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                                                                                                 Funding period

Fabritius, Mikael (Food development)                                          1.1.2019–31.12.2022
Keinänen, Salli (Biochemistry)                                                       1.1.2019–31.12.2022
Lempiäinen, Tapio (Molecular plant biology)                               1.1.2019–31.12.2022
Salminen, Teppo (Molecular Biotechnology and Diagnostics)    6 months in 2019

If someone of the above-mentioned persons does not accept the position or someone in the funded position resigns during the year 2019, his/her unused person-months are proposed to be allocated without a separate call to those placed on a reserve list in the following order:

Mäkinen, Janne (Biochemistry)                      1. Reserve position
Hakkola, Salla-Maija (Food chemistry)          2. Reserve position
Winter, Zsófia (Molecular plant biology)       3. Reserve position
Rantala, Sanna (Molecular plant biology)     4. Reserve position


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