Department of Virology

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The Department of Virology conducts both basic and applied research, focusing on the molecular biology and immunology of several different viral and chlamydial infections, as well as the pathogenesis of diseases caused by them. The Department is also developing new diagnostic methods for identifying viral diseases, and is investigating the epidemiology of viral diseases at both the population and molecular levels.

Basic education in virology is organised for students of medicine and dentistry, as well as students in the Master’s Degree Programme in Translational Medicine. The Department also organises postgraduate research education for doctoral students and specialising physicians.

The main themes of virological research include

  • zoonotic viruses, particularly those transmitted by rodents and arthropods (e.g., hanta and flaviviruses), as well as their diagnostics, molecular epidemiology, evolution, disease association and pathogenesis
  • pathogenesis and innovative diagnostics of novel DNA virus diseases
  • papillomaviruses and cervical cancer
  • molecular diagnostics and pathogenesis of chlamydia infections
  • molecular interactions between viruses and their host cells, specifically in relation to cell signalling, viral evasion of host defence mechanisms and the effects of micro RNA.

Publications

Research Groups

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Professors
KH
Klaus
Hedman
Professor
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine


KS
Kalle
Saksela
Professor
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine, Basic medicine
Tarja
Sironen
Associate Professor
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine, Veterinary science, Microbiology and virology


OV
Olli
Vapalahti
Professor
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine, Veterinary science

Teachers
MP
Mirja
Puolakkainen
Clinical Instructor
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine, Basic medicine


MS
Maria
Söderlund-Venermo
University Lecturer
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine, Biological sciences


HV
Hannamari
Välimaa
Clinical Instructor
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine

Researchers
Dina
Abdelrehiem
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Virology
Field of science Medical biotechnology
GB
Giuseppe
Balistreri
Academy Research Fellow
Department of Virology
Field of science Plant biology, microbiology, virology, Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology
RF
Riku
Fagerlund
University Researcher
Department of Virology
Field of science Plant biology, microbiology, virology
JH
Jussi
Hepojoki
Academy Research Fellow
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine


EH
Eili
Huhtamo
University Researcher
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine
Ravi
Kant
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Virology
Field of science Plant biology, microbiology, virology, Veterinary science
EK
Essi
Korhonen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine
Suvi
Kuivanen
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine
LL
Lev
Levanov
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine
AM
Anna
Mäkelä
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Virology
Field of science Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, Medical biotechnology, Biochemistry, cell and molecular biology
Maria
Perdomo Cruz
Postdoctoral researcher
Department of Virology
Field of science Microbiology and virology


MS
Mika
Siljander
University Researcher
Department of Virology
Field of science Geosciences
TS
Tomas
Strandin
Academy Research Fellow
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine

Doctoral Students
KA
Kirsi
Aaltonen
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
Field of science Veterinary science
HA
Hussein
Alburkat
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
Field of science Microbiology and virology
LC
Luz
Cabrera Lara
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine


LK
Lauri
Kareinen
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
Field of science Veterinary science
IK
Ilkka
Kivistö
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
Field of science Ecology, evolutionary biology, Plant biology, microbiology, virology
RO
Ravi Kant
Ojha
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
MS
Maija
Suvanto
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
Field of science Microbiology and virology


LS
Leonóra
Szirovicza
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
Field of science Plant biology, microbiology, virology
PT
Phuoc
Truong
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
Field of science Microbiology and virology
HU
Hasan
Ugurlu
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
Field of science Microbiology and virology
JV
Jenni
Virtanen
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
Field of science Veterinary science
ZZ
Zhe
Zhao
Doctoral Student
Department of Virology
Field of science Biomedicine

Head of department

professor Kalle Saksela
kalle.saksela@helsinki.fi
PO Box 21 (Haartmaninkatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki

Address

PO Box 21 (Haartmaninkatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki