People

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:

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 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.

    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.

      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.

      University Researcher

      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.

      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.