Martin Laasmaa

I defended my PhD in December of 2016 in the field of Engineering Physics at the Tallinn University of Technology. Currently, I am working as a researcher at the Laboratory of Systems Biology. My main research interests are calcium handling during excitation-contraction coupling and molecule movements in a single cardiomyocytes.


Vendelin, M., Laasmaa, M., Kalda, M., Branovets, J., Karro, N., Barsunova, K., & Birkedal, R. (2020). IOCBIO Kinetics: An open-source software solution for analysis of data traces. PLOS Computational Biology, 16(12), e1008475.
Branovets, J., Karro, N., Barsunova, K., Laasmaa, M., Lygate, C. A., Vendelin, M., & Birkedal, R. (2020). Cardiac expression and location of hexokinase changes in a mouse model of pure creatine deficiency. American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 320(2), H613–H629.
Laasmaa, M., Branovets, J., Barsunova, K., Karro, N., Lygate, C. A., Birkedal, R., & Vendelin, M. (2020). Altered calcium handling in cardiomyocytes from arginine-glycine amidinotransferase-knockout mice is rescued by creatine. American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 320(2), H805–H825.
Lu, P., Veletić, M., Laasmaa, M., Vendelin, M., Louch, W. E., Halvorsen, P. S., Bergsland, J., & Balasingham, I. (2019). Multi-nodal nano-actuator pacemaker for energy-efficient stimulation of cardiomyocytes. Nano Communication Networks, 22, 100270.
Laasmaa, M., Lu, P., Veletić, M., Louch, W. E., Bergsland, J., Balasingham, I., & Vendelin, M. (2019). Energy-efficiency of Cardiomyocyte Stimulation with Rectangular Pulses. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1–9.
Karro, N., Laasmaa, M., Vendelin, M., & Birkedal, R. (2019). Respiration of permeabilized cardiomyocytes from mice: no sex differences, but substrate-dependent changes in the apparent ADP-affinity. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1–11.
Laasmaa, M., Karro, N., Birkedal, R., & Vendelin, M. (2019). IOCBIO Sparks detection and analysis software. PeerJ, 7, e6652.
Laasmaa, M., Birkedal, R., & Vendelin, M. (2016). Revealing calcium fluxes by analyzing inhibition dynamics in action potential clamp. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, 100, 93–108.
Karro, N., Sepp, M., Jugai, S., Laasmaa, M., Vendelin, M., & Birkedal, R. (2016). Metabolic compartmentation in rainbow trout cardiomyocytes: coupling of hexokinase but not creatine kinase to mitochondrial respiration. Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology.
Simson, P., Jepihhina, N., Laasmaa, M., Peterson, P., Birkedal, R., & Vendelin, M. (2016). Restricted ADP movement in cardiomyocytes: Cytosolic diffusion obstacles are complemented with a small number of open mitochondrial voltage-dependent anion channels. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, 97, 197–203.
Birkedal, R., Laasmaa, M., & Vendelin, M. (2014). The location of energetic compartments affects energetic communication in cardiomyocytes. Frontiers in Physiology, 5, 376.
Illaste, A., Laasmaa, M., Peterson, P., & Vendelin, M. (2012). Analysis of Molecular Movement Reveals Latticelike Obstructions to Diffusion in Heart Muscle Cells. Biophysical Journal, 102(4), 739–748.
Laasmaa, M., Vendelin, M., & Peterson, P. (2011). Application of regularized Richardson-Lucy algorithm for deconvolution of confocal microscopy images. Journal of Microscopy, 243(2), 124–140.


Laboratory of Systems Biology
Department of Cybernetics
School of Science
Tallinn University of Technology
Akadeemia tee 21B
12618 Tallinn
Phone: (+372) 620 4406

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