Researchers and research groups

Explore the University of Helsinki research portal for up-to-date information on researchers, research groups and research infrastructures. The basic information on researchers contains contact information and brief descriptions of ongoing research. Publications are available as full-text if applicable. All information can be browsed by discipline and research infrastructures additionally by subject areas.

Research Groups

Browse some of our research group websites by field of science below. A complete list of research groups can be found in the University of Helsinki research portal.

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The Global History of Free Ports researches the development and diffusion of the institution of the free port.
Archaeoacoustics project in Finland studies echoes at ancient rock art and offering sites.
We investigate atmospheric aerosol populations, interactions between aerosols, clouds and radiation, and associated feedback mechanisms.
Agents of Enlightenment is a research project on the dissemination and reception of the Enlightenment in Scandinavia and the Baltic area 1740–1810.
CAMEOS research focuses on the Agricultural Monitoring using Earth Observation Services for Africa, building upon outcomes of existing EU projects.
Studying dialectical processes by which early empires shaped and were shaped by social and cognitive landscapes of conquered and threatened lands.
A research group studying the cognitive, emotional and pharmalogical interactions between the body and mind of animals.
Animal science at the University of Helsinki Viikki campus.
Aphasia research group explores problems of language and its use resulting from brain damage, usually in the left hemisphere.
In Aquatic Biogeochemistry Research Unit we study how the essential elements of life, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and silicon cycling are cycled.
Our research focuses on evolutionary developmental biology and secondary metabolism in Asteraceae mainly using Gerbera hybrida as our model organism.
Our research objective is physical and chemical understanding of the atmospheric transformation of volatile organic emissions.
Eskelinen group studies membrane dynamics during autophagosome biogenesis in mammalian cells.
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Our group carries out scientific research on behaviour change, particularly its psychological and social aspects.
We are experts in antimicrobial drug discovery, exploring new ways to confront the global challenge of emerging drug resistance amongst bacteria.
BioGeoClimate Modelling Lab studies spatio-temporal patterns and processes in the fields of biogeography, geomorphology, and climatology.
The Bioinformatics groups at the Uni­versity of Hel­sinki represent several disciplines with a common goal of advancing life science research.
The Biological Physics and Soft Matter Group focuses on the theory and modelling of biologically relevant soft and condensed matter systems.
The Biomolecular Chemistry research group has expertise in the synthesis and structural characterization of all classes of biomolecules and the research is devoted to solving challenges at the interphase of chemistry, medicine and biology.
Molecular dynamics simulations and NMR experiments of lipids and proteins by Samuli Ollila group.
The biostatistics groups at University of Helsinki develop probabilistic and computational methods for essential life science applications.
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The Ojala Lab is focused on making fundamental contributions to the fields of cancer biology, tumor microenvironment and virus-host cell interactions.
Our lab studies oncogene and tumor suppressor induced cancer-specific cellular programs, which cause therapeutic vulnerabilities in breast cancer.
Cancer Gene Therapy Group (CGTG) is a research group in University of Helsinki led by Professor Akseli Hemminki.
Hannes Lohi lab on the canine genetic research. Uncovering the genetic background of the hereditary diseases and behavioral characteristics of dogs.
Prof. Timo Repo's Catalysis and Green Chemistry (CatLab) research group at the University of Helsinki.
Poukkula Lab aims to understand how actin filament turnover is regulated in epithelial cells undergoing morphogenetic movements
Group Tojkander investigates how actomyosin structures are regulated by stromal changes in both healthy epithelia and in pathological conditions.
The Saarikangas lab is interested in the regulation of proteostasis and protein phase transitions during cellular adaptation, differentiation and aging.
Barboric lab studies P-TEFb and CDK12/CycK CTD kinases that play essential roles in gene transcription by RNA Polymerase II.
CRADLE is a hub of academics and practitioners pursuing ground-breaking interventionist research since 1994.
The Consumer Society Research Centre studies the development of the consumer society from the perspectives of societal structures and consumers.
The Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History promotes the Research of Ideas across Disciplines, in and outside Finland.
The Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS) is a network for multidisciplinary research on the Nordic Region.
Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Complex Disease Genetics (CoECDG), Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), HiLIFE, University of Helsinki.
Welcome to MetaStem, The Centre of Excellence in Stem Cell Metabolism at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The Academy of Finland funded MetaStem was established in 2018, and has over 80 researchers in four research groups.
The CoE of Inverse Modelling and Imaging focuses on the study of nonlinear partial differential equations, geometry, and uncertainty quantification.
The Cicero Learning Network promotes cutting edge research on learning across the boundaries between diverse scientific fields.
The Clinical Pharmacy Group at the University of Helsinki. Medication Safety, Optimizing Pharmacotherapy and Promoting Health.
A world-leading international research group based in Helsinki, Finland exploring cognitive neuroscience of music, speech, and their neuroplasticity.
Developing ervice interoperability and management of dynamically formed collaborations for increased automation of inter-enterprise collaborations.
Collaborative Networking Group, Prof. Jussi Kangasharju, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki
The foci of our community relates to cultural and linguistic diversity, language and interaction, and corpus linguistics.
Maria Lasonen-Aarnio's ERC-funded project formulates a novel approach in epistemology, asking: How should we form and evaluate our beliefs?
he Discovery Research Group works on artificial intelligence and data science, especially on computational creativity and data mining.
The Constraint Reasoning and Optimization group focuses on development and analysis of state-of-the-art decision, search, and optimization procedures.
Juha Sinisalo research group in Coronary disease conducts research from pathogenesis and immunogenetics to epidemiology and clinical drug trials.
Crop Science proudly participates feeding the world in a sustainable manner - we make the difference
Crosslocations aims to understand changes in the relations between people and locations in the Mediterranean region.
The Cyanobacteria research group focuses on ecology, diversity and bioactive compound production of cyanobacteria.
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A research group in Helsinki focusing on data science for understanding evolutionary and biospheric change processes and their causal mechanisms.
The agile education research group (RAGE) studies approaches for data-driven continuous improvement in education.
DEMLANG studies the interrelatedness of sociocultural processes of democratization and mediatization, and language practices in Britain, 1700–1950.
Our research focuses on the regulation of GATA-family transcription factors in developmental disorders and cancer.
The Partanen group studies how spectrum neurons differentiate in the embryonic brainstem, a center for regulation of mood, motivation and movement.
The Diabetes and Obesity Research Program is a top-quality Faculty of Medicine research environment comprising seven closely integrated research groups.
Our research focuses on understanding acquired and genetic causes of NAFLD as well as pathogenesis of both 'Metabolic NAFLD' and 'Genetic NAFLD'.
Novel data sources and cut­ting-edge ana­lyses to sup­port sus­tain­able spa­tial plan­ning and de­cision mak­ing.
This project, funded by the European Research Council and directed by Marja Vierros, creates a new digital grammar of greek documentary papyri.
Digital Learning at Work or DigIT is a research group on digitalization in working life
A research community focused on diversity, multilingualism, minority perspectives, and social justice in education and teacher education.
DogRisk – Health via nutrition, epidemiology and cancer detection dogs: A team of researchers from Helsinki University.
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A multidisciplinary integrating knowledge of humanities and natural sciences to explain the spread of early Christianity in evolutionary terms.
Understanding dynamics of language development in the very early years of childhood.
Remote sensing and geospatial data for studying Earth’s physical, biological and societal systems for developing countries
Studying the tree, forest and landscape interactions and processes of boreal forest in changing environment
Software Engineering research group empirical engineering continuous experimentation requirements
Kivelä lab studies the role of endothelial and stem cells in heart and skeletal muscle diseases, metabolic regulation as well as in cancer.
Enhancer Biology lab studies global gene regulation by transcription factors using genome-wide functional genomics methods.
Environmental and Ecological Statistics group at University of Helsinki. Integrating statistics with ecology and environmental sciences.
The Environmental Change Research Unit ECRU, University of Helsinki, Finland.
