Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO (FINCA)
Quantum, Vesilinnantie 5
FI-20014 University of Turku
Tel:  +358 29 450 4516​


Petri Väisänen Director

Research interests:

galaxy evolution, interacting galaxies, starbursts & AGN, young massive stellar clusters, observational optical and infrared astronomy

Kari Nilsson Vice-director
PhD, docent


Research interests:

AGN/QSO host galaxies, AGN monitoring

Roberto De Propris PhD

Research interests:

galaxy evolution, milky way structure and formation, galaxy mergers, globular clusters

Vandad Fallah Ramazani PhD, postdoctoral researcher

Research interests:

Very High Energy gamma-ray astronomy, blazars

Grigori Fedorets Postdoctoral Researcher

Research interests:
small Solar System bodies, in particular VIS-NIR observations of close-approaching NEAs

Pasi Hakala PhD, docent

Research interests:

artificial intelligence applications to astronomy, compact binaries, optical variability surveys

Johanna Hartke PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests: Galaxy formation and evolution, Galaxy dynamics, Planetary nebulae, Integral-field spectroscopy, Adaptive optics

Talvikki Hovatta PhD, Docent+358 50 411 5423

Research interests:

blazars, radio astronomy, multiwavelength-observations

Jenni Jormanainen M.Sc., doctoral candidate

blazars, multiwavelength observations, optical polarization, very high energy gamma-ray astronomy

Tuomas Kangas Post-doctoral Fellow

Research interests: supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, progenitor stars and host galaxies of transients

Karri Koljonen PhD, guest researcher+358 29 442 4850


Research interests:

compact objects (black holes/neutron stars), accretion and jet physics around compact objects, multiwavelength observations, novel data analysis methods

Pouya M. Kouch M.Sc., doctoral candidate

Research interests:
AGN, multiwavelength observations, resonances in galaxies, time series analysis

Jyri Lehtinen PhD

Research interests:

stellar magnetic fields and activity, spectropolarimetry

Elina Lindfors PhD, docent

Research interests:

very high energy gamma ray observations, AGN:s

Yannis Liodakis Post Doctoral Fellow

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Research interests:
Blazars, multiwavelength polarization, multiwavelength variability modeling

Venkatessh Ramakrishnan

Radio astronomy, EHT observations, near-horizon AGN science, theoretical simulations and modelling of images and spectra.

Quentin Salomé Postdoctoral Researcher

Research interests:
AGN and outflows, AGN host galaxies, star formation in nearby galaxies, radio astronomy

Konstancja Satalecka Post-doctoral researcher

Research interests:
Multi-messenger astroparticle physics, high energy gamma-rays, neutrinos, AGN, transient sources, natural language processing in astronomy

Maria Babakhanyan Stone PhD Candidate

Research Interests:
galaxy formation and evolution, AGN, quasars, observational astronomy, programming, space exploration, citizen science, interdisciplinarity, teaching

Mauri Valtonen PhD, emeritus professor

Research interests:

quasars, three-body problem, cosmology