Institute of Biotechnology

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Institute of Biotechnology
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(Visiting address: Viikinkaari 9)
00014 University of Helsinki

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High impact research and renowned scientists

The Institute of Biotechnology (BI) at the University of Helsinki is an independent research institute.

BI is at the global forefront of research on cytoskeletal dynamics, the execution and evolution of morphogenetic programmes, plant, animal and microbial genomics, organelle biology, viral structure and function, and the molecular physiology of the nervous system.

BI pioneered and maintains research infrastructures that constitute Finland’s premier technology platforms for biological imaging, proteomics, protein structure and biophysics, sequencing, genomics and biocomputing.

We develop practical applications from discovery science, and commercialize them via startups. We are working on new strategies to combat neurodegeneration and metabolic disease, and improve pathogen resistance in crop plants. And we engage the public, to raise awareness of scientific issues affecting society.

Research news

Hope for antivirals against parechoviruses
August 24, 2015

The Butcher and Wolthers labs as part of the Airopico consortium in collaboration with the company AIMM Therapeutics, have recently published an article in the Journal of Virology providing an atomic model of human parechovirus 1.



Research news

UH Board: A more strategic perspective on research
June 10, 2015

The Board of the University has decided on three strategic research areas for the years 2017–2020: life sciences, the human mind in a changing world as well as the structure of matter and materials science.

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Cytoskeletons shaking hands
June 2, 2015

Cytoskeletal systems collaborate with each other in animal cells. Post-doctoral researcher Yaming Jiu has revealed that cytoplasmic intermediate filaments interact with arcs,  specific contractile actin filament structures which transport intermediate filaments from cell periphery toward the nucleus.




State-of-the-art core facilities

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The Institute has the-state-of-the-art core facilities, which are shared both
locally as well as nationally as part of Biocenter Finland and are also popular among enterprises in the life sciences area.

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