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University of Helsinki Institute of Biotechnology
Institute of Biotechnology
DNA Sequencing and Genomics

Research Director:
Petri Auvinen
Tel +358 (0) 2941 58902
e-mail petri.auvinen -at-

Laboratory Engineer:
Lars Paulin
Tel +358 (0) 2941 58887
e-mail lars.paulin -at-

Viikinkaari 5D
(Biocenter 2, 4th floor)
P.O.Box 56
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Tel +358 (0) 2941 58884

Sequencing service e-mail:
bio-alf -at-

Institute of Biotechnology
Street address: Viikinkaari 5D (P.O.Box 56)
00014 University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 (0) 294 1911
Tel: +358 (0) 2941 4482624

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DNA Sequencing and Genomics lab


We are part of the Institute of Biotechnology, an independent research unit of the University of Helsinki. We are situated in the Viikki campus in eastern Helsinki. Viikki is one of the biggest university centers in Scandinavia concentrating on various biological sciences. Since 2016, our laboratory is in the 4th floor (D-staircase) of Biocenter 2 building.

The laboratory was founded in 2008 by fusing two existing laboratories into one larger unit. Our group has two distinct functions. 1) We are a core facility providing DNA sequencing service. 2) We perform research projects on several topics ranging from bioinformatics to de novo genome sequencing of entire genomes.

We have been involved in several EST projects using our Sanger sequencing high-throughput line and also finished several bacterial de novo genome projects. Moreover, the ever-developing NGS technologies have enabled us to perform sequencing of eukaryotes.

With our increasing interest on structures of genomes and genes we are also working on bioinformatics related to genome sequencing and assembly. A continuation of the assembly is the annotation of genomes which we are working on together with our collaborators. Also resequencing novel genomes or selected regions can be done.