Research Infrastructures

Several research infrastructure facilities of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and HiLIFE offer research services, instruments, facilities and technologies for academic research groups, companies and authorities subject for charge. Some of these belong to University of Helsinki Life Science Research Infrastructures. These are available to internal and external users as HiLIFE platforms. On HiLIFE Infrastructures website you can read more about platform sites for information on available services, instruments and technologies, access guidelines, user fees, and contacts.

Biocenter Flow Cytometry Unit is located at the Viikki campus and provides flow cytometry analysis services and training for new users. We offer state-of-art analyzing flow cytometers for customer use. As a customer you have an option to be trained to become an independent user or you can have your samples run as a service. To offer the best service for our university-associated and external researchers, we have integrated with Biomedicum Flow Cytometry and Viikki Sorting Flow Cytometry Units and we are part of HiLIFE Helsinki Institute of Life Science.

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Biocomplex is specialized in macromolecular sample preparation and purification for functional and structural studies using preparative ultracentrifugation, monolithic chromatography and asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation technologies. Biocomplex also actively develops new purification methods for large biopolymers, often in co-operation with manufacturers. Our technologies can be used in different combinations to purify large macromolecular complexes such as viruses, virus-like particles, viral subassemblies, exosomes, membrane vesicles, large protein complexes, ribonucleoprotein complexes etc. Biocomplex is supported by the University of Helsinki (HiLIFE and Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) and Academy of Finland.

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The Biomolecular Interactions unit in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences offers molecular interaction analysis services for both academic and non-academic users. Biomolecular interactions can either be measured label-free with Biacore T100 using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) or with Monolith NT.115 using MicroScale Thermophoresis (MST). With SPR, one partner of the complex is immobilized onto the surface of a chip and with MST, the interactions are studied in solution while one partner is fluorescently labelled.

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Environmental Laboratory (former AlmaLab) is the laboratory of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences at University of Helsinki. Environmental Laboratory is located in the City of Lahti, ca. 100 km north of Helsinki. Environmental Laboratory has facilities for diverse chemical and molecular biological analyses. The laboratory is used also by other universities in Lahti area for education and research. The laboratory offers also expertise for private companies to help them in their research and development programs. In cooperation with Environmental Laboratory companies can accomplish studies which are not done by commercial analytical laboratories.

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The University of Helsinki EV core is a co-operational venture of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmacy (Viikki campus) and the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) consisting of two laboratories dedicated to extracellular vesicle (EV) research. As an academic research and service facility, the EV core provides infrastructure, state-of-the-art and emerging EV-technologies for research groups, hospitals, companies and authorities in the EV-field. The EV core facility provides diverse EV isolation, purification and characterization services and can offer contacts to various downstream analyses in other core facilities based on optimized EV-protocols.

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Helsinki University Lipidomics Unit (HiLIPID) is specialized in compositional analyses of lipids, fatty acids and their bioactive derivatives in animal and human tissues, cells and fluids. We are experienced in metabolic studies utilizing labeled precursors. We provide the services to different fields of life sciences. Customers are research groups, companies and authorities from medical, biological, environmental and veterinary sciences. The services are tailored according to the needs of the customer and vary from supported equipment rental to full analytical service (including sample preparation, mass spectrometric or gas chromatographic analysis, and multivariate statistics).

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MES-laboratory is a multi-user core facility to provide up-to-date research environment for groups located in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental sciences. It has scope especially in applying molecular genetic tools in studies of wild populations and non-model organisms. These include studies of DNA polymorphisms and gene expression patterns in systematics, biogeography, conservation biology, evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology. MES-laboratory is part of the Viikki Campus infrastructure and aims to provide services across local disciplines.

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NaPPI – the National Plant Phenotyping Infrastructure is on Finland’s roadmap for research infrastructures (FIRI – Finnish Research Infrastructure). The NaPPI facilities are located in two nodes: in the greenhouse complex at the Viikki campus of the University of Helsinki and the spectromics laboratory at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF). NaPPI operates the full continuum from genomics to non-invasive high-throughput phenomics and culminates in high precision metabolomics and chemical imaging.

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The Viikki Metabolomics Unit (ViMU) is focused on plant metabolomics. The unit offers both targeted and non-targeted analysis using UPLC-PDA-QTOF/MS, UPLC-QTRAP/MS and GC-QQQ/MS techniques. Additionally the unit offers analytical services for microbial, algal and cyanobacterial applications and pharmacokinetics and novel drug development.

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Viikki Campus research glasshouses and protected research field make it possible to conduct a wide range of high-quality scientific research and teaching. The premises include also the plant imaging installations of the NaPPI infrastructure as well growing rooms and chambers. Helsinki University mainly uses the plant growing services but also users from the outside are able to carry out projects in the facility.