1980 …2018
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Research interests

My main responsibility is to advance science and technology in the fields of Industrial Biotechnology and Synthetic biology. At VTT this research consists of ~90 people, with expertise in metabolic engineering, protein production, plant biotechnology, metabolomics, enzymology, synthetic biology, and bioprocessing. I have supervised or co-supervised ~25 doctoral theses.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Helsinki

External positions

Adjunct professor, Aalto University

1 Jan 2016 → …

Co-PI of a Finnish Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials Research (HYBER), Academy of Finland

20142019

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Research Output 1980 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)

A High-Throughput Workflow for CRISPR/Cas9 Mediated Combinatorial Promoter Replacements and Phenotype Characterization in Yeast

Kuivanen, J., Holmström, S., Lehtinen, B., Penttilä, M. & Jäntti, J., 1 Sep 2018, In : Biotechnology Journal. 13, 9, 1700593.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats
Workflow
Yeasts
Phenotype
Transketolase
4 Citations (Scopus)

A universal gene expression system for fungi

Rantasalo, A., Landowski, C. P., Kuivanen, J., Korppoo, A., Reuter, L., Koivistoinen, O., Valkonen, M., Penttilä, M., Jäntti, J. & Mojzita, D., 1 Jan 2018, In : Nucleic Acids Research. 46, 18, 15 p., e111.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Fungi
Transcription Factors
Synthetic Genes
Gene Expression
Gene Expression Regulation
1 Citation (Scopus)

Coacervation of resilin fusion proteins containing terminal functionalities

Fang, W., Nonappa, Vitikainen, M., Mohammadi, P., Koskela, S., Soikkeli, M., Westerholm-Parvinen, A., Landowski, C. P., Penttilä, M., Linder, M. B. & Laaksonen, P., 1 Nov 2018, In : Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 171, p. 590-596 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Fusion reactions
fusion
proteins
Proteins
Peptides
1 Citation (Scopus)

Enhanced triacylglycerol production with genetically modified Trichosporon oleaginosus

Koivuranta, K., Castillo, S., Jouhten, P., Ruohonen, L., Penttilä, M. & Wiebe, M. G., 21 Jun 2018, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 9, JUN, 1337.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Trichosporon
Pyruvic Acid
Triglycerides
Xylose
Oxidoreductases
6 Citations (Scopus)

Synthetic Toolkit for Complex Genetic Circuit Engineering in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Rantasalo, A., Kuivanen, J., Penttilä, M., Jäntti, J. & Mojzita, D., 15 Jun 2018, In : ACS Synthetic Biology. 7, 6, p. 1573-1587 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Genetic Engineering
Gene expression
Yeast
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Transcription factors

Prizes

Academy of Sciences
academy
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