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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


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Research Output 1980 2020

Controllable coacervation of recombinantly produced spider silk protein using kosmotropic salts

Mohammadi, P., Jonkergouw, C., Beaune, G., Engelhardt, P., Kamada, A., Timonen, J. V. I., Knowles, T. P. J., Penttilä, M. & Linder, M. B., 16 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 560, p. 149-160 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Phase separation

Evaluation of synthetic formaldehyde and methanol assimilation pathways in Yarrowia lipolytica

Vartiainen, E., Blomberg, P., Ilmén, M., Andberg, M., Toivari, M. & Penttilä, M., 17 Dec 2019, In : Fungal Biology and Biotechnology. 6, 27.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
glutathione-independent formaldehyde dehydrogenase
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
7 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
Transcription Factors
Synthetic Genes
Gene Expression
Gene Expression Regulation
3 Citations (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


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