Website of Craig Primmer and his group at the University of Helsinki: evolcongen evolution conservation genomics salmon life history
Evolution, Sociality and Behaviour Group studies in­ter­ac­tions cre­at­ing evol­u­tion­ary pro­cesses and pat­terns.
Our research focuses on the fossil record and evolution of mammals and their relationship with habitat and climate change.
Research group for studying bacterial biofilms and intracellular pathogen Chlamydia spp.
The Extracellular Vesicles group studies submicron membrane vesicles released by most cells, and present in all body fluids, but also e.g., in oceans.
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Interdisciplinary research in man-made urban green infrastructure, including green roofs and walls providing many ecosystem services in built areas.
We produce theoretical and empirical research related to econometric methods and models relevant to finance and macroeconomics.
The aim of this Center of Excellence is to improve the understanding of the functions of the genome and to bring genomic medicine into practice.
Revolutionising experimental space physics with the help of nano-satellites, international space missions, and high performance computing models.
We identify and quantify risks in using natural resources, and perform decision analysis between using marine resources and biodiversity conservation.
The research group aims to serve society by understanding sustainable food systems; it's an interdisciplinary challenge toward a sustainable future.
The Food Materials Science Research Group at the University of Helsinki studies hydrocolloid functionality in food and packaging materials.
Forage production in future climate and sustainable cropping systems.
Forensic psychology research group focuses on human behaviour and its control, regulation, and facilitation in the context of law and legal actors.
Quality, transdisciplinary research on sustainable business management, in the context of the forest sector and beyond.
Laboratory of Forest Resources Management and Geo-information investigates the use of 3D point clouds in all areas of forestry.
Fungal co-life, omics and ecophysiology group studies the ecophysiology, genomics, transcriptomics and metabolism of wood-decaying forest fungi.
The Fungal Genetics and Biotechnology group studies plant biomass modifying enzymes from asco- and basidiomycete fungi.
Finding new ways to support adult learners of Finnish by exploiting the language learning possibilities offered by their everyday environment.
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Ristimäki Lab studies the molecular background of gastrointestinal tumors, mainly colorectal cancer and appendix-originating pseudomyxoma peritonei.
Raivio group aims at identifying new genetic diseases that affect the hypothalamic-pituitary function and models their mechanisms with stem cells.
Juha Kere lab focuses on the discovery of gene effects and networks in complex human phenotypes.
The Genome Stability Group studies how cells maintain integrity of their genomes in the face of internal and external damage.
The Genome-scale algorithmics group develops algorithms and data structures for the analysis of genome-scale data.
We study the properties and processing of cereal grains and grain legumes. We aim to help create high quality food for the world's growing population.
We develop therapeutic strategies for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and malignant mesothelioma based on identified new pathological mechanisms.
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Language research that paves the way to a better understanding of cultural areas and their history is what we do in HALS.
We are currently focused on materials for nanotechnology, micro- and optoelectronics, spintronics, fusion technology and particle detectors.
Helsinki Eye Lab is focused on understanding the ocular surface in health and disease.
The study produces new scientific evidence about the contribution of work and other areas of life to health, functioning, and well-being.
Dr. Kilpivaara’s research focuses on mechanisms of hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis and the effects genetic variation has on a molecular level.
We study the pathobiology of malignant blood diseases (e.g. leukemia) and related autoimmune disorders and aim to find novel treatments.
In the Nevanlinna group, we investigate genetics and genomics of breast and ovarian cancer.
Learning and teaching of humanities and social sciences related subjects in early childhood education, comprehensive education, and adult education.
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Päivi Saavalainen's group studies autoimmune diseases and chronic gastrointestinal inflammations, namely celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease.
De­vel­op­ment of novel plat­forms for can­cer im­mun­o­ther­apy, IVT Lab, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Pharmacy
Research to­wards ad­vance­ment in patho­gen­esis, dia­gnosis and treat­ment of hu­man in­fec­tions and in­flam­mat­ory dis­eases.
