Research of the Chair of Anatomy


Our current focus

  • Study of new mechanisms in pathogenesis of erectile dysfunctions which can give theoretical basis for elaboration of new treatment options. Spokesperson Kersti Kokk
  • Structure and blood supply of the superior part of the shoulder joint capsule. Spokesperson Elle Põldoja
  • Study of markers of intervertebral disc degradation in patients with lumbar radiculopathy. Spokesperson Marina Aunapuu
  • Study of bone and cartilage diseases with focus on changes in the structure of the knee articular cartilage. Spokesperson Siim Suutre
  • Localization of glucose transporters in the epithelial cells of the small intestines, regeneration and reparation of connective tissues, study of apoptosis in the liver. Spokesperson Piret Hussar
  • Expression of signaling molecules (BMP, Pax, Shh etc) during the early stages of the central nervous system development. Spokesperson Aimar Namm



  • Institute of the Estonian Language: Human histology (Associate Professor Marina Aunapuu, DMVBS21510, 16.09.2021–01.09.2024)

Current collaborations


  • The chair of basic veterinary sciences and population medicine of the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences of the Estonian University of Life
  • Traumatology and Orthopaedics Clinic of the Tartu University Hospital
  • Internal Medicine Clinic of the Tartu University Hospital
  • Surgery Clinic of the North Estonia Medical Centre


  • Riga Stradins University
  • University of Lübeck, Department of Anatomy
  • Tampere University
  • University of Turku
  • University of Oulu
  • Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies



  • Bank of of histological paraffin blocks of osteoarthritic patients’ articular cartilage, synovial membranes and infrapatellar fat pads
  • Historical medicine collections of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tartu


The five most important scientific articles in the last five years

  1. Taavi Torga, Siim Suutre, Kalle Kisand, Marina Aunapuu, Andres Arend. Expression of CILP-2 and DDR2 and ultrastructural changes in the articular cartilage of patients with knee osteoarthritis undergoing total knee arthroplasty: a pilot morphological study. Med Mol Morphol, 2023;56(1):46-57. doi: 10.1007/s00795-022-00339-4
  2. Zirnask, H; Pollanen, P; Suutre, S; Kuuslahti, M; Kotsar, A; Pakarainen, T; Kokk, K; Expression of LHCG receptors in the human penis. Aging Male, 2020, 23(1): 8-13. DOI: 10.1080/13685538.2018.1514001
  3. Aavik A, Kibur RT, Lieberg J, Lepner U, Aunapuu M, Arend A. Cold-Stored Venous Allografts In Different Preserving Solutions: A Study On Changes In Vein Wall Morphology. Scand J Surg. 2019;108(1):67-75
  4. Lieberg N, Aunapuu M, Arend A. Coblation tonsillectomy versus cold steel dissection tonsillectomy: a morphological study. J Laryngol Otol. 2019;133(9):770-774. doi: 10.1017/S0022215119001762
  5. Rahu M, Kartus JT, Põldoja E, Kolts I, Kask K. Hill-Sachs Remplissage Procedure Based on Posterosuperior Capsulomuscular Anatomy. Arthrosc Tech. 2019;8(6):e623-e627. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2019.02.009

Career conference „To new hights with a PhD degree!“

Teaduskonverentsi publik

Call for abstracts: scientific conference celebrating the anniversary of the Faculty of Medicine

 Tartu Ülikooli bio- ja siirdemeditsiini instituudi inimese geneetika õppetooli uuring koostöös Tartu Ülikooli Kliinikumi meestekliinikuga näitas, et üllatavalt suurel osal viljatutest meestest on lapsena diagnoositud munandi laskumishäire. Õigeaegne sekkumine aitab tulevikus lahendada viljatusprobleeme ja ennetada haruldaste kasvajate riski.

Testicular maldescent in infertile men may be a sign of a more severe genetic syndrome