncology.