In the Plant Biology programme the teaching is diverse, consisting of modern laboratory and computer courses, field courses, seminars and excursions. The curriculum is intertwined with research. You will be introduced to the research groups from the beginning of your studies, so you will become familiar with the teachers and researchers of the programme as well as with the research topics and research methods as your studies progress.
Here you can find the teachers and researchers (professors, university lecturers and other principal investigators) in Plant Biology:
University lecturer in Physiological Plant Ecology
SenPEP - Sensory and Physiological Ecology of Plants
Our aim is to elucidate how plants acquire information about their biotic and abiotic environment. Sensing of visible and ultraviolet radiation and the responses triggered by these cues are the main focus of our current research
Professor in Forest Pathology and Forest Biotechnology
Forest Pathology research
Our research interests and technology applied are broad and diverse and includes among others; Molecular Tree - Microbe Interaction, Tree microbiomes, Metagenomics and Forest microbiology, Fungal genomics, Fungal population biology, Biological control of forest pathogens, Tropical forest pathology, Infection biology of phytopathogenic fungi and Resistance biology of forest trees.
University lecturer in Plant Molecular Biology
Plant Stress Natural Variation Group
Plant exposed to stressful conditions activate multiple plant defense signaling pathways,
our group study the interaction between these pathways using natural variation, molecular
genetics and gene expression analysis.
Professor in Horticulture and Plant Biotechnology
Molecular Mechanisms of Plant Inflorescence Development and Secondary Metabolism
Our research focuses on exploring the regulatory networks connected with inflorescence development as well as gerbera secondary metabolism.
University lecturer in Plant Biology, Director of the Master's Programme in Plant Biology
Character Evolution in Pleurocarpous Mosses
The group studies the character evolution and adaptive evolution of pleurocarpous mosses based on phylogenies achieved with morphological and molecular data.
Professor in Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology
Oxygen Stress Tolerance Mechanisms in Wild and Cultivated Plant Species and Lignin Biosynthesis in Norway Spruce (Picea abies) and Silver Birch (Betula pendula)
Research group has two topics, which are related to each other. On one hand research is concentrated on xylem cell differentiation and cell wall lignin biosynthesis, and on the other hand on abiotic stress tolerance. The projects meet in the signaling and organisation of the programmed cell death.
Professor in Plant Developmental Biology
Wood Development Group
Our group investigates mechanisms of plant development and their adaptations on cell and molecular level. We are focused on plant vascular development and differentiation.
Associate Professor in Molecular and Translational Plant Biology
Molecular and Environmental Regulation of Flowering and Vegetative Reproduction
My group is studying molecular and environmental regulation of flowering and vegetative reproduction through runners in the perennial woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca L.), the model species of the Rosaceae family.
Professor in Plant Biology
Plant Stress Group
Our work combines plant physiology with genetics and molecular biology and concentrates on finding out how plants sense and transmit stress signals at the cellular level, with special emphasis on the role of reactive oxygen species and plant hormones during abiotic stress.
University lecturer in Applied Genetics and Plant Breeding, Professor
Plant Genetic Resources, DNA Barcoding, Population Genetics of Plant Invasion, Molecular Biodiversity Studies
Characterization, utilization and conservation of plant genetic resources, DNA barcoding, population genetics of plant invasion, molecular biodiversity studies, plant adaptation, reproductive systems, sex ratios and life history evolution.
University lecturer in Plant Developmental Biology
Transcriptional Analysis of Petal Organogenesis in Gerbera hybrida
Professor in Plant Ecology
Evolutionary Epidemiology, Trophic Interactions and Host-Pathogen Evolution
We combine epidemiological, experimental, and molecular approaches to understand how eco-evolutionary feedback loops drive species interactions. Much of our work is focused on species interacting with Plantago lanceolata in the highly fragmented meadow network in the Åland Islands, Southwest of Finland.
Academy Research Fellow
Plant Growth Dynamics Group
Growth is a result of a concert action of cell division, expansion and differentiation. We are taking advantage of molecular genetics and cell biology to study coordination of these three processes to facilitate secondary growth in root cambium of Arabidopsis thaliana.
Professor in Silviculture and Applied Ecology
Production Ecology and Forest Modelling Research Group
My research field is production ecology, and my special interests are in understanding how trees capture resources and how they allocate them to form a spectrum of structures that appear so well adapted to the prevailing environment.
Plant Fungal Interactions Group
We are interested in the molecular mechanisms of plant-fungal interactions. We use a multidisciplinary approach relying heavily on genetics and genomics of both host and pathogen. Our current focus is on plant associated yeasts; specifically the pathogenic yeasts of the genus Taphrina.
Professor in Botany
Multidisciplinary Studies on the Diversity, Ecology and Evolution of Cyanobacteria, Eukaryotic Phototrophs and Fungi
We conduct multidisciplinary studies in botany, with a current focus on the diversity, ecology and evolution of fungal and cyanobacterial symbioses, especially lichens.
Academy Research Fellow
Canopy Spectral Ecology and Ecophyisology (CanSEE)
How does the spectrum of solar radiation penetrating a forest canopies influence understorey phenology and interact with climate to affect ecosystem processes? Our group looks to identify the spectral signals received by plants through experimental approaches, and to integrate the ecophysiological responses to these signals so furthering our understanding of the ecology of forest canopies.
Professor in Plant and Forest Breeding
Molecular Biology of Inflorescence Development and Secondary Metabolism in Gerbera hybrida
Our research focuses on exploring gerbera secondary metabolism as well as the regulatory networks connected with inflorescence development.
Academy Research Fellow
Receptor-Ligand Signaling Group
Our goal is to understand how transmembrane receptors function in signal perception and transduction at the molecular level in plants and how their interaction with ligands controls stress responses and plant development. We are also curious what evolutionary analysis of plant receptor proteins can teach us about their physiological and biochemical function.
University lecturer in Botany, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Ecology of the Field Garlic (Allium oleraceum)
The aim of the project is to get information about the ecology, population biology and reproductive strategies (vegetative and generative reproduction) of Allium oleraceum in different populations in Finland. One focus of the work has been to study the distribution of tetraploid and pentaploid plants both in Finland and nearby areas.