Professor Hely Häggman, group leader

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Hely Häggman is Professor at the University of Oulu and Docent in the University of Helsinki. After finalizing her PhD studies at the University of Oulu she got the research group leader position at the former Forest Research Institute (at present LUKE) followed by the post doc period in Prof. Ronald Sederoff's lab in NCSU, USA.

At present she is leading the Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology research group focusing on studies on trees and wild forest berries.

PhD Katalin Toth, project researcher

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Katalin works as a project researcher in the NovelBaltic project. She focuses on the development of DNA-based authentication methods for berries and berry-based products. Currently she is working with a Bar-HRM-based approach for the identification of Vaccinium species in food matrices.

- Katalin's ResearchGate profile can be found here.

PhD Sanni Kinnunen, postdoctoral researcher

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Sanni works as project manager and as a researcher in the NovelBaltic project which is funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme

- Sanni's ResearchGate profile can be found here.

MSc Emmi Alakärppä, PhD student

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Emmi is working on her doctoral thesis on epigenetic regulation during Scots pine seed development and its role in adaptation under changing climate.

- Emmi's ResearchGate profile can be found here.

- Emmi's researcher profile can be found here.

MSc Nga Nguyen, PhD student

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Nga's research interest is on the transcriptome of wild bilberry during fruit ripening. The aim of her work is to provide the very first de novo transcriptome of the species as an exploratory data to identify the putative ripening-related regulators during fruit ripening, as well as to discover interesting bioactive compounds in bilberry.

- Nga's ResearchGate profile can be found here.

MSc Phuong Nguyen, PhD student

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Phuong's research aims to investigate the microbiome community inside wild berry fruits (endophytes) and the influence of the endophytes on wild berry secondary metabolism. The research is expected to provide dramatic knowledge of the endophyte community in wild berries and the mutualistic interaction between the endophytes and their hosts. The results of the research will be the preliminary data for investigating the benefits and applicable capacity of the useful endophytes from wild berries.

Currently, she is studying the similarity and difference between the endophyte community of three wild berry species: bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.), lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), and crowberry (Empetrum nigrum L.), and examine the putative relationship of the isolated endophytes and the berry secondary metabolites.

MSc Saija Rantala, PhD student

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Saija is a research scientist at natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) working on the cryopreservation of vegetatively propagated horticultural plants. Her research focus is on the cryopreservation of blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum L.).

MSc Heikki M. Salo, PhD student

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Heikki is a doctoral student whose focus is on metabolic responses and the role of DNA methylation and the related genes in conifer somatic embryogenesis. Currently he is studying the activity of DNA methyltransferase genes in the somatic embryogenesis of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and Norway spruce Picea abies (L.) Karst.

- Heikki's ResearchGate profile can be found here.

MTech Priyanka Trivedi, PhD student

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Priyanka is an I4 future ( doctoral candidate working on cuticular wax of wild northern berry species. The aim of her research is to study the composition, morphology and effect of environmental factors on the outermost wax layer of bilberry.

- Priyanka's researcher profile can be found here.

- Priyanka's I4 future website profile can be found here.

- Priyanka's introductory youtube video can be found here.

Past members:

Jaanika Edesi. PhD in 2018: The effect of light spectral quality on cryopreservation success of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) shoot tips in vitro

Riina Muilu-Mäkelä. PhD in 2015: Polyamine metabolism of Scots pine in abiotic stress

Laura Zoratti. PhD in 2015: Effect of environmental, developmental and genetic factors on flavonoid and carotenoid profile of Vaccinium berries

Suvi Sutela. PhD in 2014: Genetically modified silver birch and hybrid aspen - target and non-target effects of introduced traits

Elina Virtanen. PhD in 2014: Effects of haulm killing and gibberellic acid on seed potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) and techniques for micro- and minituber production in northern latitudes

Pavlo Ardanov. PhD in 2013: Priming capacities of endophytic Methylobacterium sp. on potato (Solanum tuberosum L.)

Soile Jokipii-Lukkari. PhD in 2011: Endogenous haemoglobins and heterologous Vitreoscilla haemoglobin in hybrid aspen

Jaana Vuosku. PhD in 2011: A matter of life and death - polyamine metabolism during zygotic embryogenesis of pine

Katja Karppinen. PhD in 2010: Biosynthesis of hypericins and hyperforins in Hypericum perforatum L. (ST. JOHN'S WORT) - precursors and genes involved. ACTA Universitatis Ouluensis A564

Katri Kostiainen. PhD in 2007: Wood properties of northern forest trees grown under elevated CO2 , O3 and temperature. Dissertationes Forestales 47.

Heidi Tiimonen. PhD in 2007: Lignin characteristics and ecological interactions of PtCOMT-modified silver birch. Dissertationes Forestales 51.

Maarit Sillanpää. PhD in 2003: Leaf senescence in Silver Birch (Betula pendula Roth.). Dissertatines Biocentri Viikki Universitatis Helsingiensis 8/2003

Karoliina Niemi. PhD in 2002: Ectomycorrhizal fungi and exogenous growth regulators in vegetative propagation of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.). Kuopio University Publications C. natural and Environmental Sciences. 134.

Leena Ryynänen. PhD in 1999: Cryopreservation of buds and in vitro shoot tips of Betula pendula. Metsäntutkimuslaitoksen tiedonantoja 728.

Tuija Aronen. PhD in 1996: Genetic transformation of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.). The Finnish Forest Research Institute, Research Papers 595.