Laboratory of Cytomolecular Genetics (CMG)

Contact information

Laboratory office:
Laboratory of Cytomolecular Genetics
University of Helsinki
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Pathology
P.O.Box 21
Haartmaninkatu 3
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 2941 911
Fax: +358 2941 26527

Topical articles

19.10.2015: Novel mutations found in asbestos-related lung cancers - New article published online in Lung

1.10.2015: Metal-on-metal hip replacement causes cancer related mutations - New article published in Mutation Research

24.8.2015: Article on Prof. Knuutila published in Loimaan Lehti (in Finnish)


The polestar in the research by CMG group is to mine clinically relevant cancer biomarkers by various microarray techniques and next generation sequencing, and adapt the markers found for targeted patient diagnostics and personalized treatment.

Research flowchart
Figure 1: From patient to research and back to bedside

Background information of CMG group:

  • Location: Haartman Institute, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • To contact: Prof. Sakari Knuutila, Laboratory of Cytomolecular Genetics, Department of Pathology, Biomedicum 1, P.O.Box 63, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, email:sakari.knuutila(at)
  • CanGEM (Cancer GEnome Mine): a web-based database for clinical information about tumor samples and microarray data.
  • TUHAT/ Knuutila research group
  • Research group
  • Total number of publications: 627 (Web of Science), 504 (PubMed)
  • Total citations: 14446 (Web of Science)
  • Percentage of bicyclists: 100%
Sakari Knuutila
Figure 2: Team leader Sakari Knuutila near by the Haartman Institute after snow riding :).

Characteristic of CMG group:

  • Systems biology research approaches: from base pairs to chromosomes, from chromatin structure to gene function and gene regulation, from stem cells to differentiated ones, from individual to population and from environmental exposures to diseases
  • International research and diagnostics: ongoing EU projects: The European LeukemiaNet, the EuroBoNeT, the EuGESMA COST Action
  • Multidisciplinary research: oncology, pathology, microbiology, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, bioinformatics, data base information
  • R&D
  • Translational research
  • Research and diagnostics training: post doctoral, doctoral, undergraduate students
  • Researcher and student exchanges
  • Equality in ethnic groups and sexual subgroups
  • Support of research career of young researchers
  • No age discrimination

What does CMG group offer to you?

  • Research collaboration
  • Facilities for research visits
  • Consultation of cancer cytogenetics and molecular genetics


Updated 16.12.2015