People

The teaching in the BSc programme in Science is done by professors and senior scientists who are also all high-level research scientists. Hence the teaching involves examples from the very latest developments in science and technology. 

Examples of some of the teacher's in the programme, along with their research profiles, are given below.

Professor Kai Nordlund is head of the Department of Physics. 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.

Mikko Oivanen is a professor of organic chemistry. 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 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.

Professor Hanna Vehkamäki is head of the Bachelor program in Physical Sciences. She 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.

Associate 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.

Susanne Wiedmer is a university lecturer at the Department of Chemistry. She teaches basic chemistry for first year university students. She has focused much on the Finnish-Swedish bilingual Bachelor degree program. This bilingual experience gives her good grounds to contribute to extend the basic chemistry teaching to a trilingual environment. Susanne Wiedmer's research is focused on the toxicity of compounds and on interactions between compounds and biological materials.

Kjell Lemström is a university lecturer and an adjunct professor at the Department of Computer Science. He is also the director of the Computer Science Bachelor’s Programme. His research interests are in algorithms and music informatics. Dr. Lemström heads the C-BRAHMS research group.

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.

University lecturer Sirkka-Liisa Varvio is responsible for teaching of statistics at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She has been involved in the recent reneval of the teaching programs. Her own speciality is in biostatistics and bioinformatics, focusing population genetics and molecular evolution.  She is the vice director of the Bachelor's Programme in Mathematical Sciences and the Master's Programme in Life Science Informatics, and board member of the Master's Programme in Mathematics and Statistics.

David Whipp is an associate 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.