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

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