Research group of Susanna Fagerholm studying leukocyte beta2-integrin functions and regulation in health and disease.
International Forest Policy research group: evid­ence for forests and people, University of Helsinki, Finland
We study the role of intestinal bacteria in health/disease and the therapeutic possibilities of microbiota modulation by using fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) and therapeutic bacteria.
The inverse problems research group at the University of Helsinki does research in x-ray tomography, EIT, invisibility cloaking, and more.
The ion exchange group studies the separations of harmful or useful trace components like radionuclides, heavy metals or precious elements.
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Welcome to the Kuure Lab! We study mechanisms of kidney development using several different approaches.
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Prof. Kai Kaila studies the functions of ion-regulatory proteins, and mechanisms underlying birth asphyxia.
The Language Regulation in Academia (LaRA) research project explores different forms and practices of language regulation in academic settings.
Law, Governance and Space studies the issue of Roman administrative space with spatial analysis of power relations and meanings.
The Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives investigates the foundations of the European narrative of law, values & ideals.
Learning, Culture and Interventions expert group at the University of Helsinki: sociocultural approaches, cultural-historical activity theory.
The Gahmberg group studies leukocyte integrins and their brain ICAM-5 ligand. The focus is on regulation of adhesion by specific phosphorylations.
The Life Science Education Research Group studies such themes as students’ learning and studying Life Sciences on a university level.
The broad aim of our research is to understand the processes and the underlying genetic mechanisms that shape intraspecific life history variation in the wild.
Research is focusing on lipoprotein kinetics in health and metabolic disorders including diabetes and dyslipidemias and genetics of familial dyslipidemias.
The Ikonen group is interested in cholesterol and has developed tools to visualize trafficking of cholesterol and other lipids in vivo.
The project examines the use of 'biblical texts' in Late Antiquity. The focus is on three interrelated phenomena: asceticism, martyrdom, and miracles.
The LongTerrestrial Archives group led by Anu Kaakinen studies environmental and climate changes of the Cenozoic Era in inland Eurasia.
We do biomedical research in vascular biology (lymphangiogenesis, VEGF-C) and antibody technology development
Sirpa Leppä group explores molecular mechanisms behind lymphoma pathogenesis and therapy response, and searches prognostic and predictive biomarkers.
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How can we stop viral infections? Welcome to the Balistreri Lab!
The Maker culture, Design learning and Technology group focuses on education, society, culture, learning and interaction.
Henna Tyynismaa lab studies molecular genetics, mechanisms of neurological diseases, and mitochondrial involvement in disease pathogenesis.
The Medical Nutrition Physiology Group investigates intestinal as well as cardiovascular health from various different perspectives.
Investigation into the publication strategies of Latin authors in the Middle Ages.
Research group studies genetic defects and clinical factors underlying skeletal disorders, with main interests in early-onset primary and secondary osteoporosis, skeletal dysplasias, and vitamin D.
Mibira group's research focuses on biosorption and -accumulation of environmental contaminants in boreal bacteria and fungi.
Studying contemporary migration processes and the social consequences of migration in an increasingly global world.
Mind and Brain in the Systemic Context group goals are to identify systemic mechanisms for common mental disorders such as depression and to utilize the generated knowledge to develop or optimize new treatment applications.
Eija Pirinen's lab studies molecular mechanisms in diseases with mitochondria dysfunctions, e.g. inherited mitochondrial disorders, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The McWilliams lab studies how mitochondrial integrity is regulated in the vertebrate nervous system.
Anu Suomalainen-Wartiovaara's research group aims to generate enough knowledge on the mitochondrial disease mechanisms to be able to create therapy.
MAPS studies inclusive education in diverse urban environments in Helsinki, Reykjavík and Amsterdam.
Index page of Mixed Reality Hub -research group of University of Helsinki
Our research aims at understanding the molecular basis of epilepsy syndromes through identification of the underlying defective genes.
Our main research interest is molecular microbial ecology with special interest in warming arctic region.
Molecular Neurology Research Program is one of the five research programs in the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine, Research Programs Unit.
