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

A new open access software for processing and quantification microscopy datasets
February 3, 2016

To address the challenges of processing of large microscopy datasets, over the last four years the research team of Eija Jokitalo at the Electron Microscopy Unit of the Institute of Biotechnology, has been developing their own software solution: Microscopy Image Browser (MIB)



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At the roots of mammals – specification of mammary cells
December 28, 2015

Mammary glands, or breasts, are the class defining features of mammals and successful development and function of the mammary glands is vital for the survival of offspring.




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How do cells sense their mechanical environment?
December 14, 2015

In a new study, the laboratory of Pekka Lappalainen discovered that both assembly and disassembly of actin filaments in stress fibers are precisely regulated by tension.





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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