University of Helsinki
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
The Cyanobacteria Group
Contact information:

Department of Food and Environment Sciences
Division of Microbiology and Biotechnology
P.O.Box 56
Viikki Biocenter, (Viikinkaari 9)
FIN-00014 Helsinki University
Fax: +358 2 941 911


National collaborations:

  • Prof. Eva-Mari Aro (Univ. of Turku) – former joint research center of excellence
  • Dr. Perttu Permi (NMR, University of Jyväskylä),

University of Helsinki:

  • Prof. Jouko Rikkinen (symbioses),
  • Acdemy professor Dennis Bamford and Dr. Elina Roine (cyanoviruses)

International collaboration

COST Action ES1105 “Cyanobacterial blooms and toxins in water resources: Occurrence, impacts and management”. The project involves intensive collaboration among researchers from total of 32 European countries. Prof. Sivonen is a member of the management committee, vice leader of Work Package 1 and editor of the A handbook on molecular tools for the detection and quantification of toxigenic cyanobacteria.

ERAS-IB Project Partners, co-ordinator Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz van Pée and Prof. Dr. Jutta Ludwig-Müller (TU Dresden, Germany), Prof. Dr. Willem van Berkel, (Wageningen University, The Netherlands), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wohlleben, (Interfaculty Institute of Microbiology and Infection Medicine, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany) and Prof. Philippe Jacques (University of Lille, France) and Prof. Kaarina Sivonen, (University of Helsinki, Finland).

BONUS- BLUEPRINT, EU and the Academy of Finland funded project: Partners co-ordinator Prof. Lasse Riemann (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Dr. Anders Andersson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), Dr. Christoph Humborg (Stockholm University, Sweden), Prof. Jarone Pinhassi, (Linnaeus University, Sweden), Prof. Klaus Jürgens (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany), Prof. Veljo Kisand (University of Tartu, Estonia), Prof. Åke Hagström (The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, Sweden) and Prof. Kaarina Sivonen (University of Helsinki, Finland).

EU H2020-TWINN-2015 project BLUEandGREEN, partners: President, Prof. Vitor Vasconcelos, CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Prof. Kaarina Sivonen, UH - University of Helsinki, Finland; Prof. Stein Ove Døskeland and Prof. Lars Herfindal, UiB – University of Bergen, Norway; Prof. Deniz Tasdemir, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany and Drs Olga Genilloud and Francisca Vicente Fundación MEDINA, Granada, Spain.

Prof. Marli de Fátima Fiore, University of São Paulo, Brazil (Joint the Academy of Finland and Brazilian FAPESP funded project).

Prof. Stein Ove Døskeland and prof. Lars Herfindal, University of Bergen, Department of Biomedicine, Norway (Long term collaboration on cyanobacterial bioactive compounds).

Dr. Gianluca de Bellis, Institute of Biomedical Technologies, National Research Council, Milano, Italy (Joint genome projects).

Dr. Muriel Gugger, Pasteur Institute, Paris France (Genomes, biosynthetic gene clusters and bioactive compounds).

Prof. Marcel Jaspars, University of Aberdeen, The School of Natural and Computing Sciences, U.K. (Biosynthesis of bioactive compounds).

Prof. Xinyu Liu, Pittsburg University, USA (Heterologous expression of biosynthetic gene clusters).

Prof. Elke Dittmann, Postdam University, Germany (Natural product discovery from cyanobacteria).

Prof. Wolfgang R. Hess, Genetics & Experimental Bioinformatics, University Freiburg, Germany, (Transcriptomics of cyanobacteria)