Nutrient sensing

Ville Hietakangas research group

We study how the animal body responds to changes in nutrition. Our goal is to understand how specific macronutrients in the diet, such as sugars and amino acids, affect stem cell function, energy metabolism, and cell growth. Uncovering the regulation of these physiological processes will bring new insight in to human diseases associated with nutrition and metabolism. 

Our research focuses on: 

  • Regulation of metabolic homeostasis through sugar sensing 
  • Nutrient regulation of tissue stem cells 
  • New regulators of nutrient-dependent growth control

Ville Hietakangas, PhD, Professor  
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences & 
Institute of Biotechnology, HiLIFE 

Biocenter 1, room 4317 
P.O. Box 65 (Viikinkaari 9C) 
00014 University of Helsinki 

Phone: +358 2 941 58001 

Ville is a Principal Investigator/Group Leader at BI and Professor of Gene Regulation at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences. He is also a Principal Investigator in the Center of Excellence in Stem Cell Metabolism (2018-2025).