Molecular and Integrative Biosciences

The Molecular and Integrative Biosciences research programme (MIBS) studies biomolecules, viruses, microbes, animal cells, tissues, organ systems and organisms. 

Our research programme brings together areas of experimental biosciences, including biochemistry, genetics, structural biology, cell and developmental biology, virology and microbiology, neuroscience and physiology.

Our researchers study the molecular and mechanistic bases of life. Our researchers aim to solve for example: properties of viruses and immunological defense mechanisms, metabolic regulation and tissue homeostasis, and the development and function of the nervous system. These research areas are important for many aspects of human health, such as infectious disease, metabolic disorders and cancer, as well as brain disease and mental health.


The strengths of the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences research programme include: 

  • High quality research in many focus areas, as demonstrated by publications (see publications on the Research portal)
  • Active recruitment of new research groups and support for young, high-profile researchers
  • Modern research infrastructures and interaction with other life science units (see Research infrastructures)

    We have about 30 principal investigators and research groups and over 60 researchers of many different nationalities.


Methodologically, our research groups have extensive cutting edge knowhow, and they are well connected to other research networks, both within the University of Helsinki and internationally, including HiLIFE Helsinki Institute of Life Science, the Institute of Biotechnology, the Neuroscience CenterHelsinki Institute of Sustainability ScienceInstruct-FI and Academy of Finland Centers of Excellence.

Our researchers teach in the University of Helsinki in the following programmes:

  • Bachelor’s programmes: Biology and Molecular Biosciences 
  • Master’s programmes: Genetics and Molecular Biosciences, Neurosciences, Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology
  • Doctoral programmes: Integrative Life Sciences (ILS), Microbiology and Biotechnology (MBDP), and Brain and Mind (B&M) doctoral programmes

Research and Infrastructures