Here you can find information about the Motivation, Learning and Wellbeing reserach group's members, research and recent activities
The Multi-source Probabilistic Inference (MUPI) research group studies statistical machine learning and artificial intelligence.
The goal of this community is to produce, with the help of multidisciplinary research, new knowledge on causes and consequences of misunderstandings.
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Domanskyi Lab: innovative therapies for neurodegeneration
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Hélder A. Santos' Research Group: Nanomedicine, Biomedical Engineering and Controlled Drug Delivery.
Nature-Based Solutions Research Group focuses on solving globally significant environmental problems.
We develop mathematical, statistical and informatics tools to tackle biomedical questions that may potentially lead to breakthroughs in drug discovery.
Pentti Tienari's lab studies neuroimmunology, ALS and brain aging.
We employ a multidisciplinary approach to understand the genetic and neurobiological basis of normal and pathological anxiety.
In Airavaara lab we do biomedical research on neuroprotection and neurorepair in Parkinson's disease and stroke, and study dopamine neurotransmission.
Esa Korpi's group is focused on understanding the neurochemical basis of behaviour using a variety of biomedical methods.
Welcome to the Mart Saarma lab. We study the signalling and biological functions of neurotrophic factors within and outside of the nervous system.
Research of radionuclide behavior in porous materials
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Outi Monni's research focuses on identifying targetable genetic alterations in epithelial cancers using different in vitro and ex vivo tumor models.
Vladislav Verkhusha's Optobiology lab develops novel NIR fluorescent proteins, biosensors and optogenetic tools.
The Oral Cancer group investigates effects of tumor microenvironment components, such as tumor associated fibroblasts, macrophages, inflammatory cells and matrix molecules.
A University of Helsinki research group studying oxidative stress tolerance of plants and to lignin biosynthesis in xylem of trees.
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Professor Knip's group contributes to the understanding of the diabetic disease process, specifically type 1 diabetes prediction and prevention.
Investigating human information processing using methods of psychophysics, EEG, and fMRI – combined with computational modelling.
Combining experimental and computational methodologies to generate mechanistic insight into drug action and drug delivery systems.
Research on snow and winter ecology in northern ecosystems.
Plant phenomics is a discipline that uses high throughput methods to link genes to their function in plant context.
We study receptor proteins, specifically receptor-like protein kinases, and their role in mediating the effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS).
Otonkoski lab works with nuclear reprogramming, genome editing and mechanisms behind pancreatic beta-cell failure leading to diabetes.
Combining modern synthetic polymer chemistry, fundamental polymer physics, and colloid chemistry to construct materials with new functionalities.
People at the Population Research Unit (PRU) study a wide range of topics from health, mortality, and ageing, to living arrangements and family demography.
We investigate susceptibility genes, molecular mechanisms, risk factors, and implications to later life of these pregnancy disorders.
Studying adult dyslexia and attention deficit disorder in Finland.
Psychosocial factors and health research group explores the social, psychological, behavioral and biological processes that affect health.
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The Radiochemistry Unit is part of the University of Helsinki's Department of Chemistry. It is the largest University-based radiochemistry research and education facility in Finland, and home to approximately 40 radiochemistry researchers.
The aim of our research is to increase understanding the behaviour of radionuclides in the atmosphere and terrestrial environment.
Voutilainen lab studies neurodegenerative diseases with the aim of finding neurorestorative treatments for them.
A university excellence hub that aims at developing path-breaking research on the Nordic region within a challenging global context.
Religion, Conflict and Dialogue Research Center aims to combine gender studies, study of religion – including theology – and peace and conflict studies in a balanced way in order to create a truly interdisciplinary approach.
We are a multidisciplinary research community uniting animal welfare and behavior researchers from different fields to a common pool of expertise.
Research Centre for Ecological Change: co­ordin­ated ana­lysis of long-term eco­lo­gical data to un­der­stand im­pacts of global change.
Nurturing your passion for tRNA biology at the University of Helsinki.
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Our research group studies education and teaching especially in the context of schools.
