Institute of Biotechnology

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

Tel +358 2941 59358
Fax +358 2941 59366

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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

Pekka Lappalainen receives prestigious Human Frontier Science Program grant
March 30, 2016

Research director Pekka Lappalainen and his colleagues from France and USA have been awarded a three-year grant worth over one million USD to research filopodia formation mechanism.

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Instrumentarium Science Foundation grant to Markku Varjosalo
March 10, 2016

Academy Research Fellow, Docent Markku Varjosalo has received Instrumentarium Science Foundation grant of € 100 000 for system biological cancer research.
Varjosalo’s research group, in the Institute of Biotechnology, examines intracellular signaling mechanisms of human cells as well as how these signaling mechanisms leading to cancer disorders.

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Mouse teeth help us refine humanity’s family tree
March 9, 2016

Mouse studies conducted at the University of Helsinki have generated a significant tool for studying the beginnings of the humans.

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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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