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Tuomas Haltia

  • PL 56 (Viikinkaari 9)



1988 …2019
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Description of research and teaching

I am interested in the biology of copper, i.e., copper proteins, copper acquisition and copper transport. For example, we have found that Paracoccus denitrificans, a soil bacterium and a relative of the mitochondrion, secretes coproporphyrin III when grown under copper-poor conditions. In total, my scientific publications have been cited over 2900 times. My h-index is 22.

My teaching activities involve regular lectures in biochemistry (MOLE-101, BIO-201). I have also been a visiting lecturer at the Medical Faculty and Aalto University over more than ten years. Moreover, I supervise and guide students in Finnish and English and teach several types of laboratory practicals during the academic year. I also evaluate Master's theses on a regular basis. In order to develop my skills as an academic teacher, I have educated myself pedacogically (tens of credits over the years). I have also acted as the head of the teaching skills committee, section of laboratory sciences for several years. To summarise, I consider myself an experienced and qualified teacher of biochemistry.

Figure on the right

A nitrous oxide reductase monomer from Paracoccus denitrificans. The cupredoxin domain with the Cu A centre is in upper part of the figure, whereas the seven blades of the propeller form the lower part of the structure. The four coppers of Cu Z and a chloride ion are bound close to the central axis of the propeller. In the cell, two monomers associate to make a head-to-tail dimer.

Fields of Science

  • 1182 Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology
  • Copper
  • Copper proteins
  • Membrane proteins

Publications 1988 2019

Sokerin biokemiaa pitää tarkentaa

Translated title of the contribution: Sugar biochemistry needs to be revisedHaltia, J. T., 27 Mar 2019, In : Tiede. 39, 4/2019, p. 6 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateGeneral public

Kasvihuoneessa voisi saada tuntumaa ilmastonmuutoksen vaikutuksiin

Translated title of the contribution: A greenhouse could give insight into the effects of climate changeHaltia, J. T., 12 Dec 2016, In : Helsingin Sanomat. 2016, 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Kuinka ribosomi muuntaa geenin emäsjärjestyksen proteiinin aminohappojärjestykseksi?

Haltia, J. T., 2015, In : Natura. 52, 2/2015, p. 33-37 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Is coproporphyrin III a copper-acquisition compound in Paracoccus denitrificans?

Anttila, J., Heinonen, P., Nenonen, T., Pino, A., Iwai, H., Kauppi, E., Soliymani, R., Baumann, M., Saksi, J., Suni, N. & Haltia, T., 2011, In : Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. Bioenergetics. 1807, 3, p. 311-318 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities 1999 2017

International Society for Horticultural Science, ISHS (Publisher)

Tuomas Haltia (Reviewer)
1 Jul 201731 Jul 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

ISHS (External organisation)

Tuomas Haltia (Board member)
1 May 201731 Dec 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Reviewer of Juho Knuuti's Licentiate Thesis

Tuomas Haltia (Pre-examiner)
Jun 2016Aug 2016

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Student of Horticulture, Tavastland University of Applied Sciences

Tuomas Haltia (Participant)
Aug 20162020

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Okinawa, Japan

Tuomas Haltia (Visiting researcher)
15 Feb 201617 Feb 2016

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution