Pyhäjärvi Lab loves trees

We are a happy bunch of forest-tree and science loving people!

Principal Investigator

Tanja is excited about evolution, population genetics, conifers, large genomes and Lapponian Herders!

Laboratory Engineer
Post-doctoral fellows

Chedly Kastally is a post doctoral fellow working on demographic modelling, population genomic methods, pedigree analyses and is a skilled bioinformatician. He has his own Academy of Finland -funded project on population genomics of Ips typographus bark beetle.

Doctoral Researchers
Robert Kesälahti

Robert is a PhD student interested in allele-specific expression and genomic imprinting evolution in conifers.

Sandra Cervantes

Sandra is a PhD student interested on conifer haploid life stage effects on genetic diversity and purifying selection.

Trainees, students

Ilona Kortelahti, Integrative Plant Sciences Master's program, University of Helsinki

Ysaline Perraud, Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology


Kaarle Mäkelä, research assistant

Pihla Kuikka, research assistant

Alina Niskanen, post-doctoral fellow

Jaana Vuosku, post-doctoral fellow


Lab Therapist and Mascot

Uniaavan Sirni