Institute of Biotechnology
Institute of Biotechnology (BI) is an internationally renowned research institute with an inclusive and curiosity-driven working culture. Using cutting-edge infrastructures we advance breakthrough discoveries, technology development and innovations.
Happiest place for discoveries in biosciences

Our mission is to advance fundamental discoveries in biosciences for the benefit of people and the environment.

The research activities at the Institute of Biotechnology are carried out in independent research groups joined into three research programs. The programs consist of several multidisciplinary research teams focusing on a specific area of molecular biology, cell biology or biotechnology.

Explore the Research Program pages to find our research groups by program and the Director's laboratory.


We operate in a wide scientific landscape from plants and microbes to diverse mammalian and non-mammalian vertebrates and from molecular pathogenesis and ecology to the treatment of human diseases. Our researchers are also active in developing cutting-edge life science research infrastructures.

Research in BI spans from fundamental research to applied biotechnology and includes cytoskeletal and membrane dynamics; morphogenesis, stem cells and regeneration; plant, animal, microbial genomics and evolution; and structure and function of viruses and cellular protein complexes. Our researchers have been very successful in obtaining ERC grants and Academy of Finland Center of Excellence funding.

BI has pioneered the development of Finland’s life science research infrastructures and currently houses core facilities for biological imaging, proteomics, protein crystallization, cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM), NMR, genomics, and bioinformatics.

The research findings are actively applied for the benefit of society through valorization of innovations and spinout companies. Several success stories including Herantis Pharma Ltd and Mobidiag Ltd originate from the Institute.


The Institute of Biotechnology is a home to about 75 postdocs and 75 PhD researchers. Take a look and see if we can offer what your career needs!

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Institute of Biotechnology is located in Viikki in Helsinki.

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