Doctoral Programme in Molecular Life Sciences (DPMLS)

DPMLS trains internationally oriented specialists with a wide knowledge on molecular biosciences and a special know-how on one of the main research areas. DPMLS offers doctoral education both in natural and technical sciences.

Research Themes

  • Microbe-host interactions
  • Antibiotic biosynthetic enzymes
  • Cell adhesion and cancer
  • Collagen receptor integrins
  • Enzymology of inorganic pyrophosphatases
  • RNA polymerase and transcription

Research in Biochemistry

Biotechnology and Diagnostics
  • Novel diagnostic assay platforms
  • Bioaffinity assay technology research
  • Measurement and automation systems for diagnostic assays
  • Clinical biomarker research
  • Nucleic acid diagnostics
  • Food and environmental diagnostics
  • Antibody engineering
  • Biomarker discovery and development
  • Bio-organic chemistry

Research in Biotechnology

Food Chemistry and Food Development
  • Bioactive compounds of foods
  • Lipids and secondary metabolites of natural food resources in Northern Hemisphere
  • Quality, stability and health effects of food
  • Food metabolomics
  • Bioactive food ingredients
  • Food Product Research

Research in Food Sciences

Molecular Plant Biology
  • Photosynthesis
  • Bioenergy and Synthetic biology
  • Chloroplast redox compounds
  • Stress signaling
  • Gene regulation
  • Light acclimation and defense reactions
  • RNA-silencing
  • Plant-fungus interactions

Research in Molecular Plant Biology

UTUGS funded doctoral candidate positions

Name and funding period                                
Shruti Jain (Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics): 1/2020 - 12/2023
Niklas Jäntti (Biochemistry): 1/2020 - 12/2023
Anastasiia Kushnarova-Vakal (Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics): 1/2020 - 12/2023
Janne Mäkinen (Biochemistry): 1/2020 - 12/2020
Olli Virtanen (Molecular Plant Biology): 1/2020 – 12/2023

If someone of the above-mentioned persons does not accept the position or someone in the funded position resigns during the year 2020, his/her unused person-months are allocated without a separate call to those placed on a reserve list in the following order:

Eija Ahonen (Food Chemistry): 1. Reserve position
Asmaa Abbas (Biochemistry): 2. Reserve position
Henri Malmi (Biochemistry): 3. Reserve position
Anita Sanatana Sanchez (Molecular Plant Biology):  4. Reserve position
Nelli Vahvelainen (Biochemistry): 5. Reserve position
Saara Kuusinen (Analytical Biotechnology): 6. Reserve position

DPMLS grant for completing a doctoral degree 3/2020

Doctoral programme in Molecular Life Sciences grant for completing a doctoral degree 3/2020

Application period: 16 September – 30 September 2020 (the call closes at 23:59:59)

Grant period: The grant can be applied for 1–3 months. The awarded grant period must be used without a break within the time period: 1 October – 31 December 2020.

Grant amount: 1 727 €/month

Target group: The grant can be applied for by a person who is in the final stages of completing a doctoral degree, who has been granted the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Turku in Doctoral Programme in Molecular Life Sciences and who will defend the dissertation in a public examination at the University of Turku. The Doctoral Programme in Molecular Life Sciences grant for completing a doctoral degree can be received only once. Please, apply the grant only if you will defend the dissertation during the year 2020 or at the beginning of the year 2021. Otherwise, apply the grant in the next call.

Applying: The applications are submitted electronically.

In addition, the supervisor of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation is to confirm the information in the grant application correct by emailing to latest 30 September 2020 (please write in the subject line ‘PhD2020/name of the applicant).

Purpose of use of the grant and the conditions of applying: During the grant period, the doctoral candidate is assumed to complete the studies required for the doctoral degree and/or finalize the dissertation manuscript so that it can be submitted for pre-examination. The grant requires full-time studies. The grant cannot be received at the same time with earned income from the University of Turku, full-time work by other employer, or another working grant. The grant recipient commits to reporting on progress within four weeks of the end of the grant period. If the situation of the applicant is changed so that abovementioned conditions are no longer fulfilled, the grant recipient must inform the Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Life Sciences without delay.

Funding decisions: The applications submitted by the deadline will be evaluated by the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Life Sciences using the following criteria:

  • the completion rate of an article-based dissertation/the completion rate of a monograph
  • the completion rate of the studies required for the degree
  • the realism of the plan for completing the doctoral degree
  • the earlier granted funding for doctoral studies
  • the need for funding that enables full-time studies and the significance of the grant for completing the degree

The grant (1-3 months) can be awarded to 1-4 doctoral candidates of the Doctoral Programme in Molecular Life Sciences. Priority is given to doctoral candidates who present a realistic plan for completing their doctoral degree in 2020 or at the beginning of the year 2021. The grant recipients will be informed personally.

Further information: DPMLS Coordinator Sari Järvi (, tel. +358 50 358 4596)

Contact Information


DPMLS Director:
Professor Eevi Rintamäki

DPMLS Coordinator:
Coordinator Sari Järvi

Sitaatti PhD DPLMS Sanchez
The best thing about the DPMLS is the learning environment, with technology, nature and friends, where I enjoyed discovering the molecular basis of life.
Anita Santana Sanchez, DPMLS doctoral candidate, Department of Biochemistry