The international and interdisciplinary Master's Programme in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology aims to educate experts with outstanding scientific skills. The research and problem based education provides the student with an excellent basis for a career in environmental authorities, industries, as well as in research.

  • Cyanobacterial Research
    Cyanobacteria research focuses on ecology, diversity and bioactive compound production of cyanobacteria. Principal investigators are Kaarina Sivonen and David Fewer.

  • Fungal Co-life, Omics and Ecophysiology
    Eco-physiology, genomics, transcriptomics and metabolism of wood-decaying forest fungi are our topics of research. We aim at opening fungal interactions and bioconversion of wastes and lignocelluloses to biofuels and products. Principal investigator is Taina Lundell.
  • Fungal Genetics and Biotechnology

    The Fungal Genetics and Biotechnology group studies various aspects of fungal molecular biology and enzymology in terms of plant biomass degradation. Principal investigators are Kristiina Hildén and Miia Mäkelä.

  • Macromolecular dynamics in cell physiology and in­fec­tious dis­eases

  • Molecular Environmental Biosciences
    Microbes have a major effect on the ecosystem and humans. Microbes run biogeochemical cycles of the elements, play a major role in the intestines of animals and biotechnology such as waste water treatment and food production, just to mention some. On the other hand, microbes cause diseases for...
  • Molecular mechanisms of bacteria in infectious diseases and health
    We focus on understanding basic molecular mechanisms involved in bacterial infectious processes and bacteria-host interactions. Principal investigators are Benita Westerlund-Wikström and Ritva Virkola.
  • Plant Virology
    We focus on plant cell-virus-interactions: molecular mechanisms underlying plant virus infection and interplay between viral and host proteins during potyviral replication / translation cycle.
  • RNA virus replication and antivirals
    We aim towards deep understanding of RNA virus replication at the molecular level. Through the discovery of basic mechanistic principles, we develop new and general antiviral strategies.