We are an international, multidisciplinary research team located at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki.

Research in our group investigates a number of questions central to understanding animal evolution and development: What determines the lifelong regenerative capacity of some animal lineages ? How the developmental program has evolved to generate the impressive morphological diversity of organs and tissues across vertebrates ? What are the relationships between form and function of organisms and their external environment ? To answer these questions, we investigate non-classical vertebrate models such as reptiles, which display an exceptional array of regenerative capacities, life-styles, ecologies, and morphologies. All our research projects include state-of-the-art integrative methods such as cellular biology, molecular embryology, genetics, comparative genomics, geometric morphometrics and theoretical modeling, and they offer an interdisciplinary environment for research training.
Additional information on our research projects can be found on our Research Page