Doctoral Programme in Integrative Life Science

Organization profile

Organisation Profile

ILS is an international doctoral program providing structured training in life sciences areas requiring multidisciplinary skills and capability engage in multiprofessional cooperation. The Life Science areas that are strong in Finland include Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology, Cancer Research, Neuroscience and Virology. These areas share a strong component of multidisciplinary approaches bridging research in basic biosciences, computational sciences and medicine. The research groups affiliated in ILS represent the highest quality life science research in Helsinki. Their research interests cover nearly all aspects of modern life sciences ranging from molecular medicine and developmental biology to biophysics and systems biology.

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Research and doctoral training in ILS includes the following fields of science:

  • Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Developmental Biology and Physiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


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Mervi Aavikko

Person: UH, Teaching and research personnel

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Tero Ahola

Person: UH, Teaching and research personnel

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Laura Ahtiainen

Person: UH, Teaching and research personnel



INSTRUCT HILIFE protein crystallography platform

Tommi Kajander (Manager)

Institute of Biotechnology

Facility/equipment: Core Facility

Publications 1994 2019

Anagrelide for gastrointestinal stromal tumor

Pulkka, O-P. A., Gebreyohannes, Y. K., Wozniak, A., Mpindi, J. P., Tynninen, O. K., Icay-Rouhiainen, K. A., Cervera Taboada, A., Keskitalo, S. E., Murumägi, A., Kulesskiy, E., Laaksonen, M., Wennerberg, J. K., Varjosalo, M. T., Laakkonen, P. M., Lehtonen, R. J., Hautaniemi, S. K., Kallioniemi, O-P., Schöffski, P., Sihto, H. & Joensuu, H. T., 2019, In : Clinical Cancer Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

A variant in MRPS14 (uS14m) causes perinatal hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with neonatal lactic acidosis, growth retardation, dysmorphic features and neurological involvement

Jackson, C. B., Huemer, M., Bolognini, R., Martin, F., Szinnai, G., Donner, B. C., Richter, U., Battersby, B. J., Nuoffer, J-M., Suomalainen, A. & Schaller, A., Feb 2019, In : Human Molecular Genetics. p. 639-649

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Correlative light and electron microscopy of autophagosomes.

Gudmundsson, S. R., Kahlhofer, J., Baylac, N., Kallio, K. A. & Eskelinen, E-L., Jan 2019, Methods in Molecular Biology: Autophagy: Methods and Protocols. Ktistakis, N. & Florey, O. (eds.). Springer Science+Business Media, Vol. 1880. p. 199-209

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

DNA methylation changes and somatic mutations as tumorigenic events in Lynch syndrome-associated adenomas retaining mismatch repair protein expression

Mäki-Nevala, S., Valo, S., Ristimaki, A., Sarhadi, V., Knuutila, S., Nyström, M., Renkonen-Sinisalo, L., Lepistö, A., Mecklin, J-P. & Peltomäki, P., Jan 2019, In : EBioMedicine. 39, p. 280-291 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2012 2019

Computational analyses of small molecules activity from phenotypic screens

Tero Aittokallio (Supervisor)
8 Jan 2019

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

RNA modifications in infection and disease

Peter Sarin (Invited speaker)
14 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (Journal)

Tero Ahola (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Nordic Neuroscience

Sari Lauri (Member of organizing committee)
12 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Pro gradu-työn tarkastaja

Minttu Kansikas (Participant)

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination


Best poster presentation

Wenyu Wang (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prizes and awards

Dissertation completion grant

Tahira Anwar (Recipient), 19 Nov 2018

Prize: Prizes and awards

Matti Äyräpää Award

Olli-Pekka Kallioniemi (Recipient), 11 Jan 2019

Prize: Prizes and awards