Stem Cells in Bone and Vascular Biology Research Group

Our research focuses on elucidating the role of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) in bone and vascular biology. We are especially interested in interactions between MSCs and endothelial precursors and their potential applications in regenerative medicine. We use mainly in vitro cell cultures of human bone marrow derived primary MSCs and peripheral blood derived cells (MNCs) but also use clinically relevant patient material. Our research provides important novel data on cellular interactions and crucial molecular players in angiogenesis and osteogenesis. This contributes to the development of better regenerative medicine applications, when aiming to enhance bone and soft tissue healing.

Group leader

Terhi Heino
Docent, Institute of Biomedicine
University of Turku

+358 50 476 5988




Research topics

  • Bone and soft tissue repair and regeneration
  • Osteogenesis and angiogenesis
  • Biomaterial-cell interactions
  • Mesenchymal stromal cells and osteoblasts
  • Endothelial cells and myeloid angiogenic cells