Jussi Joensuu, who graduated with a degree in plant production sciences, works as a researcher at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd in Espoo.

1. What did you study?

I studied plant production sciences, especially crop science and plant biotechnology, on the Viikki Campus. I completed my doctoral studies at the Faculty of Biosciences. My Master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation dealt with developing an edible vaccine for piglets that can be produced in plants.

2. What do you do for a living?

After completing my studies I have worked as a researcher in Belgium and Canada. Currently, I work at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, where I am part of a team developing new technologies for protein production. In addition, I have a farm in the Etelä-Häme region of Finland.

3. How does the future look in your field?

I believe that biotechnology will have a crucial role to play in the future development of medicine and many branches of industry. I would like to see more companies and industry in the field in Finland. I also believe that agricultural production in Finland will continue in the future.

4. What is your favourite memory of your studies?

My best memories are related to understanding “life” through studying biochemistry. Different practical courses were the best way to memorise and remember things.