The doctoral programme was established on the 1st of January 1999 as an initiative of the Viikki Research Groups in Biosciences. The research groups are divided into research programs, which in turn form the bases for the training provided by VGSB. VGSB is a campus-wide doctoral programme that efficiently networks PhD candidates, researchers and institutions at the Viikki Campus (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, Institute of Biotechnology and Neuroscience Center), but also nationally by providing the opportunity for students elsewhere in Finland to participate in the courses organized by VGSB.
The research fields represented by VGSB are related to the research programs of Viikki Research Groups in Biosciences:
- Developmental Biology
- Cell Biology
- Plant Biology
- Structural Biology and Biophysics
- Genetic and Genomics
- Bioinformatics in relation to the above mentioned fields
VGSB focuses on biological research aiming to study molecular mechanisms behind basic biological phenomena at cellular and molecular level. There are no restrictions concerning the research(model) organisms used.
Excluded from VGSB´s profile is research focusing on:
- Diagnostics and detection methods
- Medical research
- Applied biosciences when not addressing basic biological phenomena and the molecular mechanisms behind them