The Institute of Biotechnology (BI) at the University of Helsinki is an independent research institute with a mission to increase knowledge in biotechnology and integrative biology and use this for the benefit of society.
BI has research programs in Molecular Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genome Biology, and Structural Biology & Biophysics. BI has state-of-the-art facilities in imaging, model organisms, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, crystallography, and NMR.
Golden angle in plants: two hormone-based fields needed for robustness of leaf orientation
December 18, 2013
A recent article in the Nature by a research consortium including Professor Yrjö "Ykä" Helariutta and a previous post doc in his group, Anthony Bishopp, sheds light to the phyllotactic golden angle mystery - why each new leaf emerges from the shoot apical meristem at an exact 137.5 degree angle from the previous one.
Three-year research projects funding to Mikko Airavaara and Nicolas Di-Poi
December 5, 2013
Mikko Airavaara’s project "Novel primate-specific GDNFOS-3 gene in health and neurodegeneration" and Nicolas Di-Poi’s"Molecular developmental genetics of craniofacial tissue morphogenesis and regeneration in reptiles" were awarded University's funding to research projects for the years 2014-2016.
Stem cells and regeneration research fortified in the Institute of Biotechnology
November 27, 2013
Developmental and stem cell biology is a crucial field for understanding tissue regeneration and possibilities for creating regenerative medicine. Vertebrate tissues have a tremendous diversity in how they regenerate or how they are repaired. Two new group leaders in BI, Nicolas Di-Poi andPekka Katajisto, have stem cells as a part of their research.
State-of-the-art core facilities
The Institute has the-state-of-the-art core facilities, which are shared both locally as well as nationally as part of Biocenter Finland and are also popular among enterprises in the life sciences area.