Meet the people in the programme
As a student in the Bachelor's Programme in Science, you benefit from the expertise of numerous inspiring scholars with solid teaching experience and broad researcher credentials.

As a student in the Bachelor's Programme in Science, you benefit from the expertise of numerous inspiring scholars with solid teaching experience and broad researcher credentials.

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Programme Director

Dr. Flyura Djurabekova is a professor at the Department of Physics and Helsinki Institute of Physics. She is leading a research group in the field of Computational Materials Research. In a friendly and fully international atmosphere, the group members – young scientists from all over the world – are developing new computational methods and run multi-million atom simulations to understand better what causes materials to modify under extreme external conditions. The group collaborates closely with experimentalists from many countries and institutions. One of them is the successful collaboration with CERN. The tight connections with Universities in Europe, USA, Australia, Russia, China and India allow to apply the newly developed methods directly to explain the experiments of the collaborators, to make the nature open its secrets. This international spirit she will bring to the Bachelor Programme in Science to help the young people to find themselves in the exciting world of Science.

Professors and lecturers


Åsa Hirvonen is a university lecturer in mathematical logic and responsible for the Mathematics and Statistics study track in Bachelor's Programme in Science. She is interested in studying mathematical structures with logics that have more truth values than just true and false. Such logics are natural to use in structures where there is a notion of distance. The specific research topics range from abstract model theory to logical aspects of quantum computation.

Tiina Niklander is a university teacher at the Department of Computer Science and responsible for the Computer Science and Data Science study track in Bachelor's Programme in Science. Her main teaching responsibilities are related to computers and networking. She has a long experience in guiding students during their studies. Tiina is also one of the seven chief shop stewards, taking care of working conditions of staff members at the university. Tiina has been involved with international students at Computer Science for a very long time, so it will be nice to be involved with this multidisciplinary programme.

Mikko Oivanen is a professor of organic chemistry and responsible for the Chemistry study track in Bachelor's Programme in Science. His research interests are on preparation and structure-reactivity studies of biomolecules, mainly nucleic acids constituents and their structural modifications. Oivanen has actively contributed on the teaching affairs at chemistry department, and he was strongly involved  in the recent total renewal of the teaching programs. He is the director of the Bachelor's Programme in Chemistry and the Master's Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences. By these grounds he is now eagerly looking forward to the challenges and prospects of the new international bachelor program.


Waldemar Kulig is a university lecturer at the Department of Physics and responsible for the Physics study track in Bachelor's Programme in Science.  In his research, he tries to understand molecular mechanisms of various biological processes using computer simulations. In particular, he is interested in key processes connected with biological membranes, such as cellular signalling and trafficking, the effect of the oxidative stress, protein-lipid interactions, and drug delivery. 


Konstantin Izyurov is an associate professor at the department of Mathematics and Statistics. He coordinates a group of academic mentors for students in the Bachelor’s Programme of Science, which gives him a unique opportunity to meet, interact with, and help students of this Programme. His research is at the intersection of Probability, Mathematical physics, and Complex Analysis.

Dr Yinshuai Ding is a university researcher at the Department of Geosciences and Geography. His research interests are in the area of applied geophysics. By utilizing seismic methods, he aims to prospect natural resources (e.g., minerals) and mitigate geologic hazards (e.g., landslides) for the benefits of the society. He also enjoys teaching very much. Currently, he is responsible for three courses in the track of solid earth geophysics covering both the theoretical aspects and field practices.

Taina Ruuskanen is a university lecturer in physics, director of Bachelor's Programme in Physical Sciences. Her research interests are in atmospheric sciences, especially fluxes of organic compounds from forests and other ecosystems as well as learning of transferrable skills in a multidisciplinary fields. Taina works in a multi- and interdisciplinary research unit at INAR (Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research) that is based in physics, chemistry, meteorology, forest sciences and environmental sciences. She has a background in chemistry, master's degree from inorganic chemistry and PhD done under field of physics, combining micrometeorology and tree physiology with a hint of atmospheric chemistry. She encourages flexible work identity and sees that the Bachelor's programme in Science provides a much needed first step in the University of Helsinki studies and a good solid basis for continuing to master's studies.


David Whipp is Professor in the Department of Geosciences and Geography. His research group uses supercomputers to study how mountains evolve over millions of years by simulating the uplift of mountain landscapes and their interactions with erosional agents like rivers and glaciers in numerical models. He also enjoys finding fun and innovative ways to teach, with courses ranging from an open online Python programming course for geoscientists to a video-lecture-based course on Earth dynamics. As a native English speaker, he is quite pleased to see the development of a BSc degree taught fully in English.


Professor Gareth Law has 15 years of research experience in Radiochemistry and Environmental Chemistry. His key research interests include radioactive waste disposal, nuclear accident response, contaminated land management, materials chemistry (relevant to nuclear decommissioning), and nuclear forensics. He has a keen interest in using cutting edge analytical techniques in his research, including synchrotron-based spectroscopies and electron microscopy. 

At Helsinki Gareth will continue to pursue cutting edge radiochemistry research and will include radiochemistry research in his undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. The aim here is to train a new generation of Radiochemists as this is an area of Chemistry where a skilled work-force is very much in demand.


Professor Kai Nordlund is the Vice-Rector. He is leading an international research group studying hot topics in nanoscience, radiation effects in solids, and plasma-material interactions in fusion reactors. Due to his long teaching experience in three languages, and extensive professional and personal international contacts, he is very enthusiastic about developing a multidisciplinary, fully English-speaking BSc programme.


Professor Teemu Roos is a machine learning researcher. He develops new methods for a wide range of application areas such as neuroscience, quantum physics, and cultural evolution. He enjoys interacting with students while teaching introductory courses on artificial intelligence and data science. His popular Elements of AI online course has more than 65000 participants.


Professor Hanna Vehkamäki leads a research group using computer simulations to understand how gas phase molecules in the atmospheric air form aerosol particles which affect weather, climate and air quality. She has several years of experience in developing the curriculum of Bachelor Programme in Physical Sciences. Her research group and network are very international, and she is excited to build an English-speaking BSc programme encompassing a wide range of scientific topics.


Dr Victoria Sinclair (PhD) is a University lecturer and docent in meteorology. Originally from Scotland, she has studied in the UK and the USA and has called Helsinki home for 11 years now. She teaches many masters level meteorology course in the Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences (ATM-MP) including courses about weather forecasting and numerical weather prediction models. She is also an academic mentee to students in the BSc programme in Science and enjoys getting to know and help the international group of students in this program. Her research focuses on the dynamics of mid-latitude cyclones and how these weather systems will change in the future due to climate change. She is part of the Dynamical Meteorology research group in the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR).