Prof. Kurt Fagerstedt is the group leader of oxygen stress tolerance and lignin biosynthesis group. He got his MSc degree at University of Helsinki in 1984 majoring in plant physiology, and then continued as a PhD student at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he earned his degree in 1988. After a postdoctoral period in St Andrews he returned to University of Helsinki, first as a junior lecturer, then senior lecturer and finally as Professor and Head of Department of Biosciences from 2012.
His research interests are in plant stress tolerance mechanisms and plant cell wall lignin biosynthesis. In plant stress biology he has studied flooding tolerance (hypoxia, anoxia) and plant antioxidant protection of tissues, mitochondrial functions and the regulation of programmed cell death, and phytoglobins and their roles in nitric oxide scavenging and regulation of metabolic events.
Several plant species have been his research objects through the years, including barley, wheat, rice, arabidopsis, yellow flag iris, garden iris, Norway spruce and Silver birch. In addition to more traditional methods and techniques, his group uses also transcriptomics and metabolomics, and laser scanning microdissection to study specific cells and tissues. His group works in collaboration with Finnish, Scandinavian, Central European, Japanese and Canadian researchers.
See Kurt Fagerstedt's profile in the research database TUHAT