Research groups - Tampere University of Technology

TUT Research groups at Biomedical Sciences and Engineering

Computational Biophysics and Imaging Group (CBIG)

The group led by Professor Jari Hyttinen comprises 30 researchers. CBIG develops methods and tools for analyzing biological and physiological systems. Their research activities combine novel imaging methods and biosensing with computational models of the functionalities of tissues and organs. The results are applied in the development of stem cell based tissues and biomaterials.

Micro and Nanosystems Research Group  (MST)

The group is headed by Professor Pasi Kallio. The mission of this group of ten researchers is to develop autonomous systems for manipulating, treating and characterizing micro- and nanoscale biological and industrial process samples and targets. The group combines knowledge of automation and control engineering with expertise on microsystems and nanotechnology to develop novel functional systems in selected application areas.

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group (BIOTE)

The group is run by Professor Minna Kellomäki and is composed of 15 researchers. The lab enjoys a long tradition of research on biomedical engineering with particular a focus on tissue engineering and biomaterials. The lab has developed biodegradable implants made of medical polymers and composites.

Personal Health Informatics Group (PHI)

The group is led by Senior Research Fellow Hannu Nieminen. The group is made up of ten researchers who develop solutions that allow people to monitor their own health and well-being. Research is conducted in close collaboration with health care professionals, behavioral scientists and companies. The ultimate aim is to prevent chronic diseases.

Sensor Technology and Biomeasurements Group (STB)

The group is headed by Assistant Professor Antti Vehkaoja. STB’s primary research interests include microsensors, biosensors, biomeasuring and wireless sensing.

Quantitative Analysis of Medical Images Research Group

The group is headed by Professor Hannu Eskola and it produces and analyzes high-quality patient images in hospital environment, especially for the follow-up of medical treatments. In collaboration with the radiologists and clinicians, the patient materials are thoroughly selected. The 11 researchers of the group concentrate on MRI (including diffusion imaging), but in certain applications we also analyze CT and PET images.

Laboratory of Biosystems Dynamics (LBD)

The group led by Associate Professor Andre Ribeiro studies the in vivo dynamics of bacterial gene expression and genetic circuits at the single-cell, single-molecule level using time-lapse microscopy, stochastic modelling, single-cell signal processing, and synthetic gene engineering. This research aims to understand how genes and genetic circuits are regulated, and by understanding the range of functionalities that they are capable of, assist in the comprehensive engineering of synthetic circuits for regulating cellular processes.

Nanoscale Phenomena and Measurements Group (NPM)

The group is headed by Associate Professor Sampo Tuukkanen. The mission of the NPM research group is to measure, understand and exploit nanoscale phenomena ocurring in nanomaterials and devices. Examples of recent research topics are: piezoelectric sensors, supercapacitors, energy harvesting, scalable manufacturing of nanomaterial films and devices, nanocellulose structures in cell culturing.

Bioinspired Materials and Robotics Group (BMR)

The group is led by Assistant Professor, Academy Research Fellow Veikko Sariola. BMR develops new bioinspired materials with applications in biomedical robotics. The group has expertise in soft materials, soft robotics, microfabrication, micromanipulation and –assembly, and surface phenomena, including adhesion and wetting.

Computational Neuroscience Group (CNS)

The group comprises seven researchers who work under the supervision of Senior Research Fellow Marja-Leena Linne. CNS conducts pioneering research in the fields of theoretical and computational neuroscience as well as in experimental in vitro neuroscience. The group has developed groundbreaking computational models for simulating functions of the nervous system at the molecular, cellular and networks levels. The ultimate long-term goal is to develop new treatments for brain disorders and create novel information systems based on models of brain functions. CNS’s research cuts across disciplinary boundaries and brings together researchers with expertise in neurobiology, electrophysiology, applied mathematics, signal processing, and computer science. The group is part of the EU FET Flagship Human Brain project (, contributing to theoretical neuroscience, modeling of brain functions and brain-derived computation.

Physiological Measurement Systems and Methods Group (PHYSYM)

The group is led by Professor Jari Viik. PHYSYM is a group of six researchers who develop measurement and analysis methods for the detection of cardiopulmonary diseases affecting the heart and lungs. 

Computational System Biology Group (CSB)

The group is headed by Professor Olli Yli-Harja. The group develops and applies modeling and simulation tools that shed light on complex biological phenomena. CSB brings together multidisciplinary expertise spanning cell and molecule biology, signal and image processing, statistics, mathematics and computer science.

Wireless Identification and Sensing Systems Research Group (WISE)

The group concentrates on wireless biomedical sensors and wireless health technologies, implantable and body-centric antennas, wireless data and power transfer in biomedical sensing systems and novel antenna and sensor materials and their manufacturing methods. The group is headed by Professor Leena Ukkonen.

Predictive Medicine and Data Analytics (PMDA)

The group is headed by Associate Professor Frank Emmert-Streib. The group develops and applies statistical and computational methods for high-dimensional data from biomedical experiments including next-generation sequencing and gene expression data. An ultimate goal of our research is to contribute to the deciphering of causal disease mechanism of regulatory networks to realize personalized medicine.

Biophysics of the Eye Research Group

The group is headed by Academy Research Fellow Soile Nymark and it focuses on the visual system and its functioning in health and disease. This group of about seven researchers uses electrophysiological, imaging and cell biological approaches to investigate the retina in the eye, together with the retinal pigment epithelium. The overarching goal of the group is to increase the understanding of the visual system overall as well as to advance the development of novel ocular therapies.

Molecular Signaling Lab (MS Lab)

The group is led by Adjunct Professor/ University Lecturer Meenakshisundaram Kandhavelu. The group’s aim is to investigate the molecular signaling pathways of human cancer and neurological disorders. To reach this goal, we integrate both preclinical and systems medicine expertise.

Updated by: Sanni Irjala, 16.10.2018 8:22.
Keywords: science and research