Department of Pathology

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Pathology is the study of disease. The discipline provides basic instruction in pathology to medical and dental students. Teaching in pathology begins at the end of the second year of studies and continues into the fourth year. Pathology is the largest of all clinical-theoretical disciplines, as well as a specialist field.

As a research discipline, pathology focuses on investigating the causes and mechanisms of diseases, as well as developing novel morphological and molecular biological diagnosis methods. At Haartmaninkatu 3, the Department of Pathology conducts high-level research in oncology and neuropathology.

The pathology laboratory of HUSLAB, one of the largest diagnostic pathology laboratories in Europe, operates in the same facility. Cooperation with the laboratory provides optimal circumstances for conducting translational research that seeks to mould basic pathological research into new diagnostic methods.

Main themes of pathological research include

  • new tumour markers and their utilisation in cancer diagnostics
  • pathogenetic and metastatic mechanisms of cancer
  • movement of normal and malignant cells
  • tumours and angiogenesis
  • (neurodegenerative) brain diseases
  • muscular diseases and muscle injury recovery
  • chromosomal changes and mutations in cancer
  • signalling in normal and malignant cells.


Head of department

professor Olli Carpen
PO Box 21 (Haartmaninkatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki


PO Box 21 (Haartmaninkatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki