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Academy of Finland granted funding for research on gene regulation mechanisms

The Academy of Finland Research Council for Biosciences and Environment provides funding for new academy projects. This spring, it granted funding for Associate Professor (tenure track) Andre Ribeiro from TUT’s Department of Signal Processing.

“Cells have evolved genetic circuits that help them cope with a myriad of environments. The structure of these circuits defines their dynamics. In our project, we will study gene regulation mechanisms and then use this information to construct novel synthetic genetic circuits. In this pursuit, we will use time-lapse, single-cell microscopy measurements, stochastic modelling and novel signal processing methods,” Andre Ribeiro explains.

The project will help us understand the behaviour of natural genetic circuits and produce new software tools, measurement data analysis methods and novel synthetic gene networks. Future applications are expected in the fields of biotechnology and medicine, for example.

The four-year project ‘Single cell studies of transcription regulation and dynamics of small genetic circuits in Escherichia coli’ will be launched on 1 September 2016. The Academy of Finland Research Council for Biosciences and Environment will provide a funding of 470,000 euros for the project. 

The committee received a total of 263 applications as Academy of Finland projects in its September 2015 call. The committee granted funding to altogether 39 applications. Approximately 17.6 million euros in funding is used on Academy of Finland projects.

Further information: Associate Professor (tenure track) Andre Ribeiro, andre.ribeiro (at), tel. +358 (0) 40 849 0736


Earlier this spring, the Academy of Finland Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering granted project funding to eight Postdoctoral Researchers and three Academy Research Fellows at TUT.


News submitted by: Tuuli Laukkanen
Keywords: science and research, signal processing, cell, gene regulation, funding