Our main focus is chemistry and science education research.
MegaSense is a multidisciplinary approach to build up the 5G real-time air-quality sensing - A top research group from the University of Helsinki.
Our group aims to study the oncogenic mechanisms cancer cells employ in an unbiased manner, by using sufficiently large scale and relevant biological context to find clinically actionable targets for treatment.
We study individual variation in susceptibility to mental health disorders, disturbances in regulation of sleep and emotions, and in tolerance to disrupted sleep and environmental stress, and their relation to health.
Our research focuses on sleep, cognition, learning and mental health in a multidisciplinary context, combining methods and designs from psychology, medicine, and brain research.
Sleep Team Helsinki conducts research on basic mechanisms of sleep and wakefulness.
We study patterns in insect community structure across multiple sites in space and time, and on how such patterns translate into function.
We study the political and governmental practices of producing, maintaining and transforming geographical space.
The demographic transition constitutes a real challenge for public authorities, policy makers, healthcare providers and payers, as it will increase the demand of healthcare products and services.
The Statistical Ecology Research Group focuses on the development and application of statistical methods in ecology and evolutionary biology.
The laboratory of Sara Wickström does research on epidermal stem cells and tissue - nuclear mechanotransduction at University of Helsinki and Max Planck Institute
We explore environmental and genetic regulation of growth cycle in a perennial model species woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca).
Lindsberg research group identifies novel pharmacological targets for treating acute cerebrovascular disease.
In the Laboratory of Structural Biology we aim to understand the structures and interactions of biological macromolecules at the atomic level.
Insect management for our planet: for a hungry planet, for a diverse planet, for a healthy planet, for a changing planet.
The InterTran Research Group's central idea is to contribute to sustainable development while maintaining a strong focus on a sustainable circular economy.
Sari Lauri group focuses on studying the molecular mechanisms guiding activity-dependent development of glutamatergic circuitry in the limbic system.
A research group focused on understanding and finding effective means to overcome drug resistance in cancers.
Studying the mechanistic basis of how different environmental exposures, including microbes, nanomaterials and chemicals, affect human wellbeing.
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Radiopharmaceutical chemistry development, education, and services at the University of Helsinki.
Translation and interpreting studies research community TRAST at the University of Helsinki
Sanna Lehtonen lab studying type 2 diabetes, diabetic kidney disease, glomerular ultrafiltration and insulin resistance.
Jaan-Olle Andressoo lab develops tools to control gene expression at post-transcriptional level in orer to understand the gene function and provide new venues for defining treatment for neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson´s disease
The group studies repair of bone defects in the craniomaxillofacial, extracellular vesicles, therapeutic tools, tissue engineering.
Our research is focused on understanding endothelial cell functions in disease.
Transplantation Laboratory is an internationally well-known unit of translational research in heart and lung transplantation.
Landing page Lauri A. Aaltonen Group at University of Helsinki
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Exploring the structure and functioning of urban green and blue spaces.
The topics of our research group relate to climate change adaptation, maladaptation and climate change mitigation.
Our group studies the coupling between the urban ecosystem and the atmosphere using state-of-the-art observations and modelling.
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We are interested in how language is situated in social, cognitive, textual and discourse contexts, and produced in speaker interaction.
The Viikki Plant Science Centre participates in stimulating high impact research, integrating basic and applied plant science research.
VITRI provides academic training and implements research on forests and related natural resources in tropical and developing countries.
Viral zoonoses research group is a multidisciplinary team working in the University of Helsinki, Finland.
We are visualizing the cellular mechanisms that form the basis of embryonic development and understanding disease processes.
We are developing a 6-dimensional Vlasov theory-based simulation called Vlasiator to simulate the entire near-Earth space at a global scale.
CALLIOPE is an ERC funded research project at the University of Helsinki. It studies human voices in the political field in the 19th century.
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Zoonotic Antimicrobial Resistance - Annamari Heikinheimo group focuses on research on zoonotic multiresistant bacteria such ESBL and MRSA.