Diabetes and Heart Disease Research Unit

Diabetes and Heart Disease Research Unit is focusing mainly on
- genetic studies of type 2 diabetes,
- congenital hyperinsulinemia,
- early onset atherosclerosis and
- inherited heart diseases (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy).

The le...

Epigenomics of vitamin D

The scientific interest of our team is on mechanisms of gene regulation and its impact on major common diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis and cancer. Our investigations use methods of molecular biology, bioinformatics and systems biology.

Genetics of gene regulation in disease

Transcription factors regulate their target genes not only upon specific stimuli, but also through binding to specific DNA sequences. Genetic variation that occurs on those binding sequences may disturb target gene expression. It is also a potential source for the “missing variation” in polygenic...

Immunology of type 1 diabetes

We study the immunological dysfunctions in human type 1 diabetes by utilizing samples from well-characterized Finnish clinical cohorts and by using state-of-the-art biomedical methodology

Jyrki Virtanen

University researcher (tenure track), Kansanterveystieteen yksikkö