Research groups of the Microbiology

Below are the introductions of the research groups that operate partly or wholly at the department of Microbiology in alphabetical order.


Group leaders: Kaarina Sivonen and David Fewer
Cyanobacteria research focuses on ecology, diversity and bioactive compound production of cyanobacteria. Research is based on large culture collection, genomics and other omics techniques including biosynthesis and chemical analyses of the bioactive compounds.


Fungal Co-life, Omics and Ecophysiology
Group leader: Taina Lundell
Eco-physiology, genomics, transcriptomics and metabolism of wood-decaying forest fungi are our topics of research. By the aid of modern omics, we aim at opening fungal metabolism, interactions and gene expression upon wood-decay and waste lignocellulose bioconversions to biofuels and bioproducts.

Fungal Genetics and Biotechnology
Group leaders: Kristi­ina Hildén and Miia Mäkelä
The Fungal Genetics and Biotechnology group studies plant biomass modifying enzymes from asco- and basidiomycete fungi. The research focuses on various aspects of fungal molecular biology and enzymology.


Group leaders: Marko Virta and Jenni Hultman
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...


Plant Virology
Group leader: Kristiina Mäkinen
We focus on plant cell-virus-interactions: molecular mechanisms underlying plant virus infection and interplay between viral and host proteins during potyviral replication / translation cycle.

Group leader: Kristiina Mäkinen
We are interested in molecular elucidation of the different stages of potyvirus infection and how the viral processes are localized and coordinated within the infected cells.


RNA virus replication and antivirals
Group leader: Tero Ahola
We aim towards deep understanding of RNA virus replication at the molecular level. Through the discovery of basic mechanistic principles, we develop new and general antiviral strategies.