Microbes have a major effect on the ecosystem and humans. Microbes run biogeochemical cycles of the elements, play a major role in the intestines of animals and biotechnology such as waste water treatment and food production, just to mention some. On the other hand, microbes cause diseases for plants, animals and humans.

The Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology covers the entire field of microbiology, i.e., bacteria, archaea, eukaryotic microorganisms and viruses in any environment where microbes can be found. In addition to basic research in microbiology, it includes applied microbiology which is reflected by including microbiologically relevant biotechnology in the program.

Focus area of the program include:

  • environmental microbiology
  • microbial biotechnology
  • genetics and genomics of microbes
  • food microbiology
  • human and animal microbiota
  • microbe evolution
  • microbe-host interactions
  • infection microbiology
  • virology

The researcher community formed around the program is nationally the most significant unit in its field and the only one in Finland in several sub-fields.

The Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry has main responsibility for the programme.

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.



Instruct-HiLIFE CryoEM core facility

Sarah Butcher (Chef), Ausra Domanska (Operatör), Pasi Laurinmäki (Operatör) & Benita Löflund (Operatör)

Institutet för bioteknik

Utrustning/facilitet: Central servicefacilitet

Molecular Interactions - Biacore T100

Minna Poranen (Chef) & Maria Aatonen (Operatör)

Utrustning/facilitet: Utrustning


Cascading carbon flow in managed forested catchments (CASCAS)

Pumpanen, J., Ojala, A., Palviainen, M., Peltomaa, E., Laurén, A., Berninger, F., Tuittila, E., Biasi, C., Laudon, H., Maher Hasselquist, E., Ostonen, I. & Nieminen, M.


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

BIOSYKLI: BIOSYKLI - Circular Bioeconomy in Päijät-Häme Region

Kontro, M. H., Vanhamäki, S., Uusitalo, V., Selin, J., Vehviläinen, J. & Taitto, V.


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Reducing the effects of forest management to inland waters (REFORMWATER)

Pumpanen, J., Ojala, A., Palviainen, M., Laurén, A., Peltomaa, E., Berninger, F., Saarela, T., Tuittila, E., Koster, K., Laudon, H., Maher Hasselquist, E., Ostonen, I., Renou-Wilson, F. & Nieminen, M.


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Guangdong Province special funds of science and technology development

Romantschuk, M., Sun, Y., Cai, Z. & Sun, S.


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt


Dereplication of natural products with antimicrobial and anticancer activity from Brazilian cyanobacteria.

Shishido, T. K., Vicentini Popin, R., Jokela, J., Wahlsten, M., Fiore, M. F., Fewer, D., Herfindal, L. & Sivonen, K., jan 2020, I : Toxins. 12, 12, 17 s., 2020, 12, 12.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Evaluating Eucalyptus leaf colonization by Brasilonema octagenarum (Cyanobacteria, Scytonemataceae) using in planta experiments and genomics

Oliveira de Alvarenga, D., Francio, M. W., Sivonen, K., Fiore, M. F. & Varani, A. M., 27 maj 2020, I : PeerJ. 8, e9158, 27 s., e9158.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Evolution in interacting species alters predator life-history traits, behaviour and morphology in experimental microbial communities

Cairns, J., Moerman, F., Fronhofer, E., Altermatt, F. & Hiltunen, T., 3 jun 2020, I : Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences. 287, 20200652.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

From Microbial Genomics to Metagenomics

Kant, R., Kumar, A. & Sironen, T., 1 jun 2020, I : International journal of genomics. 9357450.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragLedareVetenskaplig

Öppen tillgång

Growth Response of Cassava to Deficit Irrigation and Potassium Fertigation During the Early Growth Phase

Wasonga, D., Kleemola, J., Alakukku, L. & Mäkelä, P., 26 feb 2020, I : Agronomy. 10, 13 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång


13th Finnish Gut Day

Mikael Niku (Närvarande)
23 jan 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation and virus applications

Katri Eskelin (!!Speaker)
24 feb 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Geophysical Research Letters (Tidskrift)

Anne Ojala (Referentgranskare)
30 nov 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteReferentgranskning av manuskript

Federation of European Biochemical Societies - Advanced Courses Committee (Extern organisation)

Kristiina Mäkinen (Styrelsemedlem)

Aktivitet: MedlemskapstyperMedlemskap eller annan role i inhemsk/internationell kommitté, råd, styrelse

Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (Tidskrift)

Anne Ojala (Referentgranskare)
15 apr 2020

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteReferentgranskning av manuskript


Alfred Kordelin Prize

Sarah Butcher (!!Recipient), 2017

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser



Ei pisaraakaan hukkaan

Martin Romantschuk


1 Mediabidrag

Press/media: !!Press / Media

HY:n tiedote tutkimuksesta

Mikael Niku


1 Mediabidrag

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Miten pestä pyykki puhtaaksi ja samalla ekologisesti?

Per Saris


1 Mediabidrag

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Antibiooteille korvaajia

Per Saris


1 Mediabidrag

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