Institute of Biotechnology

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Institute of Biotechnology
P.O.Box 56
(Visiting address: Viikinkaari 5d)
00014 University of Helsinki

Tel +358 2941 59921
Fax +358 2941 59366

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Identity Code: FI-03134717

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About us

BI is an international, competitive and rewarding workplace, where the staff within the 28 research groups and 7 core facilities exceeds 300 and comes from 30 different countries.

BI acts as a melting pot for scientists from various disciplines, and offers an outstanding environment for learning for post docs, graduate students, and Master's students in programs developed on BI's strengths.

Mission of the Institute of Biotechnology is to conduct research in and provide services related to biotechnology, molecular biology and their associated disciplines; to develop and maintain international relations in the fields it represents; to engage in and promote cooperation with other research units, universities and industry in the fields it represents; and to promote and provide education in the fields it represents.

Research activities

The research activities of the Institute are carried out mainly in four research programs, each consisting of several multidisciplinary groups focusing on a specific area of molecular biology, cell biology or biotechnology:


In addition to the research programs there is Director´s laboratory.

Core facilities and technology platforms

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.

Core facilities and technology platforms

Biocenter Finland

The Institute is a member of Biocenter Finland (BF), a distributed national research infrastructure providing research services in life sciences and biomedicine to the entire Finnish research community, in academia and industry, and to a limited extent also to users abroad.

BF is a joint effort of seven biocenters in six Finnish universities: Universities of Eastern Finland, Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere and Turku and the Åbo Akademi University.