Research groups of the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme
Below are the introductions of the research groups that operate partly or wholly at the research program in alphabetical order.
Eskelinen group studies membrane dynamics during autophagosome biogenesis in mammalian cells.
Bioinformatics research groups at University of Helsinki are presented in the pages.
The Partanen group studies how the spectrum neurons differentiates in the embryonic brainstem, a center for regulation of mood, motivation and movement.
Episusceptibility and Cancer
Our research focuses on early detection and prevention of colon cancer. The aim is to study the interplay between the epigenome and genome in tumorigenesis and to identify biomarkers of cancer susceptibility, malignant transformation, and tumor progression.
Functional Lipidomics Group
The group has biomedical and ecophysiological projects. The roles of lipids and fatty acids are studied in human vital functions and pathophysiology as well as in environmental adaptation and feeding ecology of animals. As the most important methods, we use mass spectrometry and chromatography.
The Glycoscience group headed by Professor Jukka Finne is engaged with the biology of carbohydrates, the most abundant biological molecules of nature, involved in the biology of all living organisms. Glycans have received little attention due to lack of efficient tools to probe their complex structures and properties.
Our goal is to find pharmacological methods to protect hair cells from noise trauma, the most common cause of hearing impairment.
The Fagerholm group studies leukocyte integrins, adhesion receptors that mediate leukocyte trafficking, in health and disease.
Laboratory of Neurobiology
Our research has focused on the role of ion-regulatory proteins in the control of neuronal excitability at the molecular, single-cell, network and in vivo levels.
Laboratory of Neurotherapeutics
Our laboratory investigates the neurobiological mechanisms underlying rapid-acting antidepressant actions. We combine standard in vivo and wet lab techniques with electroencephalogram (EEG) and quantitative proteomics.
Molecular Mechanisms of Bacteria in Infectious Diseases and Health
The research group studies at the molecular level the secretion, biogenesis and function of bacterial surface proteins and protein appendages involved in infectious processes.
The four research groups of the Molecular Virology Unit mainly investigate viruses containing protein, nucleic acid and lipid constituents that infect microbial hosts. These viruses are used as model organisms in understanding the structure, assembly and function of biological macromolecular complexes.
We employ a multidisciplinary approach to understand the genetic and neurobiological basis of normal and pathological anxiety.
Nurturing your passion for tRNA biology in the University of Helsinki
The group focuses on studying the molecular mechanisms guiding activity-dependent development of glutamatergic circuitry in the limbic system and in particular, the roles of ionotropic glutamate receptors in this process.